Stacie Swift prefers focusing on the positive than the negative. Her illustrations – a combination of hand-drawn images and type – serve as colorful, uplifting, reminders for anyone looking for some good advice.
By combining her bold artwork with relatable and honest captions Swift has grown a loyal Instagram following of over 200k people. She also enjoys content creation and has collaborated with various companies with designs that include anything from social media content to pin badges and playing cards.
“All of my work starts out as a rough idea in a sketchbook or on a loose sheet of paper,” she shared with The Smuggler, talking about her creative process. “I’m not one of these people who have beautifully presented sketchbooks! Scribbled roughs are usually followed by some internet research for image references from which I begin to make pencil drawings. When I am happy with those I reproduce a final version of the drawing in black fineliner and scan the images into Photoshop to color, edit and compose my finished artwork.”
“When I was very little I wanted to be a hot dog lady,” she recalled. “Then I wanted to be a journalist. Then a lingerie designer. I hadn’t even considered illustration as an option until I was almost 20 and when I was 23 that I went back to study illustration.”
“I’d like to think that my sentimental nature and sense of humour come across in my work so hopefully they are representative of those elements of my personality,” she says. Take a look at some of her delightful illustrations and mantras, and follow her Instagram page for more.