illustrating & blogging from: norwich, UK with laura manfre

for the month of december, illustrating and blogging from norwich (but originally bordeaux, france), we have the very lovely and talented laura manfre! laura is one of my favourite contemporary illustrators. she sure can work those watercolours! her food illustrations are especially delicious, don’t you think?

hey laura! could you please give us a little intro to your work and your blog?
Hi Laura! I’m an illustrator, working mainly with watercolours. My paintings are a collection of kitsch ornaments, food still lifes, portraits and my never-ending passion for Japan.
My blog is dedicated to my illustrations, photos and sometimes my best charity shop finds!

do you have a favourite piece that you’ve made?
I don’t think I do! I love having an idea for a painting and I love the process… but I always end up disappointed in the result (probably due to being a perfectionist). I only see the little details and I rarely enjoy the final illustration – gosh, am I a pessimistic person! Let’s say… I’m more happy with my food illustrations than anything else.

what’s been your career highlight so far?

Working with The Sunday Times has been a wonderful experience and a real honour. I’ve learnt a lot and that, I really love. I also have to mention Cat Tee Mission, it’s been a total joy to work with Sarah Menzies, she’s an amazing human being and I’m very happy to have contributed to her project.

do you have anything you’d like to achieve in the future?
A cookbook would be my dream. Living from my work another!

if you have one, what is your all time favourite illustration or artwork? why? what does it mean to you?
I couldn’t pick just one. I’m a big fan of Wayne Thiebaud and Norman Rockwell’s paintings. They both make me feel really nostalgic of my childhood.

do you have any favourite arty blogs you like to read?
There are many but my all time favourite is “Gems“, curated by Mallory McInnis. She has impeccable taste and her blog is really unique.
It’s such a great platform to discover new talents, movies, books, etc…

where are your favourite places for art? to see, buy, whatever’s on your mind.
I love the Centre Pompidou in Paris. I went there a few years ago, it was fantastic! I remember there was an exhibition where you could play with lights and I loved the fact that you could “get involved”.

To buy art… well, we used to have a wonderful family run art shop in town. Unfortunately, with the rise of internet it closed down. Now I have to go a few miles away to get my paper and paints, in a big supermarket-like shop where no one can help or give you advice.

If you didn’t mean “art supplies”, I’d say etsy! The best place to get fantastic prints, originals and cards from the artists themselves.

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