Laurie Stansfield
Knowing how to have fun, that's the trick.

Un-commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
I was about to launch with my new agent & needed a strong portfolio of consistent work. I wanted to create a new image which truly demonstrated the style of work I’d make for Picture Books. This was my style guide: Bold shapes & colour, for instant appeal. Playful mark making & content, for joy. Details, for engaging the viewer to stop & look. And most importantly I wanted to enjoy creating it

How was the illustration used:
online portfolio

How did you make this work:
In launching with my agent, I was moving my work into a commercial environment. I was aware that the illustrations I created now would affect the commissions I might receive in the future. It was important to me to create strong foundations, guided by gut-feelings, a sense of fun & happiness. In this image, I particularly enjoyed painting different textures and shapes onto the bird character.

Commissioner Name :
Charlie Bowden
Commissioner Company :
Pickled Ink

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Having grown up in the beautiful city of Oxford, Laurie moved west to study illustration at the University of the West of England. She has worked as a freelancer since graduating in 2010, but only recently arrived at where she feels most at home - illustrating children’s picture books, encouraged by receiving the highly commended Macmillan Prize for her self-written story. Laurie creates her art digitally using a loose line, lots of texture and a limited but punchy colour palette. The result is a style which is naive and fresh, confident and playful. Laurie lives with her husband in Bristol, and works out of an inspiring studio space which she shares with a handful of up-beat creatives.