London based abstract artist Lillie Bernie paints her interpretation of human emotion, whilst sharing her modelling career and artistic journey with her loyal following on Instagram.
This talented creative knows how to capture your attention, as she herself is constantly inspired by human interactions. She also enjoys challenging personal experiences, portraying this emotion through bold colours and textures.
Continue reading to find get to know a little bit more about Lillie, and how she uses Instagram as her digital portfolio.
MVASKS: WHEN & WHERE DID YOU FIRST GET SCOUTED?
I first got scouted when I was 14 in Spain at my cousins wedding by IMG
MVASKS: WHAT INSPIRED YOUR ARTISTIC JOURNEY?
My artistic journey started a year in a half ago. I had a painting on my wall which I had completed for my final A level project. People would always comment on it and tell me I should continue.
After graduating from university as a broadcast journalist, I decided to go full time modelling, as journalism wasn’t for me. My auntie had then continuously asked me to paint for her and offered to pay me. After completing her painting, I uploaded a picture to Instagram where I received a few more requests – this continued and lead me to where I am today.
MVASKS:HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR PORTFOLIO?
My artistic portfolio is very expressive, I am obsessed with materials such as plaster and glue and always trying to figure out how to make new exciting textures.
MVASKS: TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORK IN BROADCAST JOURNALISM, WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO FOLLOW THIS PATH?
At the time I decided to undertake a degree I wanted to study journalism as my goal was to be a tv presenter. I am very social, and I enjoy learning about different people and places, so it seemed like a perfect fit.
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Did you catch my new YouTube video👀 who would have thought @bandq_uk is my favourite ever store?? Also you can find me cleaning 3 litres of paint from my car 🤦🏻♀️😥 if anyone needs to get rid of the smell of paint trapped in a car.. use baking soda… Link in bio✨
MVASKS: HOW HAS INSTAGRAM HELPED YOU BOOST YOUR IDENTITY AS A MODEL AND ARTIST?
Instagram has been the best tool for me as both an artist and a model. It is the only platform in my career which allows me to portray me as both of these roles. I get told by galleries that I won’t be taken seriously as an artist because I’m a model. Instagram allows me to prove them wrong, as I am constantly selling work through Instagram and it’s the best way to connect with my audience.
MVASKS: WHAT CREATIVE ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR MODELS WANTING TO DESIGN THEIR FEED?
I have spent many many hours changing and redesigning the way I want to post. I still am never really happy with it. It’s so difficult portraying both modelling and art, so I make sure to plan ahead with posts so I can see how it will be laid out and use the same filters through out. The hardest thing is if I really love a picture and it doesn’t fit, I’ve now learnt that I have to wait to post it.
MVASKS: WHO INSPIRES YOU?
Bram Bogart and Jason Martin are my all time favourite artists.
MVASKS: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MODELLING EXPERIENCE & WHY?
I think doing the Nivea campaign because it was a job I never thought I would get and felt like a real achievement.
MVASKS: WHAT IS YOUR LIFE MANTRA/ QUOTE?
You only appreciate the good days if you have bad ones.
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So I wouldn't usually promote my art on this account but I'm very happy with what I have created. It's my first painting which has been sold. I really appreciate all the love as it has been something I have worked on for a while and now want to share. I hope that it continues as I love painting and hope you all see a different message behind the painting @lilliebernieart 💕
MVASKS: WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN MODEL VILLAGE & WHY WOULD YOU ADVICE OTHER MODELS ALSO JOIN OUR COMMUNITY?
Model village is great, it supports models not just as models but anything else we want to do , they give us a platform to be heard.