Illustrator delighted to be named in top 50


TALENTED fashion illustrator Lucy MacLeod has made it onto a list of the top 50 emerging and established illustrators to follow on Instagram.

Lucy MacLeod at Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh getting ready to do some live drawing to promote a beauty event
Lucy MacLeod at Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh getting ready to do some live drawing to promote a beauty event

Award-winning illustrator Niki Groom offered 50 of her favourite artists and illustrators to follow on Instagram, starting with those with the lowest follower count.

Lucy ranks 24th with 29,900 followers. Niki says of her work: "I fell in love with the dreamy girls Lucy posts on a daily basis. i'm lucky enough to have an original on my wall."

Lucy, who lives in High Street, Langholm, counts among her clients British Airways, The Royal Mail, Levi Strauss, Amazon, La Perla, Bare Minerals, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Warner Bros Records, The Times, The Independent, The Guardian, Marie Claire and Elle.

She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2000 after studying a BA Hons in fine art and has been a freelance illustrator since 2002. She later specialised as a fashion illustrator. Lucy moved to Langholm from Edinburgh more than four years ago.

Since then, she has been a freelance lecturer, teaching, speaking at and leading workshops at Heriot Watt University's School of Textiles and Fashion in Gala, Duncan of Jordanstone, City of Glasgow College, Cleveland College of Art & Design, University of Cumbria and London College of Fashion.

She lives with her partner, Dwayne Bell, a lecturer of illustration at the University of Cumbria, and her two daughters Rose and Maisie.

Lucy's followers leapt from 9,000 to 25,000 in a week after she was put on Instagram's recommended list. She nominated Dwayne and he now has 34,000 followers.

She said: "I took to Instagram and got a following very quickly. It is so visual heavy whereas Twitter is text-driven. It's really easy to get your work seen on Instagram.

"You make connections directly. I've made connections with people at the top of the fashion industry from my little flat in Langholm. One of them is Christopher Kane, a Scottish designer based in London.

"You don't have to be in London or New York. Instagram is your shop window. I can have a conversation with people, interact with them and show my work to them."

Lucy also sells prints of her work and they earn her a regular income. She will also be launching a new website next month.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 9:57AM
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