With all that negativity going around on social media, we could all use a little positive energy. Stacie Swift’s illustrated quotes and notes might just be that extra something. It’s the Instagram guide we needed but didn’t deserve.
Combining hand-drawn images and type, Swift creates relatable content that packs a punch. It’s little wonder that her Instagram page has amassed well over 200k followers. “I’d like to think that my sentimental nature and sense of humor come across in my work so hopefully they are representative of those elements of my personality,” she told The Smuggler.
“All of my work starts out as a rough idea in a sketchbook or on a loose sheet of paper,” she explained her process. “I’m not one of these people who have beautifully presented sketchbooks! Scribbled roughs are usually followed by some internet research for image references from which I begin to make pencil drawings. When I am happy with those I reproduce a final version of the drawing in black fineliner and scan the images into Photoshop to color, edit and compose my finished artwork.”
Aside from illustration and calligraphy art, she also enjoys content creation and has collaborated with various companies. Her designs vary from social media content to pin badges and playing cards. “When I was very little I wanted to be a hot dog lady,” she admitted. “I hadn’t even considered illustration as an option until I was almost 20 and when I was 23 that I went back to study illustration.”
It’s a good thing she had. Take a look at some of her work in the gallery below: