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Meet Laura Irrgang in East Dallas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Irrgang.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I work from my studio in the Texas woods, splitting my time between fine art, illustration, and cartooning. A typical day involves waking up before the sun, getting my kids off to school, then getting back to my studio to create. I make art every single day, and I also do everything from entering competitions, managing social media, administrative duties, shipping art, taking classes, and creating my comic strip, Glitterville.

My earliest memories involve crayons. From pre-school until now, it’s been art, art, art! I love it. I think about it all the time. I even dream about art.

I completed a fine arts degree in college, then taught art at the high school level. I served as an art instructor for continuing education courses through the University of Texas and at the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum. I managed an art gallery in Austin, Texas, and worked as a freelance art publicist. All the while, I showed and sold art through the internet, stores, and galleries. I continue to volunteer with art-related activities and events in my community.

Early in 2017, I created the comic strip “Glitterville”, featuring Eunice the pathologically positive unicorn, and Nadine the nasty narwhal. I was inducted into the National Cartoonists Society’s Texas Chapter this January.

Has it been a smooth road?
The easy part is that I love what I do. It feels like playing when I’m painting or generating ideas. The real work comes when it’s time to be persistent. It takes a lot of perseverance to keep showing up day after day, especially if you go through a period where you’re not getting much of a response.

It puts you in a vulnerable position to share your work and have it rejected or ignored, but it’s also great when people love it. I try to focus on making work I love, and not pay too much attention to the response. It’s a practice, something I do daily-almost like a working meditation. I try view creating an ever-unfolding process.

Above all… I keep creating. I try to quit thinking, quit worrying…just make art.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Laura Irrgang – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I do a variety of art-illustration, cartooning, design, and fine art painting. I’m proud of being really versatile. I work on everything from portrait commissions to surface pattern design.

Editorial and children’s illustration are favorites for me because I love working on projects with a strong narrative. Cartooning is such a joy, but I also enjoy a high degree of detail, specifically in home décor design.

What were you like growing up? Personality wise, interest wise, etc.
I spent a lot of time coloring with crayons and inventing elaborate stories. I loved to sing, play instruments, hang out with my cat, and take dance lessons. I made a banjo-ish instrument once with wood, nails, and rubber bands. One of my favorite things to do was dress up in tons of scarves and jewelry and run around out in the woods. My nose was usually stuck in a comic book… Garfield or Calvin and Hobbes. Oh! And I loved the games Lite-Brite, my View-master, and Fashion Plates.

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1 Comment

  1. Alesha LaFleur

    May 10, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    I love love love this article and feature about Laura Irrgang! She is such a breath of fresh air and so committed to art and the artist community. She’s even a joy to be around outside the artists community! Thank you for this article.

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