Gorgeous Buildings and Bristol Concert Orchestra Poster

I just love to draw gorgeous buildings.  Yes I know, it does sound strange coming from someone who regularly talks about Budapest - St Stephen basillicahow much I enjoy drawing an animal roaring, leaping and generally being beastly.

The thing is, buildings have a lovely contrast to the speed and kind of energy used in my drawings of living creatures.  My style doesn’t change but I like the results I get when applied to a structure – giving a solid building a life and character of its own.

Watercolour painting of a house by Drawesome Illustration, Laura Elliott,

Painting of a person’s home. Private commission.

I like searching out the details with my pen or pencil, working with the weight of the line to add depth, finding which colours to bring out, and quite often when I’m taking time over these longer drawings, I find myself ‘in the zone’ happily spending hours drawing a building to life.  This is true for when I’ve worked on private commissions for people’s homes, as well as various landmarks.

One of the buildings I’ve painted is St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol.  This 4th July, Bristol Concert Orchestra – the oldest orchestra in Bristol – will be performing at St Mary Redcliffe as a venue for the first time.  I’m very pleased to have my artwork displayed on their poster adverting the event at this exciting time for the orchestra.  Poster for Bristol Concert Orchestra's performance illustrated with a painting of St Mary Redcliffe by Drawesome Illustrations, Laura Elliott

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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