Last month we caught up with freshly graduated and incredibly talented Naomi Davies. We discovered Naomi through Depop, immediately buying the Jeremy Corbyn print and squealing with joy when it arrived, adding it to our feature wall as soon as. She is growing in success on Depop, where she sells various prints from animals, to political leaders and will even create bespoke commissions. From discussing politics, future plans and of course, Pokemon Go, she tells LHYH all.
So how did you get started as an illustrator?
During school when we had to pick our choices for GCSE I chose textiles but after hearing friends talk about their graphic design class I pretty soon dropped textiles and switched to graphic design. That’s where it all started.....
How did you find your style?
I used to doodle. A lot!
Is your personality reflected in your work?
Some of your recent work references politics and have a slight rebellious feel. Was this deliberate? I guess so yeah. I only took a recent interest in politics but I wouldn’t say I was rebellious I just kind of challenge authority. At work I treat everybody the same, even if you’re a manager or whatever I’ll give you abuse, as a joke obviously!
So, what is the ultimate message in your Sex, Dicks and Politics series? What message do you tell in your work?
To get young people (14‐25 year olds) interested in Politics. The idea of getting into a bit of trouble to have my design work out there that actually makes a difference to the world, turns heads and gets people talking would be more than worth the punishment.
Who inspires you?
Your work is often based on strong concepts and direct language, especially in Sex, Dicks & Politics. It’s interesting that it seems for you, the content is sometimes more important than the visual representation of it. Do you have a process for developing your ideas?
If you don’t get a solid message to work with before you begin designing, the outcomes are going to be a waste of time. I decide what concept is going to be first then ask myself where can I take it? I often use guerilla marketing, I love something people can interact with. I try and think of different ways I can grab people’s attention.
What advise would you give to someone just starting out?
It’s much harder than most people think it is. It’s a lot of work. What you get out of it is as much as you put in. I’m a firm believer in that. If you don’t put a lot of effort in, the outcome won’t be very good! Feedback is always good too.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received from someone within the industry?
The most frequent piece of advice is do something that you enjoy doing. I started selling my drawings on Depop while I worked at McDonalds. I just hated it and was getting so many messages on Depop off people telling me how much they liked my work. Then I’d go to my job and be sat there cleaning a door or something and I just asked myself why am I here?! It was so sudden. I was making enough from my prints to not have to go there so after that I was gone.
Do you have any projects you're working on that we should look out for?
I’m just generally trying to get my work out there. I’m trying to think of different ways to get noticed. I was thinking about placing lots of little A6 prints in places but when I thought what if I get in trouble?!
Okay, enough of the serious stuff. Give us 3 constants in your life
Depop. I wake up in the morning and follow LOADS of people, before I go to bed too. I follow about 1k a day. Coffee too.
Dedication! Where’s your favourite place to eat in Manchester?
Pedro’s Part Time Pizza is pretty cool. I’ve eaten there way too much recently. I like the cake at Home Sweet Home too, the slices are so big! I swear they’ve got bigger recently!
What’s your favourite type of pen to draw with?
I used to draw with B-5 tec point fineliners when I first started. I don’t use them as much anymore. I bought this packet of different point sizes and there was one that was a 0.05mm nib. It was tiny and I was like YES! So much detail. I use 0.1mm the most though I’d say.
What is your favourite thing about humanity?
Pokemon Go. Seeing so much support for Jeremy Corbyn makes me really happy too. I can’t believe so many people hate him. I hate seeing the country so divided.
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