Hi Laura – Welcome to DS! Tell us a bit about what you do:
I work freelance creating Illustrations, Murals and Caricatures.
How did you get into art and Illustration?
I have enjoyed drawing and painting for as long as I can remember so I knew that I would be involved in art in some way when I grew up. I trained as a performer when I left school and concentrated on that for a few years, but art was always there, so I did an art foundation course and then went on to complete a degree in Illustration.
When creating art/illustrations, what to you is the most important aspect: planning design or implementation? and why?
I think it’s important to plan and draft ideas for commissions as they can then develop further into stronger concepts, also, it helps to give the client an idea of your thought process.
Do you create your pieces by hand or with the use of the computer? Or both?
I always draw by hand first and then scan into my laptop or paint over the pencil lines.
Where do you get inspiration for your art work?
I get lots of inspiration from magazines I tear out any pics that catch my eye. Also, I get lots of inspiration the entertainment industry especially Music and dancing! I also work with Rock ‘n’ Needle Fashion label creating illustrations and graphics for their clothing so fashion is definitely a big part of my inspiration.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In my own dream studio working full time doing what I love!
What’s the dream ambition?
It constantly changes as I am always setting myself new goals that I aim to achieve. At the moment I am working towards getting my name out there and being recognized for being a top artist/ illustrator!!
Does fame attract you?
No, I just want to do what I love and get paid for it!
How do you rate yourself as a designer?
I’d like to think that I am a strong designer that can adapt to any brief.
What makes a good artist/illustrator?
The ability to listen, take an idea and portray it as simply as possible through visual imagery.
Do you think the design Industry will be difficult to get into? Are you worried about the amount of competition?
I have already had experience of the industry and the competition is tough, but I think as long as you don’t take things to heart too much and keep practicing what you do and learning new skills it definitely helps, also never underestimate how powerful social networking is!!
What do you think it takes to become successful in the design industry?
Three words to describe yourself?
Quirky, Smiley, Dedicated
Hobbies and Interests?
Photography, dancing, health and fitness, performing arts, travelling
Tools of the trade?
Always be open to learning new skills
Best and worst piece of work?
My favourite piece of work is a large scale map commission for a boutique media communications company, the map told of the journey to ‘planning nirvana’ using the idea of route 66.
My worst piece of work was for my first uni project brief ‘this is original’ really didn’t like what I created!!
Any Tips or advice to share with aspiring designers?
A website or blog page really helps to get more work and clients and most importantly get out there and talk to people as much as you can, art can be a lonely career!! Also it is a lot about who you know.