Australian-based web developer and graphic designer Laura Eddy is a creative and talented young lady who follows her passion of drawing whenever she has some time to spare after work, creating amazing hyper-realistic graphite and charcoal portraits. She shares her artwork by turning her paintings into purchasable goods such as shirts, prints and stickers and gives useful advices about the process of her drawings on her blog. For more check out the interview below and visit her website www.lauraeddy.com.au.
Whom do you look up to?
Most of the artists that I admire I have seen on Instragram. To name a few – Kelvin Okafor, Vanessa Foley and Diego Fazio are amazing hyperrealistic artists. I love the depth and complexity of their work. I also thoroughly appreciate artists such as Paul Jackson and Sam Yong who are profoundly imaginative and can draw intricate and abstract creations.
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path?
Personally, I like to draw what I enjoy. My favourite medium is graphite (black & white) and I love experimenting with detail. However, I do take note of what people enjoy looking at (such as coloured works) and I try to branch out and try new things, as it is always good to explore! Instagram is a really great place for me to ‘research’ and get inspiration.
What was your favourite project and why?
The drawings I enjoy most are the ones with the most detail. I loved drawing Dita as her clothing was quite a challenge and there was a lot of texture and variation in the materials. I also loved the closeup of Alexander Skarsgard as there was a lot of detail within his face and I loved seeing that come to life. Double Drea was my biggest challenge – it’s always good to see something difficult complete!
What made you want to become an artist?
I never set out to ‘become an artist’, as such. I used to draw as a child and then decided to pick up a pencil 10 years later and remembered how much I love it. It’s still a hobby for me, I have a ‘regular’ job and I draw to unwind.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
A clumsy, over-thinker
How do you define creativity?
‘To create’ something new in whatever way possible – drawing, painting, new ideas, writing – the list goes on!
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as an artist?
Trying to schedule everything! I get ideas and get excited and I start a lot of drawings at once where sometimes I really need to focus and finish one
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
“Do what you love, love what you do.”
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
The more you draw / paint / sculpt, the more you will learn and develop your own style which is the best thing you could do.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
Time starts to go faster as you get older!
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for art?
Can you really give up a ‘passion’? I figure it will always be there, even if you can’t pursue it
All images © Laura Eddy