The Q&A: Laura Liedo

By Peggy Roalf   Monday January 23, 2017

Q: Originally from the North of Spain, what are some of your favorite things about living and working in the South?

A: Originally from Asturias, my favorite things about living and working in Barcelona are the huge amount of culture and artistic forms. I like meeting my colleagues for exhibitions, discovering art everywhere or going around town by bicycle, as if it were a village.

Q: Do you keep a sketchbook? What is the balance between art you create on paper [or other analog medium] versus in the computer?

A: I have several sketchbooks in different sizes and I always take one with me. I´m addicted to writing lists or quick notes, so I usually fill them with “things to do”, ideas and quick sketches of these. Then I scan the sketches and start with the digital part of the work.

Q: What is the most important item in your studio?

A: My graphic tablet and a delicious spiced black tea.


Q: How do you know when the art is finished?

When I feel that the art is almost finished, I make some test about color and composition and I choose the best of them all.

Q: What elements of daily life exert the most influence on your work practice?

A: Music and dance helps me a lot in my work

 Q: What was your favorite book as a child?

A: Matilda by Roald Dahl 

Q: What is the best book you've recently read? 

A: Centuria by Giorgio Manganelli

Q: If you had to choose one medium to work in for an entire year, eliminating all others, what medium would you choose?

A: Although I´m very happy with my tablet and Photoshop I would choose the medium of acrylic paint to experiment.

Q: If you could spend an entire day away from work and deadlines, what would you do and where?

A: I would go to the beach by bike and after a swim in the sea I would enjoy a big piece of carrot cake.

Q: What was the [Thunderbolt] painting or drawing or film or otherwise that most affected your approach to art? 

A: The work of Henri Matisse.

Q: What would be your last supper?

A: Salmon and a good wine.


Laura Liedo is a freelance illustrator based in Barcelona who graduated with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations and a Postgraduate in Creative Illustration and Visual Communication at the EINA School of Art and Design. She currently works for magazines, studios and advertising agencies.