Meet Lauren Bergstrom

 

Lauren Bergstrom was born and raised in South Africa and has been doodling and crocheting cute things for as long as she can remember. When she’s not drawing or painting, she spends her time designing crochet patterns for little stuffed animals at mohumohu.com and making video games with her partner at Studio Any Percent. She lives in Canada with her family, in a small home filled with cute and fluffy things. Lauren is the author of 101 Super Cute Things to Draw. We asked her a few questions about her artistic process.

Quarto Creates: How did you first become interested in drawing?
Lauren Bergstrom: I’ve been drawing since I can remember!

As a child I always loved arts and crafts, my school books were covered in little doodles and decorations, and I would spend hours drawing and painting. New stationery and art supplies were always my favourite things to get at birthdays and Christmas time!

QC: What is another medium you would love to try?
LB: I love to try all sorts of different things, so it’s difficult to pick just one.

But I would love to find time to create really detailed oil or acrylic paintings – the kind that take hours to finish. I’m a huge fan of  lowbrow art and pop surrealism, and would like to bring more of those elements into my own work.

QC: What is the biggest challenge you face when creating?
LB: At the moment, my biggest challenge is adding those little details and finishing touches that make an illustration pop.

It could be a character’s facial expression, a great colour combination, or a cute pattern. Sometimes you just need that little something extra to turn an illustration into something special.

QC: Who was your most influential teacher?
LB: My high-school art teacher had a huge impact on my journey as an artist, and as a person.

She gave me a really good understanding of the fundamentals, like form, perspective, and lighting. But more than that, she encouraged me to push boundaries, to do what I want instead of what I’m told, and to move past the expectations that others had put on me.

QC: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from creating?
LB: The most important lesson I’ve learned is persistence.

It takes practice to become good at anything, including art. Things often don’t look the way you want them to, especially when you’re starting out, but it’s important to keep going if you want to eventually create something you feel proud of!

Learn more about Lauren’s work on Instagram @mohustore and online at mohustore.com. Be sure to order your copy of 101 Super Cute things to Draw available wherever fine books are sold, including:
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