LAU­RIE MCCALL

Carve - - CONTENTS - IN­TER­VIEW BY STEVE ENG­LAND

Cor­nish pard Lau­rie takes in­spi­ra­tion from the beaches he's been surf­ing his whole life and pro­duces stun­ning art­work. We had a chin­wag.

LAU­RIE MCCALL IS A COR­NISH ARTIST BASED IN PERRANPORTH. HIS VI­BRANT LINEUP ART HAS BEEN CAUS­ING A STIR AND END­ING UP ON MANY A SURFER'S WALL IN THE SOUTH WEST. CARVE THOUGHT WE HAD BET­TER CATCH UP WITH HIM.

When did you start draw­ing and paint­ing?

My par­ents al­ways en­cour­aged me to paint and draw as kid and that has stuck with me through­out my life. At school I would find my­self doo­dling per­fect waves in my school books to pass the time.

How long does it take you from start to fin­ish?

Most pic­tures take a few days from start to fin­ish. I usu­ally start by go­ing to the beach and tak­ing pho­tos from var­i­ous an­gles to cap­ture the mood of the place. I then make some rough sketches to work out the com­po­si­tion be­fore start­ing on the fi­nal piece on the com­puter. I then use a lo­cal prin­ter who spe­cialise in fine art print­ing. I've also started cre­at­ing col­lages out of painted pa­pers which is a tech­nique I re­ally en­joy us­ing and am look­ing to de­velop on.

Are you mak­ing a liv­ing from it now?

Yes, I took the plunge a few months ago and de­cided to go full time with my art and it's go­ing re­ally well. It's taken a cou­ple of years to get to this stage and it feels like a real achieve­ment to be able to make a liv­ing from some­thing I'm re­ally pas­sion­ate about.

A lot of the draw­ings have an aerial per­spec­tive. how do you get that? is it all from imag­i­na­tion or are you us­ing drones to get a shot and work from that?

I work loosely from the pho­tos I take from the land and then use a bit of artis­tic li­cense to tweak the per­spec­tive. With the raised per­spec­tive I find I can fit more into the im­age and re­ally cap­ture the essence of the beach. I have been think­ing about us­ing a drone though. I'd like to try out some draw­ings that look back to­wards the land from the sea as that's an an­gle that's fa­mil­iar with surfers, I think a drone would be per­fect for cap­tur­ing that, watch this space!

Who are your favourite artists and in­flu­ences

I'm in­spired by so many! One of my favourites would have to be Pa­trick Caulfield who was renowned for his use of bold colour and his abil­ity pare down scenes to their most ba­sic shapes and el­e­ments. The wildlife il­lus­tra­tor Charley Harper has also had a big in­flu­ence on me. He used sim­ple curves and ge­om­e­try to cre­ate im­ages that are very unique and full of char­ac­ter. There are also a lot of great surf artists out there who are a great source of in­spi­ra­tion and ideas, it's cool see­ing how other artists in­ter­pret their favourite surf spots.

If you had the chance to visit any wave in the world and draw it which one would it be and why.

I'd love to visit Hawaii and draw all of the clas­sic spots I grew up look­ing at in the surf mags. I've seen so many pho­tos and videos of them I can al­most pic­ture what it would be like to be sat on the beach at Pipe­line. I plan to work on a se­ries of draw­ings of the most pop­u­lar waves around the world, Teahupo'o, Pipe­line, Bells, Mav­er­icks, Peahi, and more with the aim to get my work out to an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence. It's a good ex­cuse for some hol­i­days too!

Sen­nen to Gwen­ver - A clean sunny day down at the tip of Corn­wall can feel al­most trop­i­cal. It's so un­touched down there it feels like a lit­tle hol­i­day ev­ery time I visit.

Lau­rie get­ting his un­der­coat on

Tre­vau­nance Cove - It's not of­ten you see it this un­crowded!

Portreath - High tide at 'The Wall'.

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