Lindsay Lombard uses graphite pencils to create delicate illustrations; she then scans her drawings and applies coloured digital elements. Crystals was inspired by the power of crystals. ‘I wanted to develop a structure within the piece, to channel the idea of an energy grid which is a technique used to create a healing energy with the stones. And in the same way that different areas of the body would have a crystal placed upon it, I wanted the colour in the piece to be quite spaced and represent these different areas.’
You chose crystals as your theme, what is your relationship to using crystals in healing?
Crystals have always fascinated me in their structure, they’re such a natural and raw beauty. I like the idea of creating a positive energy around yourself, people will always face hard times in their life and everyone needs to find the best way of finding their way through them.
What kind of crystals did you use as the basis for your drawings, and where did you source them from?
I went to the Natural History Museum and did some sketches noting how the light was balanced over the surfaces and the different textures. I mainly looked at the quartz as I like the impurities in the stone, and the varying colours and shades that they form in. I then recreated these in more detail at home.
I love the way you build up your images, what is it that keeps you coming back to simple pencil drawings?
Light and shadows have been a big focus in my recent work, and I find pencil is such a natural way to portray this. It’s not the permanence of pen or paint that I dislike, as I rarely use an eraser, but more the restriction I come against when I use it, I find pencil such a changeable material and I love the detail it allows me to implement in my work.
Who have been your recent clients and how did you hook up with them?
The last couple have been friends of a friend, I did a logo design for a brewery – I worked in quite a different style for this by working digitally but it was a fun challenge. I enjoyed the commission I did for Cent magazine last year, it was in response to a short story and I found it an interesting and thought provoking project, I think they found me through my degree show.
What kind of projects do you enjoy working on the most and why?
I still really enjoy my self directed projects, I like to think I’m good at developing an idea and seeing it through to completion. I like working on big pieces the most, ones like the illustration I created for Amelia’s TWWDNU which is made up of lots of different components, so it allows me to put a great amount of detail into each part and it’s exciting watching it all come together.
Where did you study, when did you graduate and what was the most important thing you learnt?
I studied illustration at Camberwell College of Art, part of University of the Arts London, and graduated in 2013. I think one of the main things I learnt was to be true to yourself, it’s easy to get distracted by what everyone else is doing, and whilst there is a huge benefit in having so much creativity around to influence you, there are times when it needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. Another important step was learning how to implement colour into my work, and developing an eye for the colours that work well together.
What are you most looking forward to working on in the near future?
I’m working on some projects at the moment which hopefully I’ll get printed with the possibility of putting out for sale, depending on how quickly I finish it before the new year. After the New Year, I’m going to push looking for some editorial work – I enjoy responding to a narrative and the challenge of recreating it.
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