Tracie Lacey is from Melbourne, Australia and has been a part of our creative community for a few years. Known as Majikal Whispers, her design style is so unique and always stands out in our campaigns. We sat down to find out more about who Tracie is and what she loves about being a designer.
Why are you a designer?
I have have always loved to draw! I can sit for hours with my tablet and it doesn’t feel like work because I enjoy trying different ways to see what creation I come up with.
How did you get started?
A friend who wanted a logo made that looked like a drawing. That put me on the path of digital design because it was something I could draw for her and turn into her own unique logo. I am happy to say she loved it and still uses it today!
I live in Australia, a country that is full of colour and many different faces. I think this is why I love to draw faces more than anything.
What do you do (full-time designer, etc)?
I work as a colour/ consultant designer for a framing store named Hang Up. People bring in their pieces to be framed and this is where I get to try out different colours and styles to have their pieces pop. Working here gives me so much opportunity to see all genres of art; from simple sketches to mixed medium and of course my favourite, digital art. Seeing all the digital prints that came through the door from artists just gave me the bug to create my own. I decided I need to learn more about digital art and completed a diploma in graphic design.
What’s your earliest memory?
My mother was a artist so coming home from school and smelling the oils from the paint was the best smell. knew I wanted to create.
My favourite design tool is my iPad. I can take it anywhere and use it as paper and pencil. I love how there are so many drawing apps around and how anyone can have a go to just create!
Describe your design style.
My design style is drawing mixed with digital. I like to do band art and posters. Probably because there are people in them! ???? I like to have a drawn feel without it being too digitally manipulated.
Winning the Black Panther inspiration contest was very exciting, I had so much fun doing this.There was so many awesome entries and I was very happy my design was chosen. Entering any of the competitions is always fun but I don’t think it’s about winning. It’s more about having a go and getting your art out there.
Who are some of your favorite artists/designers?
My top 3 would be Melbourne artist Lionia because her art captures faces in a way like no other. Ruben Ireland has a style that, again, involves mainly people but he is so creative in the way he uses colour with black and white. Finally, Gabriel Moreno who is a world renowned graphic artist. His use of pen and pencil is simply amazing!
To me being creative is seeing things in something that others don’t see and how you think it would look if you put your own spin on it; creating something from your own vision.
Who or what inspires you?
Artists inspire me. Working where I do, I get to see work from students to professional artists. It is very personal and it’s what you see, not others.
What’s on your bucket list?
Number 1: working from home full time just creating.