Laura Tinald

Education: University for the Creative Arts

Artist and illustrator Laura uses Indian ink to bring life to her sketches of the female form. Her figurative pieces have attracted the attention of several prestigious companies, including Paul Smith and the Royal Shakespeare Company.


As a child, she was inspired by Disney. Later, she became mesmerised by Pre-Raphaelite art. She says that ‘Proserpine’ by Rossetti is the painting that changed everything. Inspired by this piece, Laura spent hours drawing women with long, flowing locks to capture the same texture.

Whilst Laura uses a variety of materials, she has a particular love for Indian ink on Fabriano hot pressed watercolour paper. This is rooted in her early discovery of illustrators like Quentin Blake and Ralph Steadman. The ink splashes in her work are an impulsive reaction.

Laura says: “I love the rich, vivid colours Indian inks achieve and how easily you can manipulate them with such striking results. I don’t think there is anything more enjoyable than drawing and painting the female form.”

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