a little chinwag with frankie cover artist abbey lossing
“Most people I draw are completely made up.”
Tell us a bit about yourself, please. I'm an illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. I worked as a staff illustrator at both BuzzFeed and Vice News, before taking the plunge into full-time freelance last year.
How do you describe your style of art? My style is influenced by my background in screenprinting and my love for textile design. I love drawing people, and try to integrate patterns and shapes whenever possible.
What kinds of materials do you use? Occasionally I create limited edition screenprints, but other than that, my work is completely digital.
Talk us through your creative process. I start with a rough sketch in Photoshop, then build it up to a more finalised drawing using layers. Next, I choose the colour palette. My work is fairly simple, so finding a successful colour combination is really important. Working digitally gives me the ability to quickly change and adjust colours until I find something that works. It’s a lot of trial and error.
Who are the lady and dog in this image? Most people I draw are completely made up. I drew the lady first, and it seemed like she was missing something. I decided she needed a dog companion, and since she was dressed in a winter outfit, a husky seemed like a good fit.
What do you listen to or watch while you’re drawing? Mostly podcasts and music. The US political situation is... interesting at the moment, so I mostly listen to political podcasts. For music, I've been digging Father John Misty and Leon Bridges. Punch Brothers are an old-time favourite, as well.
Want to see Abbey’s lovely cover ‘in real life’, as they say? Hook yourself up with a copy of issue 83 over here, or pop over this-a-way to subscribe from $10.50. Check out more of Abbey’s work on her website and Instagram.