Hi, my name is Lorna Leigh Harrington and I run my company, Lorna Leigh Harrington Illustration. I have always had a strong passion for art and design ever since I was young. There was never really another career choice for me, as I always wanted to draw for a living. I used to get kids at school to pay me in chocolate worth 50p to finish their art homework for them! I never really thought at that point that it was going to be the start of my illustration career! After graduating from the University of Portsmouth with BA Hons in Illustration, I took a few internships to gain experience over a number of creative fields, whilst also freelancing with my own illustrations.
I live just off Gloucester Road and there is always so much always going on for arty folk like myself. I’m from the South Coast where everything is very quiet, and calm. Bristol is so busy and vibrant it makes me want to work hard. I get excited if there’s a new piece of Graffiti down Stokes Croft.
I like to think of the overall aesthetic of my art to be warm and friendly. Something that puts a smile on a persons face. I do this by using a range of media within my artwork. Usually it starts life as a simple sketch, which can then turn into a collage or painting. At the moment I tend to use Photoshop. I like scanning different materials into the computer and layering them within my illustrations to create texture.
So many things inspire me. It can be anything from a romantic comedy on the TV to a Nick Cave song lyric. Although for the last few months my main influences seem to be pets! Probably because I bought a Kitten who I am slightly obsessed with. She also starred in my last promotional video titled ‘Paws For Thought’. Artist wise, I really like David Shrigley, Louis Wain and Lucien Freud, his line drawings are fantastic! I recently completed a series of illustrations for a recipe book in aid of The Christie Charity. The idea that my illustrations were helping with something that makes a difference was very rewarding on both a career and personal level.
I’m currently working on a few new pieces at the moment, that will be available to buy from my Etsy store next month. Keep an eye on my Facebook page to see when they become available. Watch this space!
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Paws for thought video