In our ATAS Artist Spotlight series, we take a deeper dive into our artists through their work and the creative process and stories behind them.
Lily Milan is a British artist known for her deep, colourful, and self-expressive Copic marker illustrations. Her artwork is inspired by Studio Ghibli, various Instagram artists, illustrators, and graphic novels. When Lily is not drawing, she enjoys playing piano, cooking, and watching TV shows. A motto that Lily goes by is that “anyone can do art, it just takes practice and motivation”.
This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
“I liked the message and aim of the organization, using art for a good cause is what I’m all about”
What is your creative process?
Lily: My work is very organic as I never really plan it out before unless it’s a big piece that I would like to take caution with, I create the piece as I go with no plan of what it will look like at the end.
Which one of your works is your favorite?
Lily: My favourite piece of work is this piece as it was made as a way of expressing my struggles and my feelings. I suffer from DPD/DR and I sometimes include white eyes in my work as a way of showing that there is something missing from the soul and therefore from myself, it’s therapeutic for me.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
Lily: I would love to go to Malaysia as it’s where my family is from but I haven’t managed to get there yet, I’d like to see where my Grandad grew up.
What is your favorite piece of artwork that is not your own?
Lily: There’s too many to name but I love “Lady” by Janice Sung and every single Studio Ghibli animation that’s been created, even though I don’t think I’ve watched them all yet!
What do you listen to while you work?
Lily: I listen to a mixture of psychedelic rock, lo-fi, and classical music but my taste varies. My favourite band to listen to whilst working is Tame Impala.
Why did you decide to become an ATAS artist?
Lily: I was approached by Angie and liked the message and aim of the organization, using art for a good cause is what I’m all about.