Image shows - Illustrator Lucie Conoley

Lucie Conoley – Creative Me

Image shows - Illustrator Lucie Conoley
Illustrator Lucie Conoley

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A meeting place for creative folk. Be inspired by their stories.

Illustrator Lucie Conoley uses her unique eye for detail to create Mips, bespoke illustrated maps that detail the “Most Important Places”, from the planet’s capital cities to people’s beloved hometown streets. All Lucie’s Mips are hand drawn then completed in Photoshop and Illustrator. She also creates Mips as acrylic on canvas paintings.

Lucie joins us Under the Oak Tree to talk illustration, inspiration and ghost stories…

1. What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on a piece for a public art event. It’s a trail but I’m not allowed to give details until the 1st May (and it’s killing me!!!!!). I am putting a map onto a 3D structure, which is something I’ve never done before – but challenge accepted and I’m excited!

Image shows - Illustrator Lucie Conoley at work in her studio.
Illustrator Lucie Conoley at work in her studio.

2. Describe your desk or workspace?

My workspace is a hive of chaos with no order to anything, but I have a salt rock lamp in there, a very battered radio and a giant peace lily to bring a small sense of calm to it all. 

3. What’s the soundtrack to your work?

I actually love listening to the plays on Radio 4 Extra. Anything period drama-y, or if I’m up late then it’s ghost stories, like Vincent Price’s ‘The Price of Fear’.

Image shows - Lucie Conoley's Map of Important Places (Mip) of Arundel, West Sussex.
Lucie Conoley's Map of Important Places (Mip) of Arundel, West Sussex.

4. Who or what inspires you?

Goodness… I am inspired by so many people, for so many reasons. My dad who HAS to make music regardless of anything else that goes on in his life. I’m inspired by friends who have worked long hours at the bottom for nothing, and seeing them now in their 30’s doing what they love. I’m inspired by teenagers who already know who and what they want to be – and are so driven to make it happen. I’m inspired by anyone who has passion.

5. What do you need to create?

I need a cup of tea, and a 6H pencil.

Image shows - The Thames in London, mapped out by the illustrator Lucie Conoley.
The Thames in London, mapped out by the illustrator Lucie Conoley.

6. What time of day does your brain come alive?

Always at night time… It drove my partner mad. I don’t do it anymore but I definitely prefer working at night.

7. What advice would you give to someone wanting to do what you do?

Someone once told me that, ‘In a world full of things, you only have to do one thing well.’

Image shows - Lucie Conoley is mapping the Most Important Places (Mips) in the world. This is her unique take on Edinburgh.
Lucie Conoley is mapping the Most Important Places (Mips) in the world. This is her unique take on Edinburgh.

8. What do you do when you lose sight of your inspiration?

I find it hard to step back from things. I push on, which doesn’t always feel right at the time, but it works for me because it always brings me back to a positive place.

9. Tell us one thing about yourself that no one would guess?

I am absolutely mad for British history, in particular the Plantagenets through to the Elizabethan period.

Image shows - South West London by Mip creator, the illustrator Lucie Conoley.
South West London by Mip creator, the illustrator Lucie Conoley.

10. What’s next for you?

After this current job I will be starting a large scale Mip of Manchester. Which is wonderful for me because I am from Macclesfield in Cheshire and Manchester is my home from home.