Lo Harris - 'I love drawing confident, colorful, fabulous ladies.'
She creates artwork that motivates and inspires action and she uses this talent to fight for equality and justice.
We are very proud to be representing Lo, and to be at the start, of what we think, will be a really exciting journey. Here's our Q&A below...
When did you start illustrating?
I've always been keen on digital art. As early as my family had a computer I was tinkering with Microsoft paint. And of course as I got older, "paint" was replaced by more sophisticated software!
Who has been the most supportive in your illustration career, perhaps your teacher, family, friends?
My parents have always left the door open for me to pursue a creative career. My mom was a professional harpist and my dad was a champion of entrepreneurship. I never felt pressured to follow the doctor/lawyer path, and I was largely encouraged to do what I wanted in terms of pursuing both journalism and art at the same time. I have a group chat with my parents, an aunt and an uncle where I share all of my updates. They are a dream team in terms of support and cheerleading. My uncle especially has helped me a lot with navigating client relationships and PR.
Did you always think art was something that was going to be a major part of your life?
I always created art, but I never took my practice seriously or saw it as a means to making a living. I was never formally taught and because of this I wasn't even sure if I was "qualified" to be an artist. But to see myself now at 24 years old as a comfortably functioning artist in New York City, it's funny.
What is your favourite subject matter to illustrate?
I love drawing confident, colorful, fabulous ladies.
How would you describe your style?
Bold, colorful and confident with lots of movement.
What is your favorite collaboration to date?
Ahh there are a couple coming soon that I can't discuss in detail but I recently got to design a subscription box coming up this fall and it's gonna be amazing!
What interested you about being represented by Illo Agency?
I was impressed by illo for a couple of reasons. First, The agency has grown so much in such a short amount of time! But I was also super excited about working with a illo because I got the sense that my interactions with the agents and clients would feel more personal and organic.
Do you have a favourite author, film director, or designer?
I'm a big fan of Yukai Du, she's a graphic designer and animator and simply amazing.
Are you working on any personal projects you can share with us?
I'm currently working with a friend to launch a line of needlepoint canvases with my work on it! It turns out the stitching community has been craving new artwork from diverse artists!
Do you listen to podcasts?
If so, do you have a favourite? Not often but there were two (very different) shows I was obsessed with (at the same time). The first is Dolly Parton's America, I love Dolly already but this podcast was so so smart and did an amazing job of contextualizing Dolly's music and how different socio-political elements came together for her to become an icon for people of such different backgrounds and lifestyles. She's truly a unifying force of nature. The second is Lore with Aaron Mahnke, which is pretty dark, spooky and in direct contrast to Dolly Parton. But that's called duality I guess.
I hope you've enjoyed readying this article. If you have any questions, or a project in mind for Lo, please do get in touch: [email protected]
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