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I create artwork that’s intended to inspire, whether making you smile, or making you think.  My style of drawing is playful; my light quick lines are created with pen and ink – which are my weapons of choice.  Depending on the project, or the feel of a piece, artwork is painted or coloured digitally.  Simply scroll down to view my portfolio.

If you like what you see and want something made for yourself, you can work with me too.

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A New Website Is Born! Welcome To Laura Elliott Illustration

I’ll confess, I’m not the most technically minded person.  So making a website from scratch on a certain software that is much more expansive than my limited knowledge is a bit daunting.  However, to combat this I find the challenge appeals to a stubborn streak of mine when faced with problems.  With some help from the mind behind Gui Creative to point me in the right direction, I crafted my new website:  www.lauraelliottillustration.co.uk

 

You’ll be able to clearly see my portfolio of work which ranges from children’s narrative to editorial to promotional, adapting my style to both watercolour and digital methods.  You can view a choice selection of my sketchbook imagery that supports my way of working and hones my skills.

 

laura elliott illustration home page

 

 

Not only do you get to see my work but you get to play with robins too!  I like how the nature of the robin images changing reflect bird like movements.  It seemed to come together well.

 

 

My blog will continue to be updated with news, new work and my various creative thoughts and my website will be a platform for viewing my best work.  I hope you enjoy them both!

Pink Kitten Dance School’s Halloween Horror Poster

I love Halloween, I’m not sure of the exact pull but I’m drawn to the macarbe and darkly comic side of life which finds a welcome home in Halloween.

I’ve been involved with Pink Kitten for a couple years now and even have my own burlesque alter ego – namely Machete Rose, a necromorphous dancer.  In almost every performance she’s done, her act ends with a death scene.  This means that I’m particularly skilled at stage falls.  I’m convinced this must have a use in ‘everyday life’, i.e fainting at opportune moments (say, in an effort to avoid answering awkward questions) or liven up boring situations (waiting rooms).

Halloween is on the horizon and Pink Kitten are readying the acts for their next student showcase.  Such an awesome event needs an awesome poster – behold, my poster for the Cabaret of Halloween Horrors:

pink kitten cabaret of halloween horrors poster illustrated by laura elliott

If you’re in the Bristol area, you can buy tickets here:  Pink Kitten Dance School’s Cabaret of Halloween Horrors  

If you’re lucky, you may even get to see me die.  Or perform.  Whichever you fancy.

 

I thought I’d add my sketch as I was developing the character/lighting:

pencil sketch zombie girl, preparation for halloween poster

What A Ride – GradGallery Retrospective

laura elliott with her illustrations at GradGallery exhibition

I’m super chuffed to say that my Twisted Love Stories and Music Birds went down a treat.  I sold several prints, postcards and even an original painting to a lovely couple (Noted Birds, top left) – I think they were going to put it in their son’s room.  I had the pleasure of meeting the newborn boy and I think he liked me and the painting, at least, he didn’t scowl at me so I think it’s a good sign (I can never tell with babies).

watercolour painting noted birds for gradgallery exhibition in cheltenham

 

 

 

 

 

 

GradGallery Private View

 

The private view was good fun, lots of people and a great vibe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I invigilated on the Saturday and it was great to be able to watch people’s reactions to my work – I saw quite a few people leaning in to read my twisted love stories and walk away chuckling.  Unfortunately I wan’t there at the time but my friend told me she saw a man looking at my work (Hunter’s Foxy Time) and break out in a huge belly laugh saying ‘that’s hilarious!’.  I know humour is a very personal thing, so I’ll let you decide for yourselves:

digital artwork for gradgallery

 

 

digital illustration on the theme twisted love story of a biscuit and a cup of tea

 

 

 

digital illustration of hunter dressed as fox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soon…….

Waiting.  Can’t get in…

Feels like hours…

Getting cold out on this doorstep.

Soon…….

 

image of dog waiting using given photo to work with as part of the photo response project for Art House co-op

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The image above was created as part of the Photo Response Project organised by Art House Co-op.  They are the same people that created the Sketchbook Project which I took part in the other year with my piece titled Nighttime Stories.

Participants were given 5 photos and we had to pick one to create a response to.  The photo I picked was of the door to the house, it was the one that jumped out to me.  Something about it felt empty but only recently so and in my mind’s eye I saw a dog.  I wondered if somehow the dog had been forgotten or left behind.  So I drew his waiting.  I wanted it to look like he’d been waiting a long time, with forlorn hope.

I don’t know who owns the dog, or who lives in the house, or whether he ever has someone to take him home.  That’s for you to continue the story.  I’d like to hear what thoughts you have.

I drew and painted the dog (a red and white irish setter for those interested) and added him into the picture.  The longer he waits, the more faded his image, like a reversed time lapse.  I wanted to communicate the distress of the dog and the impression of not being looked after by similarly distressing and tearing the print.  I don’t usually mix drawn and photo images but this was a good project to experiment with such things!