Turning Doodles Into Pins: An Interview With Becca Lynn

Pins are a fabulous way to express your fandom. They’re affordable, subtle, and you can display them in a variety of ways. More and more Star Wars fans have been making pins inspired by some of their favorite characters, worlds, and vehicles, and some of them are hidden beneath hundreds and hundreds of photos on Instagram. If you know where to look, you’ll stumble upon a gem from time to time.

Just recently, I found BeccaLynnPins on Instagram and some of the designs she currently has in production made me feel like I had struck gold. It’s not often that you see characters like Ahsoka Tano, Aayla Secura, and Padmé Amidala featured on an enamel pin, so I took the opportunity to ask Becca Lynn a few questions about her love of Star Wars and what motivates her to make pins inspired by some of her favorite characters.

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Becca Lynn, and I am 17 years old. I’m about to graduate and go to college in Georgia. I’m going to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to major in illustration and minor in either animation or fashion design. While I’m really hoping to work at Pixar/Disney, I’m also hoping to continue to do my own art, and someday, open my own art gallery and teach kids and inspire them to become artists as well.

This is a painting I did of Queen Amidala (on the far right). It is the first realism painting I’ve ever tried to do and it has gold leafing on the headdress.

Do you have a background in art? Is it a form of escape for you?

I have been doing art since probably the age of 5. My sister is around 3 years older than me and she started doing art and taking art classes. In wanting to be like her, I would also join her in doing art and going to art classes. I attended watercolor classes for about 2 years, but I kept pursuing art after I stopped going to those classes because I had moved to Germany with my family. I have taken art classes in school every single year and have done art at home since moving. I also placed 3rd in the National Fine Arts Exhibit for Boys and Girls Club of America in 2011.

I would definitely say art is an escape for me. I struggle with a lot of anxiety and depression issues so art has really let me not only express it in my art but also just release stress and anxiety while doing it.

How did you become a fan of Star Wars and what about the story captivates you the most?

I first watched the Star Wars movies when I was about 6 years old. We would rent them from Blockbuster and watch them. Since I was so young, I just thought all the space fighting was cool and I ended up being Leia for Halloween that year. I got more into Star Wars a little later in life around 12 or 13 years old. This was when I started going to cons and saw such beautiful Star Wars art from so many artists. I figured I shouldn’t buy it if I didn’t know absolutely everything there was to know about Star Wars! Not only do the amazing women captivate me but also the stories are so in-depth and have so much heart and soul in them. Star Wars is a piece of art in itself, and I just fell in love with the stories, the actors, all of it.

Which female character from the Star Wars films or shows do you identify with the most and inspires you?

I love so many of the female characters both in the movies and in the shows. I would have to say Padmé Amidala inspires me the most, and I’d like to say I identify with her the most as well. First of all, Natalie Portman is just an amazing actress. In her opening scene in The Phantom Menace, she looked absolutely stunning. Throughout the prequels, she showed that she wasn’t a queen and senator to mess with and she knew how to handle herself. She took care of her people and even chose not to run away and leave them behind. She was intelligent, compassionate, loved Anakin with everything she had, and would sacrifice anything for the ones she cared for. She is definitely my favorite female character ever, and if I ever met Natalie Portman, I would tell her how much that role she played meant to me.

You’re also a huge fan of Disney. What are some your favorite Disney/Pixar movies and why do you think you have a such a strong connection to the brand?

My favorite Disney movies would have to be Tarzan, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and Big Hero 6. My favorite Pixar movies are Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University. I have such a strong love and connection to them because my dream when I was about 11 was to become an animator for Pixar. Since then, I’ve decided I’d rather work in the concept or storyboarding area of the business. I think they can really change the way people perceive the world and give children characters that they can look up to. I’m hoping to work there someday in hopes I can change the world with art, too.

You express your fandom through enamel pins. How did you fall into this world of collecting and making pins? What do you love most about it?

About 3 years ago, I started collecting pins and made my first two pins. One was a success, and the other was not so much! I decided a couple months later that I didn’t want to collect or create pins. I was still part of various pin groups, however, and had seen some cute stuff. Some time after, I decided to give it another try. In November, I started collecting again and I luckily had some pins from three years earlier. In December, I drew my first “Women of the Force” design. The opening scene of Queen Amidala in her gorgeous red gown and gold headpiece is what I drew for that design. After that one, I drew Leia, Rey, and Jyn Erso. I also decided to draw Ahsoka Tano and Aayla Secura. I was looking at them and realized they would make pretty rad pins, so I found a manufacturer, and at the end of January, I held a pre-sale and began making more pin designs!

I think my favorite thing about pins is the joy people get from them. There is so much negativity in the world and even in the pin community, so creating and being able to give someone something that will make them happy really warms my heart.

You currently have pins in various stages of production, including those from your “Women of the Force” series. What was the spark that made you go “I have to do this” and start this series of pins?

I think just looking at all the doodles I did of the girls. I was just going to hang them on my wall and call it a day, but I realized how beautiful they would be as pins!

Describe what your process is like from design to production.

For the majority of the time, I design in my sketchbook. Then, I upload an image of it into Adobe Photoshop CC. There, I make the outline of the design and color it all in while making sure it looks perfect.

What pins do you currently have in the works? And what are some pins you are hoping to make in the future?

I have both the Sabé/Padmé (black feather headress outfit) and the Leia Organa pins currently in production. I also have so many designs ready to go, but I don’t want to pile on 10+ pre-sales on my buyers at once, so I have to space them out. That way, I don’t stress people or myself out!

Pins I hope I’m able to do in the future are mainly Star Wars designs. In this business, I work and sell to mostly Disney pin collectors and there aren’t a huge pool of people who collect Star Wars pins, so I’m hoping to expand to people outside of pin collectors and to people who just really love Star Wars.

If people are interested in purchasing your pins, what’s the best way to contact you?

Currently, the best way to contact me is through my Instagram (@beccalynnpins), but I will hopefully have my big cartel shop up and running soon. (UPDATE: Becca Lynn’s Galactic Post is now open!) It will have a category for pins as well as for my original artwork and prints. I’m also hoping to do patches and stickers of my pin designs soon.

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