We are super excited to showcase one of our new artists, (drum roll)… Laura H. Rubin

Laura H. Rubin is our newest addition to the Papersky family. Based in Switzerland, Laura is a digital artist and illustrator, who is popular for her surreal female illustrations which she creates using procreate. We believe Laura’s work to be melancholy but powerful – the feeling of pensive sadness crossed with beauty. So, we sat down with Laura to find out more about her, her thoughts and the process behind her work.

Laura, how would you best describe who you are as an artist?

I think I’m a person who is searching for aesthetics in imperfection. I want people to feel something when they look at my work. I want them to wonder what the character might feel and try to understand what the character is about,  not just focusing on the surface. That’s why the mimics of my characters are so important to me, while their bodies remain dark.

When did you decide to pursue art as a profession?

I was working as a graphic designer in an advertising agency for a long time while drawing was more of a hobby. But then our boss died and a lot of things have changed. It didn’t make me happy to work there anymore so the question was if I should apply somewhere else, or just take the risk and try to live from my art… 🙂

“The emotions of my characters often reflect my own feelings. Even though most of my images have a pretty melancholic vibe,  I’m actually a very happy person”

What might you be doing if you weren’t making art?

I think I would probably still be working as a graphic designer, or I could also imagine a job on a film set or in post-production since I actually studied film and visual effects.

Where and how do you find your inspiration?

Mostly I get inspired by current world events or things that are on my mind that I want to process somehow. I also love to read books about psychology or mythology… such topics are perfect sources for new inspiration

“The emotions of my characters often reflect my own feelings. Even though most of my images have a pretty melancholic vibe,  I’m actually a very happy person”

What might you be doing if you weren’t making art?

I think I would probably still be working as a graphic designer, or I could also imagine a job on a film set or in post-production since I actually studied film and visual effects.

Where and how do you find your inspiration?

Mostly I get inspired by current world events or things that are on my mind that I want to process somehow. I also love to read books about psychology or mythology… such topics are perfect sources for new inspiration

Which artwork are you most proud of and why?

This question is harder to answer than I thought.  Maybe that’s how a mother feels when you ask her which of her children she loves most. xD

I think the works “Apophis” and “Trapped Inside a Broken Body” have a more intense backstory compared to the others that still grabs me

Are you making the artwork you want to make?

On one hand: Yes, I love every work I publish!

On the other hand: Not 100%. If I had already reached the “final level” of what I want to do, it wouldn’t be exciting anymore… do you know what I mean?  I love to critically question my works and therefore I can never be 100% satisfied with them… because you can’t grow if you are already 100% satisfied with something you do.

What does a typical working day look like for you?

Yoga or jogging – taking a shower – drinking coffee/having breakfast with my better half – smooching the bellies of my cats    checking emails – sketching some new ideas – realization of a new idea – trying to explain to my cat that she can’t sleep on my workspace right now – drawing on and eating too much sweets on the side – editing my making of videos – having a coffee with my best friend – manage my accounts – having dinner – watching a new episode of “Money Heist“ on Netflix

What advice would you give to your younger self?

You better get a naked cat so your apartment won’t be full of cat hair.  x) Just kidding… you only learn if you make a lot of mistakes, and I’m grateful that I made so many of them to learn how NOT to do it. XD Even though a lot of things didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to, today I’m happy with my life and I think that all these things just had to happen to bring me to this point.

How do you spend your time when you’re not working?

I like to spend my time outside and take pictures of everything that looks interesting, or lie on the lake with my boyfriend or friends (we live in “Thun”, directly by the lake, an incredible place in Switzerland where you simply MUST spend your time outside).

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Are there any mediums you would like to explore that you haven’t already?

Yes, I’d love to try all mediums I don’t know yet! Maybe sculpting in marble.

How do you spend your time when you’re not working?

I like to spend my time outside and take pictures of everything that looks interesting, or lie on the lake with my boyfriend or friends (we live in “Thun”, directly by the lake, an incredible place in Switzerland where you simply MUST spend your time outside).

Are there any mediums you would like to explore that you haven’t already?

Yes, I’d love to try all mediums I don’t know yet! Maybe sculpting in marble.

Has your work changed over the years and why?

Yes it did, and it still does, because I’m still learning. 😀

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can only take three art tools/ material with you, what would you take and why?

Drawing tablet, Pen and Charger (I hope one of the palms has a power outlet!) … As a digital artist, I would probably be stuck there xD

But to be honest, I think I wouldn’t take any of it with me. there are so many things you can do art with and express yourself, so the medium doesn’t really play a big role for me… So i would probably try to make a melancholic looking coconut sculpture… ^^

Lastly, What do you think you might you be doing if you weren’t making art?

I think I would probably still be working as a graphic designer, or i could also imagine a job on a film set or in post-production since I actually studied film and visual effects.

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