Barcelona-based illustrator Laura Pérez caught my eye recently with a collection of illustrations that possess a highly pleasing feel that is both dynamic and light.
What training have you had in illustration?
When I started my study of Arts in my city I didn’t have an illustration department, so I started learning illustration by myself. Three years later I went to an illustration College in Canada. This year I finished my degree in Barcelona.
How long has it taken you to develop your style?
I’ve been always drawing people and animals but I started to be more comfortable with this style while traveling and moving form city to city. At first I used to work with wattercolors but now I always prefer digital.
What materials do you use and what is your work process?
I start working on my sketchbook with a pencil or pen. Then I use Photoshop to finish it.
For personal work I like going to public places and take some roughs from people around me. For assignments sometimes I need go to specific places for referents. If I need to create some animal illustrations I could go to a park, pet shop or the zoo. I love looking for real references rather than photos.
© Laura Pérez, 2010
What are you working on right now?
Right now I´m working on a cover book for Penguin Books.