Whether in comic strips or storybooks, illustrations have a way of transporting us to new realities and making our daydreams come alive. For artist and illustrator Elizabeth Beals, her imaginative creations do exactly that. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Elizabeth utilizes both digital and traditional illustration mediums to produce her vivid works that have appeared in publications like Atlanta Magazine and Colors Magazine.
We sat down with the illustrator to talk about what inspired her piece for the Daydream Artist Series, and why we all need to be a little kinder to ourselves during the current climate.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
Elizabeth: I’m a freelance illustrator based out of Atlanta, GA. When not illustrating, I enjoy baking, wooing the neighborhood cats, and re-reading all my magical girl mangas <3
Q: Tell us about your process and inspiration behind your artwork. What is your daydream and how can people feel inspired to daydream during these tough times?
Elizabeth: With this piece, I specifically set out to work with mediums I generally don’t use. The base of the illustration was done traditionally, using watercolors, gauche, and colored pencils. Once I reached a good stopping point, I scanned it in and just proceeded to experiment in Photoshop until reaching the end result. This piece is A LOT looser than my normal body of work but because of that, I think it’s better suited for the theme of a daydream.
On a side note, staying optimistic, having goals, and yes, even daydreams, are not a waste of time! You need to be kind to yourself and know you’re worth the time you’ve set aside for yourself (especially in today's climate).
Q: What do you hope people will take away from this piece?
Elizabeth: Don’t be afraid to experiment, be silly, and when all else fails, just go with the flow.