Stellar Leuna is an exhibiting artist and illustrator from Sydney, Australia. Featuring her work in various apparel design, album artwork, online editorials and branding. Her obsession with occultism, punk rock and counter culture have informed her stark black and white ink drawings that depict a nocturnal world of “romantic satanism”, where witches, demons and teenage girls co-exist, often in harmony.
Lee Jowono is a Sydney based, freelance graphic designer and host of The Talent Scout podcast which he operates with his co-host and brother Jamie. Focusing on advertising and merchandising for record labels, venues and artists.
HOW DID YOU FIRST MEET?
SL: We met in our second year at uni where we studied graphic design. We had some mutual friends so we just hung out a lot together. We saw each other everyday so it was easy to talk about stuff we were both obsessed with so we’d just geek out about Buffy and horror movies all day.
LJ: I noticed her on the first day of orientation because she was a cute girl wearing an Arch enemy t-shirt but I didn’t have the balls to talk to her until
CREATIVELY, WHAT INSPIRES YOU ABOUT YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER?
LJ: Creatively, I’m mostly inspired by Stella’s ambition. For years after uni people told us that you couldn’t make cool stuff and make money from it and Stella never listened to them. She made art that was intrinsically ‘hers’ and worked her ass off and now she has an audience and a client base that loves her for it. She also never let being young, female or a minority slow her down, in fact they are all themes she explores in her work (without being preachy or annoying) and I think that it’s super inspiring to other young, female and coloured artists.
SL: Lee is always himself and that’s what inspires me the most about him. He never filters his personality to fit in with other people or to be liked by others, and I think that in a world of fake people, that’s really admirable and rare. He’s super ambitious as well and is always driven to create music and do what he loves and that keeps me motivated to do the same. We always make sure to reflect on our years achievements and make goals to keep each other driven.
DO YOU SHARE TASTE IN MUSIC? IF SO, WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO AT THE MOMENT?
SL: We like a lot of the same stuff. We generally fluctuate between different genres of metal and hardcore and some 90’s grunge/punk. At the moment we’re obsessed with Elder, Oathbreaker and Gatecreeper.
LJ: I’ve always been a heavy music fan but meeting Stella got me into bands like L7, Melvins & Electric Wizard. Bands i’ve always been aware of but hadn’t been down the rabbit hole with. My tastes sway a little more into 80’s metal territory than hers but it’s pretty easy to find common ground.
BEING THAT YOU’RE BOTH FREELANCE ARTISTS IN YOUR OWN RESPECTS, DOES IT MAKE IT EASIER TO DEAL WITH THE DAY-TO-DAY STRUGGLES THAT FREELANCING COMES WITH?
SL: Yeah I think so. I mean if either of us are stressed about a deadline it’s a little easier when the other person knows exactly WHY it sucks.
LJ: It definitely helps with the boring stuff like quoting a job and communicating with a client, we often bounce ideas off each other before we send off important e-mails.
WHAT ANIMAL DOES YOUR PARTNER REMIND YOU OF?
SL: Lee reminds me of a monkey.
LJ: Stella’s a cat.
IS THERE ANY SIMILARITIES IN WHAT YOU CREATE?
SL: Not really haha. Lee does a lot of menu designs, flyers, web banners and stuff, anything digital. But I draw with a brush and also digitally on manga studio. So our mediums are completely different. He’s a graphic designer and I’m an artist/illustrator so there is a similarity in that respect.
LJ: Interestingly no, Even on things like band merch or record covers which we both work on from time to time, our stuff winds up looking completely different. Stella’s art actually has a lot more in common with the music i write and the stories I come up with
HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED COLLABORATING TOGETHER?
SL: Yes we talk about this all the time but it’s hard when we are both busy with our own work and don’t have much time for personal projects. But yeah, we do have a bunch of things we would like to do together eventually.
LJ: We have wanted to do this since we started dating and there are a couple of projects that are finally starting to take shape, which is exciting! My greatest fear however is that we turn into one of those couples on ‘The Amazing Race’ who just scream at each other whenever they attempt to work together, which is entirely possible
WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SHOW TO BINGE WATCH?
SL: Seinfeld and Buffy.
LJ: This year some of our faves were: Vice Principals, Game of Thrones and Black Mirror. We constantly revisit Friends, Seinfeld, Simpsons, Buffy & That 70’s Show though.
WHAT’S A SPECIAL TALENTED THAT YOUR PARTNER HAS THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULDN’T KNOW?
SL: Lee is really good at navigating his way around foreign countries and figuring out their public transport services. Whenever we travel together he is the one who writes up our itinerary and figures out how to get places which is very convenient for me, because I am terrible at it but really good at making sure we have all of our things and nothing gets lost (because he loses things all the time).
LJ: Stella is pretty quiet and is most well known online for her visuals, so i suppose what a lot of people don’t realise is that she’s extremely eloquent and an incredible speaker. She has really strong and well thought out opinions on a lot of different things whether they are important global issues or plot points in terrible CGI-ridden movies.
WHAT’S A MOMENT THAT’S TAKEN YOUR BREATHE AWAY?
SL: When we went to the US a few years ago, we drove from LA to Yosemite National Park on our way to San Francisco. As we were driving up the top of a mountain, it started snowing really heavily. We have never seen snow fall before and especially not on top of a mountain covered in pine trees (which were also covered in snow). When we got to the top of the mountain there was a general store, and across from it literally 3 metres away was this beautiful lake lined with pine trees. It was amazing. We’d never seen anything quite like it in person.
LJ: I ate this cajun turkey sandwich in Seattle that i’ll never forget. I suppose the sandwich is the real star of this story, but stella was there.
SL: I am not a big fan of sandwiches.