Sunday, 10 February 2013

New things


As I've never been to Art School (and never will go - can't afford it), I have to force myself to paint/draw everyday. Sometimes it's very difficult because I have no discipline at all and I wish I had a teacher behind me and a very strict timetable.
For me, being an illustrator is my 'last chance' (if you follow my blog, you know that I gave up university (law studies) to follow my dreams) so I put a lot of pressure on myself. Most of the time, I hate everything I do. I have no confidence in my abilities and you can probably see it in my artwork. Every brush stroke are full of worries and fear to fail. I'm often scared I made a bad decision and that I'll never be good enough to get a job... But the support of some amazing people and the few commissions I get really make a difference (Merci beaucoup!). It helps me to continue and makes me want to improve. 
(This is not a moan, just a reflection of the worries that goes through my mind from working alone - happens at least once a month. A big thank you to everyone who support me!)

Anyway, here are a few new illustrations and pet portraits!



My first *kind of* self portrait


I've also added some stickers in my etsy shop!


16 comments:

  1. Laura, you and your work is absolutely fantastic! Wish you a lot more confidence and as much dedication! <3

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    1. Thank you very much Viktorija! I adore your illustrations, so your comment means a lot to me :)

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  2. You've come incredibly far and should be really proud of your work! Your painting technique is so perfect and clean in my eyes. I didn't know that you gave up University, I would've never have guessed. I just presumed you'd been to art school because you have a wonderful gift.

    It's also really inspiring to me to hear that you decided to follow your dreams. I study Psychology at the moment but I often wonder what it's be like if I'd chosen art instead. Sure psychology is an interest, but art is a passion. And I can't go a day without squeezing creativity into my everyday life. So thank you for this post, it's made me realise that dreams are possible and if you're meant to do something you will get there in the end.

    /essay

    :) xxx

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    1. Wow, merci beaucoup Philippa - that's so kind of you to say!
      I thought you were an art student too, your watercolours are fantastic (and the coloured pencil illustrations too!).
      Following your dreams can be wonderful and really scary at the same time. I don't really know what I will become but (even with the monthly self-doubt) I am much more happier than when I was a law student :)
      Thanks again for your lovely comment!

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  3. Laura! i am in awe of your beautiful work, you probably know by now that you are one of my favourite illustrators! i wish i could take away all of your worry and self doubt (i suffer from the same feelings too) but you really shouldn't because your work is simply WONDERFUL! xx

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    1. Oh thank you so much Harriet, this makes me very happy! YOU are one of my favourite illustrators - and one of the nicest persons I met on Twitter! Your artwork is so beautiful - you're not allowed to doubt yourself! hehe xx

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  4. you're such a brilliant illustrator, it honestly amazes me that you could ever doubt yourself! your style's so quirky and unique and never fails to put a smile on my face :) x

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    1. Thank you so much for this lovely comment! I really appreciate it!

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  5. I love the way you capture an object in your illustrations. Your commissioned pug painting made me want to get a pug and I don't even particularly like pugs.

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    1. Hehe! I'm glad you liked it, thanks!!

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  6. AH! STICKERS! I must get some!

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  7. I am in love with your pet portraits1 I'd love one oneday :)

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  8. Keep up the great work Laura! Your paintings are amazing and so inspiring! Much love X

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  9. I honestly love your artwork so much - every piece is pure perfection! xxx

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  10. Found my way here through my friend Megan (of Pastel Milk Tea) and I just wanted to say that your artwork is absolutely stunning. I hope you'll soon have more confidence in your ability. :) & I also hope that you'll be putting more stickers up for sale in your shop! <3

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