MAKERS MONDAY: Work in Limbo by Rhea Leibel

I've always liked to draw, but in the past couple of years I found myself drifting further and further away from it. After having surgery in November of 2015, I found myself sitting around the house with nothing to do - so I grabbed some pen and paper and began moving my hands again. May 2017, I was inspired by a couple of speakers I had just heard at the Design Thinkers conference in Vancouver to start an Instagram feed featuring my doodles. With my background in graphic design, branding and typography, I've begun to morph the three of them together and now I've begun my first series of alphabet doodles.

Description of your products: 
Illustrations with pencil and ink; brush lettering; digital art; graphic design

Why do you create?
Since I was little, I've always had a strong urge to make things with my hands.

How has your art practice evolved since you first started?
It has. I'm now doing illustrations for clients.

How much time do you spend on your art practice? Is it enough?
Between my full time job as a graphic designer and kids, my time is limited. I try and practice at least 1-3 hours a week.

What is the most rewarding part of creating?
It's been rewarding coming out of my shell and showing the world what I've created. I don't like attention, but I find posting my work is pushing me to do more and hopefully inspire others.

Do you have a creative philosophy?
Doodle now, ask questions later.

What does creative joy mean to you?
I feel at ease if I let my hands do the thinking.