Laura is an amazing graphic designer/illustrator. We found her on Instagram. We instantly fell in love with her sunny and beautiful art! We are so happy she agreed to reply to our interview!
How would you describe yourself;
Curious and in a continuous search of the connection to my higher self, that must be the two things that best describe me nowadays. I’m really into self development and I am learning how to expose and integrate every aspect of my personality, good or bad. I am overall a positive person, looking for the best in life and I am a firm believer that holding on to things that don’t serve you only blocks you from receiving better ones.
How would you describe your art?
My art style is simple, clean and colorful. I like using simple shapes and bold colors as a way of capturing the essence of things. My goal is to make people feel at ease when looking at my drawings. I usually try to draw whatever subject can put a smile on your face, whatever makes you “aww”.
How would you describe your field?
Being an illustrator is a full time job, even if you’re doing it as a hobby. It requires dedication and patience. Because there are so many amazing artists out there, and nowadays it’s so easy to connect with everybody through social media, it’s important to keep in mind that your process is different than anybody’s, and not get discouraged. There is honestly room for everybody to express their creativity.
What do you want to say through your art?
First, I started by drawing simple yoga poses, trying to express the importance of this kind of practice in my life. Slowly my attention was caught by many other things, like women and nature. Nowadays my art has become a combination of all the things that inspire me and give me the sensation of flow. Being in a state of flow is so important to me therefore trying to convey that through my art has been my main focus for a while.
What / Who inspires you?
I believe as an artist you are always alert and open to new sources of inspiration. I get inspired by everyday life, by yoga, by nature, by women, by other artists.
Does your work comment on your social or political issues?
I believe so. Drawing women is my way of showing and supporting the feminine power. But when I say that I am referring to feminine energy, which can be easily found in men too. I’m just mainly illustrating women because I feel more drawn to the female shapes and their fluidity. I believe we are all connected and are part of this amazing universe, so my art is an expression of that connection, where there’s no borders between us and nature; where meditation and yoga brings you one step closer to finding yourself.
What obstacles have you faced?
I think I was my own obstacle. I used to compare myself so much with other artists, so I got easily discouraged and would simply give up. It took me years to finally decide that I am good enough and I would prove that to myself by working on it every single day. Now, 2 months later I’ve made huge progress and I am in awe with all the love and encouragement I’m receiving.
What is the best advice you could give to someone entering the same industry as you?
As I mentioned before, don’t compare your journey with other’s, unless it’s to motivate you. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see instant results. Be patient, practice every day if possible and invest in yourself by either taking some courses or simply investing that daily time. Practice does make perfect and truly, talent is such a small part of it all. Instead, I think what’s more important is: dedication, constancy and passion. Every single thing you do with passion will eventually flourish.
On a more pragmatic level have you been supported during your project?
Yes, definitely. My family and friends are amazing and always believed in me and pushed me when I needed it. I am constantly receiving honest feedback from them so I know it’s impossible for me to stagnate. Also I’ve been connecting with other fellow artists who help inspire and expand my own art. Nowadays I feel it’s so much easier to connect with other people, find their story, which can help you expand your horizons so much more.