Combining her love for gaming with her passion for art..
When I decided to create a blog, one of the first things I knew I wanted was an “Artist of the Month” series where I get to show you some of my favourite artists, friends and inspirations.
As well as showing you these artists, I also wanted to show you how they began their journeys and some of the trials and tribulations that they face.
WHY DID I CHOOSE LAURA?
After meeting Laura at a “Cake and Doodle” event in Manchester, England, I immediately fell in love with her and her artwork.
Her sweet and kind nature oozes through her artwork, which usually depicts various characters from an array of games.
I’ve always been in awe at how she can manage to draw anything yet it still depicts her style.
Welcome everyone, to Laura Jay!
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I work digitally to create final illustrations; mostly iPad with Procreate and custom brushes, and Photoshop to create comics.
When I get tired of the screen I open a multimedia sketchbook or my little A5 moleskine to draft ideas in technical pencil and ink brushpens.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO ART?
For as long as I can remember I’ve been drawing.
As a kid, I doodled on all my school notebooks!
But I remember the first time I felt really inspired – my parents bought me Disney’s Art of Hercules when I was about 6 or 7 and I was blown away by Gerald Scarfe’s work.
His art is probably why I adore working with ink so much these days.
Over the years, I got into gaming and spent hours on my lunch breaks in school searching for and printing concept art from my favourite media to study at home.
It’s so easy to compare yourself to others, be it in terms of success or skill, but there’s only one YOU.– Laura Jay.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MAKING ART?
I’ve been making art my whole life but probably started to take it seriously when I was around 7 years old.
That’s the first time I remember thinking “Yep, this is definitely a part of who I am”.
DID YOU STUDY ART?
I studied Foundation Art & Design at Glamorgan College of Art & Design (easily one of the best years of my life, and a real turning point for me).
I later went on to study 2D Animation at university.
Although I didn’t stick with animation, it really helped me understand narrative and was a great time for me to hone my skills.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ART PIECE THAT YOU HAVE MADE?
I’m not sure I have a favourite art piece.
I am still proud of my Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel comic and love where it’s taking me.
It’s the first time since University that I’ve tried to weave my drawing skills with a story so I’m learning a lot; from pacing, to staging and layout.
It’s also just fun to explore a world you absolutely adore and any lessons I learn from this help my own original art too.
WHO INSPIRES YOU?
So many people inspire me!
Stephen Silver for his determination and passion, Loish Van Baarle for her use of colour, Adam Adamowicz for his conceptual art (I miss him, he was my idol in University) – every one of his drawings, no matter how detailed, told a story.
I’ve also met amazing artists on social media who motivate and inspire me all the time.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR THE NEAR FUTURE?
I’ve recently started a new job so getting to grips with it in the midst of a pandemic has proved a challenge.
Once I’m settled, I’d like to return to my comic work and fleshing out the next few pages of my Brotherhood story.
I’ve also been writing an original story for an illustrated book on and-off since 2013.
I’ve plenty to keep me occupied!
With all this I want to keep improving my fundamental art skills and return to my life drawing classes when they start up again.
WHAT ARE YOUR LONG TERM GOALS?
My long term goals are to keep improving to a point where I could potentially make my art a more focal point of my life.
I’d love to dedicate more time to creating stories and artwork that others get excited about – it’s the best feeling when you complete something you’re proud of and you have an audience who love it and want to see more.
Time is my biggest obstacle right now.
ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER ARTISTS?
Love what you do.
Remember why you wanted to pursue art; why you picked up that pen or pencil in the first place, and stuck with it.
Remember the feeling of joy you get from creating and don’t let other people, insecurity, or jealousy get in the way.
It’s so easy to compare yourself to others be it in terms of success or skill but there’s only one YOU.
With time, determination and effort you will get to where you want to be. It’s not a race.
Enjoy your own journey.
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