Day 24 – Laura Graves
Laura Graves is an illustrator from Toronto, Canada. She is inspired by vintage children’s books and the great outdoors. Laura uses various art mediums and brilliant colours that really make her artwork special!
Are you a self taught artist, or what studies did you do to get where you are today?
My mom was always very creative, she always had paintings and ceramics on the go. She always had something for us to do too – so we’d paint or sculpt right along side her.
I ended up taking classical animation at film school and worked alongside my sister at various animation studios in my early 20s.
What tools, programs and apps do you love or cannot live without?
Photoshop is the only thing I use now. Love it, can’t live without it.
Your art provides inspirations to so many others. What or who inspires you?
I love such a wide variety of artists, it’s hard to pick! Walton Ford, James Nares, Beth Carver Stitcher, Jennifer Davis, Yellana James, are some current standouts. Everything, I’m always going for walks, people watching, daydreaming.
Can you describe your process including how long a piece of art or photography takes you from concept to complete?
I normally have 4-5 pieces on the go, which I pick from a list of ideas and photos I keep on my phone. It’s all very random and I often laugh at how silly my phone would look to a stranger. Pictures of leaves, walls, dirt, dead birds. Grocery lists of random words, idioms, quotes. Then I just throw myself into drawing/painting it. A lot goes into the bin, but about 15% works out.
What part of your process do you love the most?
When you get a fresh look at a piece and are happily optimistic about it. Your brain goes: “hey, this is actually looking pretty cool”. Everything just falls into place at that moment and the rest of it just falls into place!
If you weren’t an artist, what do you think you would be doing for work?
Something quiet, I’d love to design gardens and do groundskeeping.
Who is the most fascinating or inspiring person you have met or worked with?
My dog, I am always inspired by her relentless optimism.
Name an underrated artist
Jennifer Davis and Cosmic Nugget. Absolutely love their work. It makes me so happy.
What artwork of yours are you most proud of?
Nothing stands out right now, I am usually obsessing over the next project.
What’s next in the professional pipe works for you?
I would like to master pattern design.
Bonus fun question
If you could tame any animal and have it as a pet, which one would it be and why?
A fox or a crow, they both have that perfect balance of intelligence, curiosity and mischievousness.
Social: Laura Graves on Instagram
Shop: Laura Graves at Society6
Images courtesy of Laura Graves © Laura Graves