Laura Pérez Illustrator Interview

Laura Pérez

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Can you recall the first time you realized you were going to be an illustrator? What were your earliest impressions?
I never thought about what being an illustrator meant until I attended art school. I suddenly felt I was in the right place.

I’ve been drawing since I can remember. I realized I was an illustrator when I bought my first set of acrylic paints. I couldn’t stop collecting tubes of paint.

Who or what influenced your art when you were young?
When I was a kid, I didn´t enjoy being with other kids. I spent most of my time drawing. My family gave me drawing materials to pass the time.
I found lots of comics at home and when I realized they were drawn by adults, it inspired me.

Do you remember what your first artwork looked like? Do you still have it?
I don´t remember my first drawing.

Why did you choose illustration as your life’s work instead of, for example, filmmaking, law, or even medicine?
Drawing every day is a natural way of life for me.

Did you study art in school?
I attended the University of Arts. I received scholarships to study in other countries as well. I learned different perspectives about art by studying abroad.

Where does your inspiration come from; your impulse to make art? Do you have a source for your ideas?
My inspiration comes from daily life and observations of the world around me. Not only do I find inspiration in my personal life, but also in film, books, music, nature, and history. All are an inexhaustible source of inspiration.

How would you describe the process of creating art?
When I’m working on an assignment, most of my time is invested in thought. Having an idea and figuring out how to convert a concept into an image requires time.

With a personal project, it works differently. Sometimes the process is direct: an idea comes to mind and then an image. I spend less time thinking and more time creating something original. It’s magical really.

Do you have a favorite illustrator? What is it about that illustrator’s work you like?
Marcos Chin was the first illustrator I considered a favorite. There are lots of illustrators I admire in fields other than illustration. Rodin, Adrian Tomine, Moebius (Jean Giraud), Edward Hopper, David Lynch are all favorites. I like illustrators who create concepts and experiences that are unique.

If you could do something else, other than creating art, what would it be?
I would be a hypnotherapist.

Do you remember your first set of paints, pens, or markers?
I don’t have a recollection of them.

Do you have a favorite illustrator supply, a favorite method, or favorite location, where you like to create artwork?
I like 200 gram Canson paper for final drawings. I enjoy sketching in a Moleskine notebook.

I love to draw in public places; a coffee shop, or any place where people meet. When drawing in color, I always work at home. If I travel, I bring a drawing tablet along, just in case.

If you could give a viewer clues to understanding your art, what would you say?
That maybe someone you know will become the main character of a story or illustration.

Do you think illustration has the eye of the public or could public awareness of this field be improved upon?
The field of illustration is always changing and improving and I change with it. There are lots of different ways to illustrate concepts.

The public likes to see something interesting. Not everyone understands, or is interested in, illustration though. Lots of people, for example, don’t even know the difference between an illustrator and a designer.

Why does art matter to you? Why might it matter to the world?
Most of us don’t really know what we’re doing here and for how long we’ll be around. The meaning of life and questioning what we are here to do is best expressed through art. Art helps us to communicate our feelings. It shows interior worlds.

If you could look back or forward a hundred years, do you think the life of an illustrator was or will be better than today?
The nature of an illustrator will be the same whether a hundred years ago, today, or a hundred years from now.