Madison LaRose
Layla's Lantern

Children's Publishing

Un-commissioned | New Talent

Why did you make this work:
I decided to make Layla's Lantern because I wanted to challenge myself with writing and Illustrating a story for children. This project is aimed for children 4-6. It is a special project to me because when I started I had just moved from Boston, USA to Scotland. I tried to incorporate my observations of this new place within the illustrations.

How was the illustration used:
The intended use of this illustration is to be printed as a book for my portfolio. The book itself is about a girl named Layla whose fear of the dark overwhelms her, and she is unable to fall asleep. This fear is represented visually through a dark sea of water. I want readers to decide for themselves whether what happened in the story really occurred.

How did you make this work:
Each spread is hand painted on a 12X24 inch hot pressed arches paper. I used gouache and colored pencil for the illustrations.

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Edinburgh College Of Art and Design
MFA Illustration
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Madison LaRose is an illustrator from Rhode Island, USA. She received her BFA in 2018 at Massachusetts College Of Art majoring in Illustration. Soon after she moved to Edinburgh, Scotland and is currently studying her MFA in Illustration (graduating 2020). Her dream is to illustrate books for children, and has been building her portfolio towards that market.