“I suffer [from] depression/ anxiety and occasionally disassociation, but my artwork has helped me through so much of that.”
Name: Sarah-Louise Bishop
Art Materials: I mainly use pencils now (Faber-Castell Polychromos) but I used to use water colour paint a lot, and still occasionally do! It all depends on my mood. My watercolour work was a bit weirder and darker than my more current pencil work.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I get inspiration from lots of things everyday. It could be my mood at that time, or the way the light falls onto someone’s face, or someone else’s mood or an interesting expression on someone’s face or just pure boredom! (My mind visits infinite weird and wonderful places during periods of boredom). But mainly I would say my work is inspired by ‘mood’ in general.
Tell us about your creative process.
I’m generally always looking through the thousands of photos I have, searching for an image which sums up my current mood or the feeling I would like to convey. I also like to take photos of people while they are doing natural normal day-to-day things and focus on the expression or the positioning of different body parts, eg, hands. I really like to play with colour too, so lighting is important for me.
I then turn my music on, do a rough sketch and get the positioning etc correct and then I start the process of filling in with colour. I LOVE blending colours and getting lots of expression, tones and those personal touches in there.
What is the story behind your artwork, if any?
I have always been very open to people when they ask where my inspiration comes from or how I ‘got into art’. The truth is, I have always been a lover of art. Ever since my dad showed my his old sketch books from when he was younger, I always remember thinking “I want to draw like that”. He taught me the basics of how to draw a face when I was about 6 years old and I have pretty much been drawing ever since. But I found my true flare for art after I lost a my brother to suicide in 2013. I had never experienced pain/ emotion like it and I became extremely (mentally) unwell. I found that the only thing I could concentrate on was drawing/ painting with my headphones on, blasting some heavy rock through my ears, shutting everything and everyone else out. I suffer [from] depression/ anxiety and occasionally disassociation, but my artwork has helped me through so much of that. It has been my muse at the best and darkest of times and still is, but now art is my absolute passion and something I wish to continue to build a career around. It’s no longer just a coping mechanism.
My work is mainly focused on expression in portraiture. I find eyes absolutely fascinating. They are my favourite thing to recreate and depending on how I am feeling at that time, I will draw a face to represent that the best way possible and/or leave people asking “what’s happening there?”