Leskoletsgo: hump day happiness

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Hello, happy hump day. We have a very exciting illustrator starring in today’s hump day happiness…

 

  1. Who are you and what do you do?

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Hello! I’m Amy Lesko. I’m an illustrator and graphic designer based in the lovely Midlands with a love of chicken nuggets. (I had 14 in one sitting the other day). I work for a cool company called Ohh Deer where I get to illustrate greeting cards and design some awesome stationery! As well as this I like to do freelance work on the side, I just really like creating stuff I guess!

  1. How/where/why did Leskoletsgo begin?

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Having always been an avid doodler throughout my childhood and so on, I decided to start posting my illustrations on Tumblr back in 2011. I don’t really know what made me start posting but I just enjoyed getting feedback on my work I guess? I really struggled with school and found my doodles to be a little outlet for me.

When applying for university came around I really didn’t want to go. I didn’t know what the hell to study! In the end I just picked 2 courses, one in London and one at DMU in Leicester. I luckily got on to do Graphic Design & Illustration at De Montfort University in Leicester – it was the best decision I had ever made! For once I wanted to be good at something so I put my heart and soul into that degree. I came out with a First Class Honours and I really believe that if you work hard, you’ll see the benefits. Uni was where my old tumblr handle – roo-bar changed to Leskoletsgo (I needed my cool surname to go to some use!) and it’s gone from there really.

I landed my dream job around 3 months after graduating, in which I did cry when my boss told me I got the job. Now I know how X-Factor contestants feel like. It was great to say goodbye to working in retail, which had treated me well really, but now I can proudly say that I am one of those professional Graphic Designers and Illustrators!

  1. What inspires your designs?

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Goodness so much! As a kid I loved manga and anime and often copied things I had found on the internet of that genre. I quickly grew out of that and just started drawing in “my own style” but I don’t even know what my style is as I have developed so much over the years! I think the fundamental aspects from Studio Ghibli films have stuck with me, as I do love a cute little face. Japanese design is killer – it’s just brilliant.

Other than that I would say the little things really, if I’m out and a menu has a cool illustration on it I’ll pop it in my bag and pin it up. Even cute buildings and groovy plants, they all have a part to play! I’m a sucker for anything pink and love warm colour palettes in my work. If I see something composed of colours I like I will swatch it and save it for later.

  1. Who inspires you?

skate broAgain! Ghibli films – they are just brilliant and they make food look so good?!!

Other than that a large selection of illustrators – Laura Callaghan’s work is incredible! She can draw the ultimate babe. Charlotte Mei; I’ve wanted one of her toast plates for so long! Natali Koromoto; Her work features a lot of Japanese influences and her use colour is fantastic. Other cool creative beans are; Nina Cosford, John Bond and Ashley Ronning.

  1. What tools do you use to create your designs?

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I used to use the ye old brush and ink, but in recent months I’ve moved onto purely digital designs. I use lots of awesome brushes in Photoshop to bring my doodles to life. I’ve never been good with materials and found digital to be the best step forward for me!

  1. What is your favourite item to make?

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I find my quick doodles always turn out a lot better than my illustrations that I’ve put time and effort into? I don’t really know why this happens but I guess it’s because I’m not thinking about it too much and it just works?

Along with those I just really love drawing food!

  1. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

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We had an incredible guest lecturer at Uni called Owen Davey – he’s a massive illustrator! Anyways I wrote down 4 things he said in that lecture and pretty much live by them;

1.  Make awesome work

2.  Don’t be lazy

3.  Always meet deadlines

4.  Be proactive!

Note them down people!

I think I need to write those 4 things down and pin them to the wall in my study! I was first introduced to the lovely Amy’s work when I received my OHH DEER X Arden Rose Papergang (you  can see my review here). She also illustrated the goodies inside Papergang’s collaboration box with save the bees. Amy designed an awesome bee illustration that you can download as a wallpaper here for FREE.

 

Alongside her Papergang illustrations I also have some beauties from her Etsy shop including a stationery print, you look lovely stickers, a do it yourself french bulldog garland and her wonderful “bitching bugs” book.

 

If you would like to check out more of Amy’s work, you can find here using the links below:

 

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