Laura Elliott is a young artist from Canada now living in Japan and loving the change in pace, in life in culture. Her simple, clean drawings are testament to that fact. Having left college and getting well paid work reproducing famous paintings she found herself in the doldrums, bored with repetition. And like all curious people she took the plunge and headed off across the World to teach English and learn Japanese. Since then her fire has been relit, her passion for drawing renewed and now she spends hours on end illustrating the mundane, the ordinary, the daily life of Japanese people.
Her rendering of people on trains aren’t technically perfect but her fresh approach gives wonderful life to her subjects, expresses so much; the stupor, the exhaustion, the tiredness, the long tiresome days, the journey from home to work and back again and again and again and so on. I’d love to see a book of Elliott’s observations, a comic perhaps. It’s infinitely interesting. A foreigners perception of Japanese life.
Here’s what she has to say about her work:
After moving to Nara and spending a lot of time in the wild and crazy city of Osaka, I re-discovered my passion for drawing and I’m always finding new things to draw. I’m especially interested in drawing the so-called mundane, everyday aspects of Japanese life. Things such as a woman on the train using a one foot long compact mirror to apply fake eyelashes, or fully suited up business men passed out in a McDonalds at 3am are commonplace here, but as an foreigner, I can’t help but be intrigued by these things. My drawings are done in a variety of pens, inks and markers, and are based on various candid photographs that I’ve taken throughout my time in Japan. I draw to make sense of my surroundings, knowing that I’ll never be inside Japanese culture, but at the same time, enjoying depicting how things look from an outsiders perspective