Salty Peaches

Lauren Marshall talks Salty Peaches

Lauren Marshall talks Salty Peaches

Salty Peaches

Shane (00:02):
Hello, Shane here from ComX, from the ComX Calendar Project that we’re doing on Kickstarter soon. Um, I’m just supposed to speaking to Lauren, uh, to talk to her, to talk to her about her favorite pieces that she’s done.

Lauren (00:16):
Hi guys. How you doing?

Shane (00:18):
Okay. So the first picture I have here from you are a bunch of pictures, I believe.

Lauren (00:25):
Yeah. Salty peaches. So, um, yeah, that’s the official term for it, but salty peaches is actually, um, a beer can design that I did for a brewing company called Cheeky Monkey. Um, and they gave me free reign on this one. They just gave me the title and I just kind of just rolled with it and did salty peaches, as in “you bit salty that someone ruined you in any game that you’re into”.

Shane (00:54):
Nice.

Lauren (00:57):
Hence all the different faces.

Shane (00:59):
Yeah. Um, so what is it about this piece that you like that you’ve picked as one of your favorite three?

Lauren (01:06):
So in terms of my favorite three, um, I think this is like the first chance that I was able to expand outside of comics, um, and exploring taking the comic slash cartoon side of my artwork and actually applying it to something that was a bit more, I don’t know, mainstream or something that was for products. So it was really challenging and really fun to do. Um, and it really was a good chance for me to understand myself, um, and explore those areas. So I, in terms of the salty peaches, like it was just a manifestation of all these different faces that I make when I’m drawing and put it into this picture. So it was, it was a lot of fun to draw it. I think, I think it was the fun aspect of drawing it. And I think my partner watching me draw it as well, he was asking me why I was so angry when I was drawing it. But, you know, when you’re drawing something, you make the same face that you drawing. Right. Um, so that was, yeah, I think, I think it was the phonics aspect that I really loved about it.

Shane (02:08):
Cool. Um, and I guess that’s what inspired you about the piece as well? Was the fun side…

Lauren (02:17):
Yeah the fun side, a hundred percent. Yeah. So in terms of like, this was good because I was actually given a subject to work with, so they gave me an idea, they gave me what they wanted in terms of the label. Um, and then it was up to me to be able to explore what that label meant to me and what it meant to them. Um, and I think that’s why it helped me grow as an artist as well, because I was able to explore that area too.

Shane (02:39):
Oh, sweet. That’s very cool. So, um, were there any challenges with this piece?

Lauren (02:48):
New area? Definitely a new area and cause I was sort of restricted to a different, um, ratio in terms of your workspace area, because it’s obviously quite landscape terms of a beer can. So you’ve got like the whole can to think about. So when you’re looking at a can, you’re only seeing one certain aspect of this can, you’re not seeing the full piece unless you rotate it. So when it’s sitting on a shelf, you can only see like the first thing that pops up so your can, could be in any certain, um, part of the can, could be showing at the front space. Um, whereas you need to kind of think about like the whole can as the piece and also as something that a consumer will see face on. So it was quite challenging in terms of thinking about like, what is the first, what is the customer going to see first? But that was the beauty of being able to create a whole, uh, label design and making it so you would look at the whole label and you’d find some golden nuggets here and there and just finding really cool out faces and something that people relate to. There’s been a really cool cause I keep getting like pictures of people taking like selfies with it and making like cool, funny faces and stuff like it was, yeah, it was, it was cool. I really liked it.

Shane (03:59):
It was really cool.

Lauren (04:00):
Yeah.

Shane (04:04):
Thanks Lauren. Have a good day.

Lauren (04:07):
Thank you! Thanks for having me.

Shane (04:12):
That was Lauren Marshall. She’s one of the contributors to the ComX Calendar Project that will be on Kickstarter soon. Uh, if you’d like to see her art in the calendar, just go to ComX.link and that’ll take you to the Kickstarter pre-launch page where you can register your interest. Thank you for your time and have a great day. Thanks.


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Lana Leuka cover

Lana Leuka and Lauren Marshall are in da house

Lana Leuka and Lauren Marshall are in da house

Lana Leuka cover

Shane (00:03):
Hello, Shane here from ComX, from the ComX Calendar Project that we’re doing on Kickstarter soon. Um, I’m just speaking to Lauren, uh, to talk to her, to talk to her about her favourite pieces that she’s done.

Lauren (00:17):
Hi guys, how are you doing?

Shane (00:19):
Cool. So we’ll go on to the next one, which I personally, which is Lana. Is it Lana?

Lauren (00:29):
Lana, yeah. Lana Leuka. A lot of people have trouble with the second name. No Lana. Oh my God. She is… She’s my gal. Like she is me. I mean, how can you not love it, right?

Shane (00:41):
Exactly. Exactly.

Lauren (00:43):
Yeah, yeah, no, um, absolute killer of a front cover and I loved doing this one.

