Lorna Leigh Scribbles.

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People see things differently through lines of perspective or glimpses of the unexpected. Whether it’s a musician on a train picking up sounds to create a track or a filmmaker that sees an everyday object as something that is emotive and interesting…It’s late in the evening at Lorna’s family home in an old tourist town by the sea in West Sussex. As I ready myself to interview her I notice props and memorabilia that span from her grandfathers sketchings, dusty old Vogue magazine covers and paintings of animals. Acting as a halfway house for creativity, a room to live in and a studio to work in. We have all been there when we were growing up, picture the scene…Paint is splattered all over the carpet, your mum fashions you a DIY apron out of bin bags for you to paint in. Lorna’s passion for drawing started at home, a passion for drawing that was tinged with a slight cartoon obsession that would lay the foundations for years to come. It was at school that Lorna was presented with the idea that she had potential in her chosen hobby, penciling portraits of her friends for the fine sum of 50p.

Fast forward to the present, I’m sat sifting through sketchbooks and doodles. What strikes me is the sheer amount of drawings that pour out of these sketchbooks. Sketchbooks that throw collages of creepy characters by Tim Burton, 60’s pop art by Warhol and a softly tinted fish with a twist of imagination by Travis Chatham. Portraits of Nick Cave are mixed in with a dark take on Little Red Riding Hood and a curious colourful pug. These artists have had a big influence on Lorna’s style and the way she draws. Lorna has also branched into animation with her own adaptation of Angela Carter’s twisted version of Little Red Riding Hood, ‘The Bloody Chamber’.

I guess for myself art boils down to one thing, to get a feeling across. I think this reflects in not only the artists influences and what they take from them but their own character too…

Lorna’s family, and particularly her grandfather, encouraged her to pursue a creative outlet at a young age. Buying her colouring books from the weekly shop at Tesco’s. Her grandfather would always doodle on receipts when he was working at Barclays Bank many years ago, these doodles evolved into drawings. Anything that catched his eye, a gorgeous pin up of the time or smart sailor in a razor ad.

Whether your passion was born out of a glimpse of magic or whether it started in the classroom or your backyard, just remember that it is the artists that will inspire you and the family that drive you on.

“I don’t really think, I just do it. It’s natural, I don’t know whether that’s good or bad.”
“Songs like Into My Arms by Nick Cave are emotional. It holds that feeling, art should be like that”
Ronson razor man by Lorna’s late grandfather Joseph Charles Ambler

The Bloody Chamber by Lorna Leigh Harrington.

Top photo by Jade Spranklen

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