I am Miranda Lorikeet, 24 years old from Sydney, Australia and I make pictures with MS Paint. Internet artist, girlfriend, office worker. I am very busy and important.
Tell us a bit about your creative process. What are you trying to communicate to the world?
I like to draw surreal landscapes with naked girls. They are always deliberately draw in a non-sexual way. The nudity in the drawings is a nod to feminine freedom, but also to the landscapes. Natural landscape, natural body. I think it would look wrong if I drew the girls with clothing on.
My MS Paint drawings are mostly about daydreams, nightmares- whatever I’ve been thinking about. I put a lot of focus on colour. Colour is really emotive and one my favourite aspects of my pictures. I spend longer selecting the colours than I do actually drawing the picture sometimes.
I like it when people put their own meanings to my drawings or see themselves as the person in the picture. I think it would be really cool to be able to project your own emotions onto a stranger just through colours and shapes, so I’m trying to do that. I try to make art that is pretty but gives you the sense that something isn’t quite right.
I do most of my drawings when I’m procrastinating. That’s when I feel most inspired. Sometimes I get an idea for a drawing while I’m on the train or when I’m at work and I’ll write it down. Sometimes I see an ad on TV or a dress in the window of a store and I’ll take those colours and use them in a drawing. I also like to use 1970s national geographic landscape photos for reference.
Are you afraid to put yourself out there’?
grew up in a pretty creative environment. My mum and dad always encouraged my drawing from a young age, so I’ve always been happy and confident with the things I make.I’ve been lucky enough that I didn’t really have to put myself out there too much. People found me. The internet is ridiculous. Having a blog where I share all my drawings and ideas and inspirations has been really constructive. It’s really helped me develop my style and become more confident with what I’m making and doing. I feel like if you just throw yourself into it and immerse yourself in something you love with confidence no one will question you.
Something / someone that you always turn to when you’re in a creative rut?
Guy Billout’s illustrations, whenever I’m in the mood to draw but struggling for a new idea- I look at his work. I love his concepts. Any 1920s surrealist artwork always inspires me too, not always for the colours but for the concepts. Playing with children’s toys or clay is good too. It’s really stimulating to do something hands-on rather than sitting at a computer screen clicking a mouse. It’s like it awakens a side of your brain that’s been asleep since you were a child. Feeling nostalgic always makes me want to draw. I recently had a huge wave of nostalgia after going home to visit my parents. I found a lot of my old toys in the family storage unit and I’ve been obsessing over them for the past few weeks, so a lot of my more recent art work has been influenced by that.
Explain the internet in one sentence.
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If you could eat anything right now, what would it be?
I’m eating cheese on Turkish bread as I type this, I wouldn’t change a thing.