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.
Illustration as part of Birds Exhibition in Bristol
Self written and illustrated poem
Editorial piece to go with a blog article with Coochie Crunch
Painting submitted for ‘Harmony’ exhibition.
Illustration to go with a poem about vintage fur.
Animated gif, exploring the use of animated illustrations
Tongue in cheek illustration of people running from a dinosaur.
Private commission for a humourous anatomical painting of a seahorse.
Editorial illustration about ‘Mighty whale’ alternative power.
Christmas character design.
One of the steps in an origami folding instruction book.
Private commission for a painting of a pet.
Character design for illustrated book.
Painting of Bristol Temple Meads – a historic building in Bristol.
Saint Mary Redcliffe – a church in Bristol
Study of historical costume designed by Ollivier Henry.
‘Hunter’s foxy Time’ from the short series ‘Twisted Love Stories’.
Poster for Pink Kitten Dance School’s Halloween student showcase.
‘Mr Biscuit’s Grisly Demise’ fromthe short series ‘Twisted Love Stories’.
Promotional poster advertising the charity event, raising money for Marie Curie.
Logo for the burlesque performer Miss Erised.
Logo design drawing inspiration from the natural world to evoke a sense of tranquility.
Bristol Zoo and Gardens letter header for their Bristol Community Plant Collection.
Logo design working from an ethos that wished to connect people, whether receiving or giving support to children with Down’s Syndrome.
I illustrate and design bespoke artwork for commercial or personal use, which infused with my quirky ideas and drawing style creates imagery that is deliciously fun and has great impact.
Self written and illustrated poem
Be unique, get noticed
Have artwork created that is as individual as you. If you’ve got a venture just waiting to burst into life, we’ll work together to develop your exciting ideas into a unique final piece. Whether you’re looking for a bespoke logo for your company or for the perfect artwork to go on your wall, this is the place to get started.
- Quirky narrative illustrations for books, journals, editorials, invites, posters, comics, *insert anything you’d like brilliantly fun illustration for*
- Original logos and promotional material for you, your business or event
- Private commissions to create perfect personalised gifts for yourself, loved ones, and the ones who have everything
- Humorous goodies that you can buy direct from my shop
Promotional poster advertising the charity event, raising money for Marie Curie.
These are some of the great projects, individuals and businesses I’ve been involved with:
- Entering Brooklyn Art Library’s ‘The Sketchbook Project’ with an illustrated journal called Nighttime Stories. My book proved so popular that it was featured in The New York Magazine
- Creating stationery for Bristol Zoo Gardens’ contribution to a National Plant Collection specialising in marigold species. The project works with a wide variety of people from the Bristol community, which is reflected in the artwork
- Designing a logo and poster for an incredible Marie Curie fundraiser which was a skinny dip that broke a Guinness World Record. The appeal of the logo prompted sales of t-shirts, which then raised another £350
- Painting a series of pet illustrations which was used for creating a personalised mug set. This was given as a perfect pet-lover Christmas gift
- Illustrating mischievous time-travelling cats for the Geevor Tin Mine museum trail and their children’s underground tin-mining story book adventure ‘Basil & Scraggs go underground at Geevor’
Get in on the action and get in touch with me.
Praise for Drawesome
“Working with Laura was a joy. From the initial conversations about me, my work and my emerging business, she just seemed to get exactly what I was looking for.” Vikki – Victoria Ralfs Training.
“Her quirky and brilliant sense of fun always comes through in her artwork and this was exactly the spirit I wanted to capture for my event… Laura’s design thoroughly encapsulated the key idea that this was to be an event for everyone, no matter what size, age or shape… Laura is an awesomely talented illustrator and I am a huge admirer of her work!” Alison – Midsummer Skinny Dip.
“We absolutely love the picture and can recommend Laura’s services unequivocally.” Jayne and John – personal commission.
“I was very pleased with the quality of the [logo] design as well as the customer service given by Laura herself – highly recommended! Samantha – Miss Erised burlesque performer and model
Ever noticed how croissants and manatees look quite similar? Well, now you know.
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.
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!
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:
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:
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).
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:
Waiting. Can’t get in…
Feels like hours…
Getting cold out on this doorstep.
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!
I was asked to design a poster for Pink Kitten Dance School’s student cabaret this Easter; I was inspired by an image from their ‘March’ image in the Pink Kitten calendar and worked from there. I wanted it to be tongue in cheek and fun to look at, hence Zombie Jesus Day! but I got cold feet and made a differently titled one for the final. Although I’d be interested to hear if you have a preference title-wise….
I like bright pink and teal but after discussing it with a colleague at the dance school, I changed the colour palette and I think it does work better for the Easter theme. So below you can find the final version, with all the tweaks.
I’m biased, as I work for the company and that I perform in their showcases, but they are a blast for an evening’s entertainment, you should come along!
I was approached by a tremendously energetic woman setting up a company called The Breathing Space. Her energy came from her passion to set up a company she really cared for – helping people make positive changes in their lives to make happier souls. She felt that taking inspiration from nature was a great environment to support these learning experiences and requested that I too, take inspiration from nature.
Circles and spirals are quite calming shapes – being found in nature also – so thought this would be a good direction to follow. Starting with circles and then settling on a spiral shape, I also looked into British trees as an imagery source. I liked the idea of a breeze being a breath of fresh air, swirling leaves as it went.
The finished piece took on a light natural quality, suiting the company ethos and becoming a strong solution for the image that my client requested.
See my final image below…
And to see my logo in full contextual glory, have a look at my client’s website! Follow the link: The Breathing Space
It’s been about 8 months since that whole ‘redundancy’ incident at the greetings card studio. It felt a little ouch at the time but now I have a new job of awesomeness (working at a dance school) and running away to eastern Europe helped. I also feel that enough time has elapsed for me to finally confess something…
I doctored the greetings cards I was designing.
Of course, I didn’t ever send them to print, it’s not like I wanted to lose my job! (cue wry grin of irony). Besides, the amendments weren’t exactly subtle but it helped get it out of my system.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the work I did, but those of you that know me should appreciate it was neccessary – that there are only so many uber cute bears and woodland creatures a girl like me can take. Not to mention the dry traditional scenes of tractors, sleepy villages and flowers.
So, for the first time, I’m going to share these with you, the people that weren’t my colleagues.
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