Shane (00:49):
Yeah. So same questions again, I guess. So, so what do you love about this one so much? So apart from the fact that it’s you,

Lauren (01:00):
Um, so, well, obviously it’s Lana, so she’s my original character. Um, she, this particular piece was the cover of the first issue. Um, the original cover. And I think that is something that’s gonna stick with me for a long time because publishing something for yourself is huge step. Anybody that does it is absolutely phenomenal. Um, and I know how much work goes into it. So it’s more a reflection of understanding that, um, and how much work that goes into it. So looking at that piece, I realize that I’ve created something that was whole, um, I think that’s why I love it so much because it’s a milestone piece.

Shane (01:45):
That makes a lot of sense. Yeah. So was there anything that inspired you for this particular set up? Thank you.

Lauren (02:00):
Uh, I don’t know if you’ve seen Babs Tarr um, her Instagram handle’s @Babdraws. Um, she, her stuff, she did a lot of the bad girl, the new bad girl stuff style, so fluid, so organic and sexy, like really just hones in on the female figure. But even like guys, she just really just pushes it forward and just looks so fluid. And she really pushed me forward in terms of studying anatomy. And I think that was a huge inspiration for this one. Um, but this is sort of just like a, um, like I said, it was a milestone piece, right. So it just really got me to the point where everything that I’ve learned has become this piece in terms of like the colouring. Obviously it’s quite a monotone piece, but it was more just understanding what source or anatomy or, um, inking, um, composition. Um, and I think that was the best part about it.

Shane (03:07):
Oh, nice. Yeah. Well, so it’s a very nice piece. So it worked out very well. I’m a big fan of that cover, so yeah, I’m glad I actually got that cover. It sounds like there was more than one cover, so yeah.

Lauren (03:22):
Yeah, that was true. Actually got, um, a variant covered by, um, his Instagram or just general tag is @sketchcraft. Um, Rob, he was incredible. He’s been a huge mentor for me. He’s situated in, uh, America. I can’t remember exactly where, but the guy is absolutely legend, absolute legend, and he’s done work for Spyro and Crash Bandicoot recently. Um, and so he did the variant cover for Lana and, um, it was just great. It was just really nice experience working with him. Um, and just seeing a different artist perspective in terms of someone who working professionally in the industry was really nice to see too.

Shane (04:07):
Oh, cool. Very nice. Um, I guess my next question would be, um, were there any challenges to making this piece?

Lauren (04:19):
Nerves, I guess? Yes. Um, having, knowing that it was going to be the first cover of the full series, right. So you got to make sure that it kind of creates an impact, um, and people understand what the genre is, what the character is, um, why all these things that you got to think about. So I think it was more nerves that I was trying to make sure that was correct, but I… Look when I get an idea, I just do it. I just get it out. I don’t really hesitate. Um, whilst my brain might be love firing in my head, like absolute fireworks, but I, I just went with it and, um, I follow my instinct I guess. And I think sort of just really emphasize it well, not emphasize, but it just boosted my confidence in terms of like trusting my instinct. Um, and I think that was the best part. Yeah.

Shane (05:13):
Yeah. Very good instincts. Yes. So did you learn any new techniques to get this done?

Lauren (05:24):
I wouldn’t say new techniques, but, um, refining techniques definitely about composition because a lot of people forget about how much space is required on a cover, uh, for doing the title, um, doing, uh, people that are involved, like writing their, um, names on there. Um, any other stuff that’s sort of related to the comic book itself, like barcodes, stuff like that, that you kind of forget about. Um, so it’s really sort of, even before you start it, you got to kind of visualize where that’s going to go then work around that.

Lauren (06:03):
So sometimes it’s hard on the eyes as you see all this dead space at the top or down the bottom and you feel like you have to fill it, but in this instance you don’t because it ruins it. Yeah. So that, it’s a hard thing to like, if you’re so used to creating a composition that’s so full on and full of like golden eggs and then yeah. It’s like, it’s a good thing to learn for future. Yeah.

Shane (06:29):
Yeah. Definitely. They, a lot won’t even follow those sort of things, but then again, I’m not really an artist, so yeah.

Lauren (06:36):
Yeah. So and the stuff we get thrown at us. Yeah. It’s all right.

Shane (06:43):
Um, with this piece, what do you think would most connect with your audience

Lauren (06:48):
Given that it was the first Lana cover, obviously. Um, but once again, it was another, just like the Spiderman piece. I think it was like another milestone. Uh, and then me taking, like for years, I’ve dropped little nuggets about Lana, um, whether on Instagram or Facebook or whatever, social media, just little sketches or ideas. I kept saying, look, I’m going to do this. I’m gonna do this. And years went and years went and I didn’t do anything about it.

Lauren (07:15):
Then it got to the point that I actually released the Kickstarter and, um, created the piece. And I think, um, obviously the cover is the first thing you’ll see on the shelf. It’s the first thing you got to see on an online store? I think that’s why people would resonate with this is because they know that that is issue one that is the beginning of Lana. Um, and they’re always gonna look at that purple tone that I’ve used. Like her signature color is purple. And when they see like any pastoral purple that sort of like off purple, they’re going to be like “that’s Lana”. Um, and, and they’re going to think straight up, like that’s who it is. That’s Lauren that’s Lana a hundred percent. So I think that’s why.

