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
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.
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.