Boss Lady is a series that shares personal insights from creative women in business. This week we talk to Becker White. Becker is the owner and illustrator of Becker White Design, a collection of bold line art inspired by fashion. “She uses an atypical style to distort and therefore deemphasis the female form while still capturing the beauty and confidence that women exude when wearing clothes that they love.”
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your career.
In 2015, I graduated from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Photography and decided to pursue modeling while taking work as a freelance artist. Since then, I’ve had jobs in corporate fashion working as a stylist, graphic designer, and creative director. I moved to Atlanta last year and later began painting full-time. I sold my first big collection, and that was a terrific launch for my business and client base. My work has evolved a lot over this past year, and I’m currently focused on creating fashion-inspired artwork!
2. How did your career as a photographer and model influence your work?
Working as a photographer and model deepened my appreciation for the artistry behind fashion and design. My love for both has always been a huge part of who I am and how I express myself. Wearing so many hats within the industry has fueled my passion and kept me coming back to fashion illustration time and time again. Whenever I have a blank sheet of paper, I end up sketching women in bold ensembles!
3. What’s your preferred medium?
It’s tough for me to choose a favorite medium. I get bored quite easily, so it’s important for me to change up my creative routine! Working with my Wacom tablet is great because I have the luxury of being able to pick up and go. On the flip side, I feel like there’s more at stake when I work with paint or pastels. The sensation of putting a mark on paper feels exciting and adds energy to my brushwork. I love that!
4. How did you feel when Rosetta Getty shared your illustration on Instagram? (I love her designs!)
That was an exciting moment for me! Rosetta Getty’s brand is so understated, elegant, and modern. I’m a huge fan of her designs, and being able to connect with her through my own artwork was very rewarding.
6. What inspires you and fuels your creativity?
When it comes to personal work, I like to scour Pinterest for street style photography or fashion editorials, and it’s usually an expressive pose or the vibe of a person that makes me want to capture the shot on paper. My work is as much about the people as it is about the clothes they’re wearing, so I also draw inspiration from people-watching in coffee shops and exploring the city.
7. How do you decide what pieces get color, when to keep it monochromatic, and what words to include, if any at all?
I work very intuitively, so it’s not a very refined process. Whether painting or working digitally, I’m constantly adding and deducting color until I feel like the piece is complete.
Adding words to my work is a rarity. I’ll add a line of text now and then if I’m feeling playful, but I usually prefer to let the image speak for itself. I tag posts on Instagram if my illustration is inspired by the work of a photographer, model, etc., but sometimes I also draw in the names of a magazine or designer because I like to provide further recognition for their work.
8. Share one piece of advice you have for an aspiring artist and entrepreneur.
It seems so simple, but make artwork that you enjoy. As artists and entrepreneurs, I think we can easily fall into the trap of creating what we think will sell. We look outward rather than inward to define our subject matter and style. The best way to ensure that you keep on creating (and love it!) is to start from within.
9. What do you see for the future of Becker White Art, any upcoming projects you can tell us about?
Right now, I’m primarily focused on taking my own advice: to create artwork that brings me joy. My short-term goal is to visit more art events, and I’d love to collaborate with local entrepreneurs this year!
I can’t comment on any current projects, but I recently completed some Valentine’s Day illustrations for Rosetta Getty, which came about through our connection on Instagram! You can check them out on her feed, @rosettagetty.
10. Who is a Boss Lady who inspires you and why?
Oh wow, I could list so many! Sarah Dubbeldam, founder and editor-in-chief of Darling Magazine, is a big inspiration of mine. Her magazine does a great job of challenging our cultural ideals of beauty while sharing content that is meaningful and relevant to all types of women.
Just for Fun!
Best way to drink coffee: With cinnamon and a splash of foamy milk!
Go-to shade of lip color: I’m all about that 90s brown! If you’re looking for a steal, check out Gone Greige by Maybelline.
Last magazine you read: Vogue’s February Issue featuring Florence Pugh.
If you could travel anywhere, it’d be to: Right now, my dream trip would be to visit London and then train to Scotland.
A song that always makes you dance: I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston. There’s a reason it’s a classic!