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 in watercolour, ink 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.
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 am also available for one-to-one private tutoring.
More drawings of dogs and cats can be found at birdandbeast.co.uk.
Artko, Card Mix, Creative Tops, Darling Dog Company, Dunoon Mugs, Impress, Jaccart, Laura Ashley, Ling, Museums & Galleries, Noel Tatt, Paper Dove, Papyrus, Profile Books, Synchronicity Earth, Waterstones, Whistlefish Galleries, WHSmith, Woodmansterne.