We interviewed Laura Eddy, one of our favorite artists from a competition we held a few months back! Laura garnered a lot of attention for her awesome charcoal drawings. Please check our interview with her and some of her artwork. Enjoy!
How do you define art?
Anything that is an outlet for self expression.
Why do people need art in their daily lives?
For me, I think t’s great to see what inspires others and what people are capable of creating.
What drives you to create art and what inspires you?
I just really love to draw! It’s nice to find your niche in life, and I love seeing my work progress and evolve! Not to mention, it’s quite satisfying finishing a piece.
What inspired you to first begin creating art? Tell me a little bit about that stages your work has gone through?
I used to draw when I was little, however after we moved when I was 13, I (unintentionally) stopped. I picked up a pencil again this year (I can’t really remember why!) but I haven’t put it down since. I find it is a huge stress relief for me! I have only been drawing frequently for around 9 months now, but I realised fairly quickly that I love detail and realism and this is what I strive towards now.
What does your creative process look like when you are looking to begin a new work?
It depends on the subject matter! If I find a photograph or subject that is particularly inspiring to me, I will sit down and draw it. However, If I am drawing an original, the idea will come to me at some point and I will source several reference photos to help me. I then begin a rough sketch and once I am happy with the composition, I will start the outline on the ‘real thing’.
You produce art in various ways, how does each style affect you differently?
My first love is black and white, aka. graphite and charcoal. I do also draw with colour pencils and I enjoy it. It depends what mood I am in! If I want to do something that is ‘fairly’ quick and not so technical, I will use colour. However, my favourite medium is definitely graphite and I love the details, texture and complexity you can get from it!
What is the reality of our art world today? Do people experience it enough?
I feel like there is sort of ‘hidden’ art world at the moment. It is there if you look for it. That being said, I don’t know that people do experience it enough!
How do you experience art?
I love my Instagram! I am following so many inspirational artists on there and I love that I can look at their work so easily!