Laura Tinald

 Laura Tinald

“I don’t think there is anything more enjoyable than drawing and painting the female form – and my portfolio is testament to this.”

Birmingham-based artist and illustrator Laura Tinald uses Indian inks to bring life to her striking figurative sketches of the female form.

Birmingham-based artist and illustrator Laura Tinald uses Indian inks to bring life to her striking figurative sketches of the female form.

History and Background

Since childhood, Laura has always been passionate about drawing and painting, inheriting a passion for the arts from her father. Her first inspiration was Disney, and she was thrilled when she discovered the fact that an animator had painted each cell, before transforming their drawings into magical moving characters. Later, she became mesmerised by Pre-Raphaelite painting and would regularly visit Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery with her parents, before going home and painting using her Dad’s finest paint-brushes.

Laura completed an Art Foundation course at Bourneville Art College, and went on to study Fashion Promotion and Illustration at the University for Creative Arts. However, she says much of her craft has been refined by endlessly drawing and painting in her own time. She says “I was lucky to inherit creative flair from my dad and I continue to hone my ability every day.”

Ideas and Inspirations

Laura says Proserpine by Rossetti was the painting that changed everything for her, commenting “I’ll never forget the first time I saw it, and the wonder it evoked.”  Inspired by this piece, she would spend hours drawing ladies with long, flowing locks, trying to capture the textures as Rossetti did.  She says: “His ability to capture the curve of a woman’s lips, or the shine in her hair remains unrivalled, in my opinion”.

Another of Laura’s artistic influences is fashion illustrator David Downton, she says: “He has a keen eye for detail and can capture the essence of a woman’s beauty so perfectly, with so few lines – it is such a gift, and I am very much inspired by his work.”

From Palette to Picture

Laura uses a range of materials to create her works, but she has a particular love for Indian ink on Fabriano hot-press watercolour paper. She says this love is rooted in discovering illustrators such as Quentin Blake and Ralph Steadman; “I love the rich, vivid colours Indian inks achieve and how easily you can manipulate them, with such striking results.”

The ink splashes in her work are the outcome of an impulsive moment, when she feels the picture needed some extra life. She says: “I know lots of artists who like to add these splashes in post-production, or with a pipette and many attempts, but mine happen very simply and genuinely, which I hope adds a certain magic to my work.”

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