about

I’m Laura McKendry, an illustrator and artist based in North London, UK. I undertake commcerial work for licensing and sell original drawings.

I work mostly in watercolour, ink and coloured pencil, but also experiment with unusual tools and materials (bubble wrap, emulsion paint, sticks, teabags, squashed blackberries, paintbrush handles…). I often stand to draw and paint on the floor which injects an energy and playfulness to my drawings.

My artwork has been licensed worldwide for greeting cards, gift-wrap, mugs, homeware and fine art prints. My book cover illustration for André Alexis’ novel Fifteen Dogs was nominated for the V&A Illustration Awards 2016.

I teach drawing and illustration short courses at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. I’m a Domestika tutor and also run live and online creative workshops throughout the year. My workshops are accessible, with a focus on playful ways of unlocking creativity combined with technical skills and directive guidance.

More drawings of dogs and cats can be found at birdandbeast.co.uk.

Clients include:

Artko, Card Mix, Creative Tops, Darling Dog Company, Dunoon Mugs, Felix Project, Impress, Jaccart, Laura Ashley, Ling, Museums & Galleries, Noel Tatt, Paper Dove, Papyrus, Pet Sense, Pixi Beauty, Profile Books, Synchronicity Earth, Waterstones, Whistlefish Galleries, Wildwash, WHSmith, Woodmansterne.

Laura McKendry illustrator in studio

Film by pointydog.co.uk