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Bec Winnel

Bec Winnel

I’m a self taught artist based in the Kiewa Valley, Victoria, Australia.

I love creating detailed and delicate feminine portraits which are often accompanied by elements of nature and nostalgia.

I work with a variety of mixed medius including pencils, pastels, paint washes which can then be digitally edited and adjusted to included collaged elements.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Bec: Initially, it was a fun way to entertain myself when I was young and now I create to keep myself sane! Question: Do you have any formal design training? Bec: I have a Diploma in Graphic Arts / Design from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Bec: I live in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. I was drawn to the creative culture, to be inspired creatively and to face my fear of the 'big city'. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Bec: My studio is half of my bedroom. A big long desk with a few bookshelves, a mix match style of old and new furniture, decorated with artworks and ornaments that inspire. All neatly crammed into a smallish but cosy space. Question: How do you get your ideas? Bec: My ideas are triggered mostly by emotions or by visual stimulation; fashion photography, people in the street, emotional reaction to a song. Question: Do you collect anything? Bec: Minature things; I have little animals, a little tea set my Nan used to play with, tiny perfume bottles and other odd small ornaments. Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Bec: Kind of, on my computer I have thousands of images I’ve collected that provide reference or inspiration. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Bec: I love horse riding, though don’t get the time lately. I also love road trips, lomo photography, riding my bike around the city with my dog in the back basket, anything Mac and seeing live bands. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed? Bec: I loved doing a project for CLEO magazine, called the Classic Beauty Looks of All Time. I had complete creative freedom.
Question: Who are your art heroes? Bec: Brett Whitely and the old masters, like Leonardo Da Vinci. Question: Who is your illustration hero? Bec: Lilly Piri is my all time favourite. Question: Who is your musical hero? Bec: Carol King is a long time favourite of mine. Question: What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into illustration? Bec: Draw what you love and what you are good at. Don’t give up, have dreams, take opportunities and all will fall into place. Question: Do you have a method for dealing with the feeling of having no ideas? Bec: I have a 'sook' and then I get over it. Sometimes a road trip or bike ride clears my mind so that I can start being inspired again. Question: If you could take a holiday leaving tomorrow, where would you go & what would you do? Bec: I’d go to Paris and visit Monet’s garden and see the Mona Lisa. Question: Do you have any pets? Bec: A little white fluffy dog called Charlie Girl and a defiant cat called Audrey. Question: If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why? Bec: Probably the 1500’s because I love their fashion. Question: Who would you like to have as your muse if your were painting their portrait? Bec: Viktoriya Sasonkina... She is so uniquely beautiful, she has what I consider the perfect face! Question: What’s your favourite scene or line from a film? Bec: Marie Antoinette is a favourite film, packed with SO many beautiful scenes. Question: What’s your favourite quote from a song or book or someone? Bec: Albert Einstein, "Imagination is more important than knowledge".
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Gallery: National Gallery of Victoria
Art Equipment/Tool: Epson Archival Matte Paper
Food: Mum’s meatloaf and potato bake
Drink: Milk
Shop: Eckersleys Art and Craft
Blog: Daydream Lily