This week’s featured artist, Daisy Beatrice, hails from Australia and creates cute creatures and gorgeous designs. Read below to learn about what inspires her to create her art, her childhood, and more!
BBP: Describe your art in 5 words or less!
Daisy: Bright, colourful, cute, happy, quirky
BBP: Name an artist or person that inspires your art and why!
Daisy: That’s easy – my mother is my greatest inspiration! She lives, breathes and dreams art, it’s part of her DNA. She brought us up to appreciate the wonders of nature and the beauty in everyday life; and she encouraged us in whatever form of artistic expression came naturally to us. She’s my art hero.
BBP: Did you go to school for art or are you primarily self-taught?
Daisy: I studied Fine Art and then Graphic Design, but to be honest, most of my really useful lessons have been learned via YouTube video tutorials. I’m so thankful to those generous souls who share their tips and tricks online.
BBP: When did you start designing/creating? Was there a particular event that inspired you to pursue it further?
Daisy: I’ve been drawing and doodling since I was a little child, but I never used to think anything of it. Just felt like I was messing around having fun. When I was about 10, I started entering and winning art competitions. That’s when I realised that people liked my work, and that art was the most important thing in my life.
BBP: How has your style changed since you started?
Daisy: I used to mainly draw and paint, but when I discovered Adobe Illustrator I fell head over heels in love with vector illustration. I still love drawing and painting, but vector design is now my first love.
BBP: Where is the coolest place you’ve visited?
Daisy: Ayers Rock or Uluru in the central Australian desert. You travel across endless miles of flat red desert and then this enormous red monolith suddenly rises up out of nowhere and dominates the landscape. Breathtaking!
BBP: Do you have a particular spot or place where you create most of your art?
Daisy: I have a gorgeous little office/studio where I do all of my computer work. But if I’m drawing or painting I’ll usually be outside on my sunny back verandah where I can see the garden and hear the birds.
BBP: Do you enjoy designing for children?
Daisy: I adore designing for kids! I love their appetite for cuteness and fun; bright, clean colors and quirky characters. My favorite thing about children is that they’ll tell you straight up if they don’t like something. Many times I’ve had to rework one of my critters until my mini critics are satisfied that the optimal level of cuteness has been achieved!
BBP: Do you have any pets?
Daisy: I’m ‘between cats’ at the moment! I love cats, and I’m always happier when I have a little fur ball plonked on my lap, trying to drink my coffee on the sly, or fiddling with all the interesting things on my desk!
BBP: Growing up, were your parents into or involved in art?
Daisy: Yes, my mother is a fine artist who also ran an amazing art jewellery business at one stage. We always had loads of art stuff going on in our home, and most of my siblings are into art in one form or another.
BBP: What were your favorite hobbies as a kid?
Daisy: If I wasn’t drawing or painting, I was reading.
BBP: What’s your favorite story to tell about your childhood?
Daisy: When I was about 10 or 11, I won a creative writing competition run by our local newspaper. The prize was to be made the Children’s Editor in charge of the kids’ magazine section. Every week I had to write an editorial piece, and in the following week I would receive hundreds of letters and drawings from other kids responding to the piece and telling me about their lives. Super cool experience, I’ll never forget it!
BBP: What did your room look like growing up?
Daisy: Tidy! I was a neat freak, still am actually. And colorful, and pretty, with lots of books and art supplies and lovely little treasures that inspired me.
BBP: Do you prefer to swim in a pool, ocean, or lake?
Daisy: I’m Australian, we love the ocean.
BBP: Do you prefer milk chocolate or dark chocolate?
BBP: Sunglasses or hats?
BBP: Sweet or savory?
BBP: Dogs or cats?
Daisy: Love them both, but I’ve always had cats. Cheeky, fluffy ones.
Check out more of Daisy Beatrice’s work here!