Lucie Duclos is a graphic and surface pattern designer, illustrator, teacher and mixed media artist. She works with collage, watercolor, monoprints, and acrylics. She has worked in publishing and package design and illustration. You can find her surface pattern designs on Spoonflower and her mixed media art classes on Skillshare. She makes her home in Victoria, British Columbia.
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Lucie’s website is duclosdesign.com.
Her online classes are hosted through Skillshare, but you can use the links right on her website. She is offering two free months of Skillshare classes when you use the link on her website.
Feel free to follow her on Instagram @lucieduclos.
You can find her surface pattern designs on Spoonflower.com.
Lucie is the Uppercase Magazine Issue 41 cover artist. To learn about Uppercase and get a subscription, go to their website here.
Here are some great takeaways from our conversation:
- Make sure that you have time to make not only the art that is for clients, but also the art that is just for you.
- Lucie has done some big projects where after she has hand drawn them, she scans them in as a vector image in Adobe Illustrator. This enables the drawing to be blown up as large as you want. She did this for a drawing that became a large mural.
- If you’re thinking of moving to an area, consider applying for an art residency there first to see if you like it. That’s what Lucie did when she did a residency in Port Townsend, Washington.
- An artist residency is also a good way to really concentrate on a project and get clarity on what you want to do, because you’ll have uninterrupted time to work on it.
- Lucie teaches online classes through Skillshare. She likes that she is able to teach people from all over the world.
- Skillshare is a subscription site, so as a student, you just pay a small monthly fee to gain access to all the classes.
- Lucie likes to keep her classes to about 30 minutes long.
- Repeat patterns are a design method you can use to develop fabrics or wallpaper. Spoonflower.com is a website you can use to upload your patterns and print products on demand.
- Also on Spoonflower, other people can buy your designs in fabric, wrapping paper, or wallpaper.
- Lucie uses Adobe Illustrator to create her surface patterns. You can also use ProCreate.
- Lucie doesn’t buy papers for her collages, she uses the scraps that she’s created and are left over from other things.
- You can get first notice of Lucie’s classes by getting on her email list.