about

I’m Laura McKendry, an illustrator based in North London, UK.

My illustrations depict the natural world. Everything that makes it fascinating, beautiful and delicious:

Lustrous tomatoes. Spikey conkers. Flitting house sparrows. Bunches of straggly flowers. Dusty pigeons.

I work mostly in watercolour, ink, charcoal and coloured pencil, but like to experiment with whatever I find lying around (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.

I take inspiration from London’s parks, city farms, wild spaces, friend’s kitchen tables, my back garden, greengrocers, pond dipping, the English seaside, beach-combing, rock pooling, allotments, the changing seasons and getting lost in the woods. I feel passionate about sustainability and doing everything we can to protect the planet.

My artwork has been licensed worldwide for greeting cards, gift-wrap, book covers, mugs, homeware and fine art prints. I teach drawing and illustration at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and also run creative workshops at other venues throughout the year.

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