This week’s artist is Laura Graves. She kindly agreed to give us an interview. Yay! Thanks so much Laura.
Laura is a Toronto-based freelance illustrator and visual artist. She attended Vancouver Film School and worked in the industry before going freelance. Luckily for us Laura sells her affordable art online. Read our interview with Laura and see a curated selection of her art below.
Laura is inspired by vintage children’s books and nature. It is evident from looking at Laura’s portfolio and Instagram feed that she loves animals. Laura is the owner of an incredibly cute corgi called Sadie. I have a sneaking suspicion Sadie may have inspired her piece ‘Sausage Fox’, which is one of my favourite Laura Graves illustrations. I cannot look at it without giggling. Laura is a master of capturing animal expression.
Like all the artists we interview here at The Art Folk, Laura sells affordable art prints which are available to buy online. You will find links to visit Laura’s store below. Art prints start at US$17, and she also offers her unique, affordable art on phone cases, homeware and apparel.
Laura Graves Interview.
Can you tell us a little about your technique and process?
I love working in a variety of mediums, so I usually play around with different things, then collage them together.
You have such a varied style; your portfolio incorporates so many different techniques and mediums. This variety creates an absorbing and addictive collection of work. What inspires you to choose your medium or technique for each art piece?
That’s a good question, I’ve never actually thought about it! I usually have a list of ideas in the back of my head and look for reference material in real life or online. Most of the time I’ll start off with a regular line drawing, but sometimes I’m in the mood to try a digital painting. A lot of trial and error:)
What is you favourite Laura Graves illustration?
I really like “Falling Foxes”, but it definitely isn’t a strong selling piece, the digital paintings/collages are by far my biggest sellers.
When did you first realise you wanted to be an illustrator?
I think I always knew that that was what I wanted. It just took a lot of time and practice to work up the courage to post online, but thankfully there are many supportive sites (like Society6).
Do you have any tips for other artists trying to make it online?
Just keep trying, stay positive, draw, draw, draw!
Who is your favourite artist?
There are too many to name. I love children’s illustrations, abstract, traditional. I’ve got an insatiable appetite for visual arts! Currently, I’m really liking Andy Dixon (gorgeous colour combos)
If you could have a superpower what would it be?
I’d love to be invisible. Haha, that is SO boring. But I think you could get up to a lot of mischief and pranks with the power of invisibility:)
If you are interested in purchasing some of Laura’s affordable art prints click the links above.
If you like Laura’s art have a look at the illustrations of Amy Hamilton.
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