Meet the local artist - Louise Wright
I first came across Louise Wright on Instagram - my go to social media platform for all things visually inspiring. Her illustrations are not only beautiful but they're playful, colourful, and have such a story-like feel to them that I just had to find more about Louise and her work. Read on to find out how Louise gets inspired and what one tool she would take to a desert island...
Hi there, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi I’m Louise! I’m an illustrator based in Leek, Staffordshire and I have 2 Doggos, so when I’m not at work I’m usually out and about in the countryside!
What kind of art do you do?
I create quite quirky illustrations that are mainly used in Children's publishing. I do also create for licensing and my own range of cards and prints too. My favourite things to draw are animals. In fact, I’m currently just over half way through a 100 day project on Instagram where I’m painting a bird a day.
How do you work and get inspired?
I usually start my work either in my sketchbook or by grabbing some cheap paper out of the printer and creating pencil roughs, just really to get ideas down without being precious. Then, once I have a sketch I’m happy with, I will usually scan it in and paint it in photoshop using my Cintiq. Lately, I’ve been needing to get away from the screen a bit more so I will sometimes just create some little fun bits for using gouache (I’ve done this with quite a few of my birds).
Most things around me inspire me. When we walk the dogs we are surrounded by nature and I see the birds flitting around and all the plants and flowers, but if it does start to run a little dry I find a change of scenery or a day out does wonders for my creativity.
What do you love about art?
I love how absorbing it is. When I get really into a piece that I’m working on I can pop an e-book on and just spend my afternoon painting and those are the magic moments I suppose. I can’t believe that this is my job sometimes!
What's the art scene like in Leek?
I haven’t lived in Leek too long so I’m still finding my feet but it seems very alive and vibrant. There is an art college here, an arts centre with artists’ studios and the town centre is full of independent shops. We also have an art market once a month and so, although it’s only a small place, we have a fair bit going on!
If you had to take only one art tool to a desert island, what would you choose and why?
Oh god! I would hate to actually do this as I’m one of those people who packs loads of stuff ‘just in case’ and then never uses it! I would take my gouache paints because I could use some practice, and they are so versatile. I could just paint on rocks and trees.
If you could go to an Art Award Evening with any 5 people (dead or alive, real or fictional), who would you choose?
Oliver Jeffers, Alexis Deacon, Beatrix Potter, Quentin Blake and David Roberts……I’m sure we’d have a great time!
Thank you so much Louise! It's an absolute treat hearing all about your artistic world. Keep up the incredible work!
I hope you've all enjoyed reading about how Louise works and gets inspired. Don't forget to check out her beautiful website and find her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest too. If you'd like to discover more artists, click hereand scroll away!
Thanks for reading!