Q & A

Name: Laurie Pink

Based In: Manchester.

About yourself & your practice: I am an illustrator based in Manchester, currently doing a lot of drawing on my mac, via graphics tablet & photoshop, and paper, because you can't beat a good pencil draw and biro draw. Other art-creating methods include painting on canvas, producing hand-made necklaces with Shrinkles (google it - great fun!), badges, tee & poster design.
Also planning to One Day Do A Comic, also failing to keep my website updated. In my spare time I mostly still do drawing work, or skating with Manchester Roller Derby's awesome Checker Broads team.

When did it click: Ha! I like the assumption that it has!
When I realised you can get away with drawing an oval with six sticks in it & call it a bee, so long as you remember the stripes (key recogniseble aspect of a bee), and get a happy feeling making the lines work. Don't diss the oval stick-legged bee.

That and the acceptance that I will probably always feel the need put speech bubbles on everything.

How do you have your tea: More brown than milky, no sugar. Big into Red Bush tea at the moment.

One piece of advice you have been given: My mum once told me never to eat fish that are bottom feeders, because they spend their days eating other fish's poo.

Inspiration for the project: Initially the size of the space I was given, the materials I was using, and where the piece would be. As I'd not spray painted for aaaages, I opted to go for characters & shapes I was familiar with, so as not to get caught up trying to do something complicated that could go horribly wrong & stop being fun. I wanted the piece to make people smile when they looked at it on the way in and out of the town centre, and also be a pleasing distraction for any Fred Aldous staff having a contemplative stare out of the window on a slow day. Something eye-catching and friendly that worked at a quick cheerful glance & might be nice to have your picture taken in front of. I used colours I like, swirls & clouds and my two favourite monsters. Finding the mega shiny gold paint for the starts and moon details made my day.

For more wonderful doodlings from Laurie go to the pink squiggles