Artist Spotlight: Jessica Mack
Originally from Australia, Jessica spends most of her time in her art studio that looks out onto the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. She is an artist and fashion illustrator who’s obsessed with bright colors, whimsical illustration, and fast cars.
Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
I’ve always had creative outlets, right from when I was little. I did ballet (and six other styles of dance) from when I was three until my mid twenties, and I went to school for commercial photography, but I only discovered my love of drawing and painting after taking a creative art class for my 30th birthday. I was hooked from that moment and I’ve basically had a pencil, marker, brush, or stylus in my hand ever since!
What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever created?
Probably my 7-month old daughter. 📷 But if we’re talking artwork, I really enjoyed this fashion illustration I did as part of Inktober last year: https://www.instagram.com/p/BPdMENcgtx8/. It was so different to my usual style. Oh and I created a fun, geometric mural to brighten up our garage, it still makes me smile whenever I arrive home: http://bit.ly/TriangleMural
What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative?
To make it a habit by doing something creative each day, even if it is just a few minutes. That’s part of why I love Pigment so much. I can spend a few minutes coloring while I’m waiting for my coffee, or standing in line at the Post Office, and I feel like those minutes have been well spent, and I’ve done something for myself.
Are there other coloring book artists or illustrators that inspire you?
Oh gosh, so many. I love the work by featured Pigment artists Hatch and Remco Bakker. I also particularly love Lisa Congdon, Ohn Mar Win, and Paper Fashion’s work. But I’m constantly falling in love with new illustrators and artists, and drooling over their creations on social media. My studio walls are getting really crowded with my collection of art prints and original drawings and paintings by some of my favorite creatives!