Today we chat with Olivia le Roux and she showcases some of her work. Enjoy!
Who is Olivia le Roux and what do you do?
I’m a 21-year-old student in my 3rd year at Vega, Durban. I’m doing a BA in Creative Brand Communications specializing in Visual Communications. I’m 5ft3in and I don’t take myself too seriously. I’ve been told I’m a people’s person and I love the feeling of being inspired by someone. I’m always on an adventure; whether it’s finding a new artist to obsess over, or traveling somewhere beautiful.
How would you define your style or art?
I wouldn’t really say I have one specific style. I often look at my work over the years and it’s pretty evident, more often than not, that I’m trying something completely new. I wouldn’t want a style to define me. I’ve painted with acrylics and oils and last year I painted with water colour for the first time (that was weird to get used to), I’ve also done photography and digital illustration, I’ve drawn with almost everything that leaves a mark (including a cheap red nail polish I once had one that left red lines everywhere). I’m an easily bored person, my brain and heart need to constantly be inspired and challenged. That’s when it’s fun, that’s when you find yourself and uncover your true talent as a creative. What are you learning if your creative process is a repetitive one? I always tell myself it’s okay to be scared, it’s okay to hate your work when you’re finished with it (if you ever really feel finished with it) and it’s okay if people don’t like your work. Your work isn’t there to be liked by everyone; everything is subjective to the viewer. If you don’t make mistakes you’ll never learn from them. If you’re scared, it just means you’re about to do something great for yourself.
What inspires your work?
My inspiration comes to me sporadically. I often have days when I can’t work on something because I ‘don’t feel it’ that day, and other times I’ll go through weeks of feeling inspired by every random thing around me. My greatest influence for my work comes from people I meet and people I already know, I’m constantly learning new things about people I’ve known for most of my life. I cannot work without my earphones in and my music up high; I enjoy the disconnect to reality I have when I’m ‘in my zone’ and it also helps me relax with my work.
What are you currently working on?
Currently I’m working on a brief for ISTD as well as a year long brief for my creative subject. I’m always doing random illustrations and designs on the side for myself and my friends. Ultimately, I’m building up a good portfolio that I can be proud of.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
My advice would be:
Come to terms with the fact that, in this line of work, a lot of your time is required.
A lot of patience is required.
It’s okay to sit down in the shower and have a small cry at the end of a long day.
2am is bedtime.
You are responsible for your own growth. The Internet is full of inspiring creatives; look up tutorials and give them a try. They don’t bite.
-DON’T BE SCARED!! You’re allowed to make mistakes.
-The best person for you to EVER learn from is you
-Everyone is good at different things; NEVER discourage yourself.
-Optimism is key!
Where can our readers follow your work?
On my portfolio – http://www.behance.net/ladyloo