5th June 2019
VICTORIA HIGHET - LITTLE PIXEL CREATIVE
Victoria Highet is an artist pursuing her dream as an illustrator/designer. She draws mind boggling-ly realistic looking food, animals, and flowers amongst a whole lot more.
Her artistic skills are advantageous with her graphic design work, which she posts on Little Pixel Creative Instagram page. She uses these skills to create beautiful posters, typography and illustrations that match back to her personal aesthetic.
Her story is certainly relatable and inspiring and I don't just mean the part about wanting to work for Disney.
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Describe your aesthetic.
I’d describe my aesthetic as bright, fun, sweet and a little quirky.
Name another local creative that you draw inspiration from or who inspires you.
I couldn’t decide on one, so here is a list of SA creatives I dig: Lisa King, Paolo Sebastian, Pip Kruger, Jack Bagshaw, Grace Mackay and Kimberley McMurtrie.
Describe your dream job.
My dream job would be working for Disney in some capacity! I’d also love to be a fabric/surface pattern designer, or create all those gorgeous greeting cards you see in stores!
You can contact Victoria for project enquiries through her Instagram.
How long does it take to create an average piece?
A piece can take me anywhere from an afternoon sitting to a few days or week’s work. I always make sure I have a detailed description of what the client wants first then do up rough sketches to be approved before moving on to the final artwork, checking in with progress snaps along the way to make sure I’m on track. I have the same process for both traditional and digital projects.
What is the best lesson you learnt from your time at TAFE/UNI?
Over my time studying and doing freelance work, I’ve learned that I need to trust myself and be confident in the work I deliver. Teachers/lecturers don’t actually always know everything and if you feel strongly about something you need to follow your creative instincts!
When was a moment that you felt proud of yourself for the work you’ve done?
I always feel proud when I complete a project that I initially felt overwhelmed or nervous about. It goes back to the whole trusting yourself thing, believe you can do it and you will! Hearing positive feedback from clients always makes my day too!
One moment I felt extremely proud of is when a poster I designed won first place in the Tertiary category of the Refugee Week poster competition in 2018. There were so many amazing entries so I was really surprised that I won. Super happy and grateful to have my work recognised at that sort of level.
Where did you learn to draw so god damn good?
I’ve always loved all things drawing and painting ever since I was young. I took art lessons throughout school as well as private small group art classes for a few years. A lot of trial and error and many, many hours of practice! It’s a never-ending process really. I am still growing, learning and developing new skills every day!
What is your favourite drawing technique to use?
My go-to traditional tools of trade are coloured pencils and watercolour paint. I love layering pencil over washes of watercolour; it really brings out a lovely texture and vibrancy.
Recently I have also loved learning to draw digitally using Procreate on my iPad. And I am also learning tonnes of new Adobe Illustrator skills in my new job as a product designer and illustrator.
When did you think of becoming an artist as a career path?
I’ve always loved art, but in school I never thought I was “good enough” or that it was realistic to pursue a creative career. I ended up going to university to study psychology straight out of school. I enjoyed this in the beginning but in my 3rd year I started to realise it wasn’t making me happy. It was pretty nerve wracking not knowing what was to come next, but I’m so glad I followed my passion to become a designer/illustrator. It’s very important to feel fulfilled in your career and do work you enjoy.