Shane (08:01):
Nice. Very cool. Thanks Darren. Have a good day.

Lauren (08:08):
Thanks for having me.

Shane (08:11):
That was Lauren’s Lana Leuka. Hopefully Lauren will be revisiting her in the calendar. If you want to find out for yourself for just for your interest at ComX.link, just go there and register your interest for the prelaunch page of Kickstarter. Thanks for your time. Have a good day.


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Spider-Man Illustration

Time to talk Spider-Man with Lauren Marshall

Time to talk Spider-Man with Lauren Marshall

Spider-Man Illustration

Shane (00:02):
Hello, Shane here from ComX, from the ComX calendar project that we’re doing on Kickstarter soon. Um, I’m just sort of speaking to Lauren, uh, to talk to her, to talk to her about her favorite pieces that she’s done.

Lauren (00:16):
Hi guys. How you doing?

Shane (00:19):
So the next one I’ll go to Spider-Man.

Lauren (00:21):
Yes. Well, it does look Spider-Man? Like, come on. Yeah, right. Yeah, no, it’s a, this is an older piece, but still one of my favourites. Yeah.

Shane (00:33):
So, so why do you love it so much?

Lauren (00:37):
I think it was a turning point for me in terms of my style. Um, this was a good five years ago, maybe six, even. Um, and it was a good chance for me to explore and really knuckle in the, the inking style and drawing style that I was aiming for. And I think this particular piece encapsulates all that.

Lauren (00:59):
Uh, I think that’s why I really like it because it’s quite nostalgic for me to look back and be like, okay, that was a turning point for me. Um, and it’s good for me to turn back on that and reflect on it and, and move forward from it.

Shane (01:10):
Nice. That’s really cool. That is a really nice piece too. So yeah, it’s one of my favorites actually. I’ve seen it from your, um, different things that you’ve put out, so…

Lauren (01:22):
That’s why I keep plugging it.

Shane (01:26):
So was there anything in particular that inspired that particular more than just as a stock?

Lauren (01:33):
Yeah, so I was actually, I’m just fresh coming back from Sydney or I was in Sydney at the time cause I did a little short stint in Sydney. I’ve been in Perth my whole life, um, except for a year and a half to two years of being in Sydney. And I was lucky enough to share a studio with David Yarden, um, John Sommariva and Daniel Picciotto. Um, and we, I think John’s work, um, really resonated me with quite a lot because he’s worked quite stylized, um, uh, parts of the other boys. Like I learned a lot from both, um, Dave and Daniel and by, in terms of the stuff that really, um, I was focusing on John’s stuff was really just like perfect for what I was looking for.

Lauren (02:18):
Um, and I think I took a load of the stuff that he taught me, um, just from watching what he did and I put it into this piece and I think that six to 12 months of being in that studio with them really pushed me forward into being able to like, I need to solidify what I’m doing and, and what I love about this industry. And I think that was, that was good. That was like I said, it was a turning point for me to just be really confident in what I was doing, um, and put it into paper, which was the best part.

Shane (02:50):
Awesome. Well, it’s very good piece so it worked out well. Um, so yeah, you learned new techniques and everything from that experience. So that’s, that’s that question?

Lauren (03:02):
More like a, a confidence thing? Um, a lot of, I felt, I feel like a lot of people struggle with one. It’s always people say like, I need to find my style, but it’s also a confidence thing and staying true to what you know about yourself. Um, and sticking to your favourite. Why like your favorite techniques, because I feel like a lot of people would explore different techniques and they don’t truly just hone in on the one.

Shane (03:27):
Yep.

Lauren (03:28):
I feel like this piece was made just being like, this is my style, this is me. And it was a confidence thing. So it wasn’t so much techniques in terms of drawing, but it was a technique in terms of understanding myself as an artist.

Shane (03:43):
Very cool. So why do you think this piece resonates so much with your followers apart from being Spider-Man, of course!

Lauren (03:55):
Spider-Man? Um, it’s a, it’s the same thing. Like it was the point where people realized that I don’t know whether they realize or they caught on, or they just really saw this moment that I was quite confident in it. Um, it was just, it was just me. It was really me. And it was just kind of was like a, almost like a signature of being like, this is my style. Right. But I also, this particular piece was actually coloured by, um, Dave Atze. I think it’s “Ats”. Never, sorry, Dave, I can’t ever pronounce your last name correct. But he is an incredible art, like incredible artists, um, and his support as well at the time was fantastic. So I think it was just like a, an accumulation of all this. Um, and then just putting that forward to followers or, or family and friends. And I think they all just realize that I was moving forward and I think that’s why it resonated with a lot of people. Yeah.

Shane (04:51):
That makes a lot of sense. And also, cause it’s very cool. Thanks Lauren. Have a good day.

Lauren (05:00):
Thank you. Thanks for having me!

Shane (05:06):
Come check out what Lauren’s contributed to the ComX 18-month calendar by going to ComX.link that’s C-O-M-X.link, go over there and register your interest and it will email you once the campaign starts. Thanks for your time. See you later.


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