Artist: Laura Hines
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Who are you?
My name is Laura Hines, I’m originally from Lebanon, Ohio, and I live in Tucson, Arizona. I’m a freelance illustrator and I also work as an Assistant Illustration Editor for Juxtapoz Magazine online.
What do you do?
I spend the majority of my time drawing, thinking, and researching. I really enjoy seeing and learning new things, expanding my little pool of knowledge so that I have more material to draw from creatively. I also illustrate a lot of animals – the natural world always figures into my work in some way.
Why do you do it?
It makes me happy. And I can’t shake the natural compulsion to create, to let the ideas and images that seize my brain spill out in some tangible form. It’s incredibly satisfying to do something you’re truly passionate about, I can’t imagine doing anything else.
How do you create these images?
Most of my illustrations are composites of photographs I’ve found that I’ve assembled together in a way that best reflects the general image I have in mind. I usually use heavy-duty graphite pencils (4B – 9B) to draw, working meticulously on a small scale, which is totally masochistic. I also use watercolor and gouache, although lately I’ve been obsessed with black and white and have stuck with pencils and micron pens.
Who are your influences?
My influences tend to be general images and ideas rather than particular people. I think I just naturally assimilate most of what I see and hear, weeding out the minority of things that don’t interest me. The stuff that sticks with me inevitably influences my work, oftentimes in ways I’m not even aware of and from sources I never even realized I encountered.
What inspires your work?
Everything! I have an abundance of interests that I like to explore, such as medical curiosities, Renaissance art, folk tales, scientific illustration, foreign films, and 19th century photography, to name a few. The list goes on and on. I’m inspired by general themes, such as death/decay, memory, mysticism, isolation, illusion, youth, dreams… I have so many things floating through my mind at one time, but I somehow manage to whittle it all down into a single visual concept. Most of the time.
How does the place you live impact upon your work?
I’ve lived in 5 different cities in the past year alone, so my perception of “place” is a little shaky at the moment. I previously lived in Seattle for 4 years, which is an amazing place but also notoriously dreary during certain months. Now that I’m in Arizona, the endless sun is fantastic, but Seattle still has a grip on me – I crave the grey skies that I once so despised. I think the rain-drenched weight of the Pacific Northwest landscape has permanently burrowed into my subconscious, especially since I started my illustration career in Seattle, and it definitely manifests itself through my darker interests.
What do you like?
I like lemurs, sloths, woodless graphite pencils, articulated skeletons, taxidermy, dover clipart books, old photographs, muppets, the Mütter Museum, French culture, Japanese films, monkeys, scientists, and my cats… plus a million other things. It doesn’t take much to keep me happy.
What don’t you like?
A lack of compassion for other living beings.
Originally posted 2012-05-17 08:00:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter