Author Archives: Lara

Maggie, aka Gozer the destructor!

Here’s that doodle of some of the things Maggie has decided would be good to eat. The library book was a bit embarrassing but the librarian was surprisingly cool about the whole thing!

The only item that seemed to cause Maggie any problem was the nectarine stone. We had to take her to the vet and they gave her something to make her throw it up, as apparently nectarine stones contain arsenic- huh.

We still haven’t bought her a new basket.

Cartoon of things Maggie the dog eats by Lara Crow

A happy ending


I just added the last page to my Canada diary.
Hope you’ve found it vaguely entertaining!
Despite stressful times at the start when Maggie was missing, it was a lovely holiday (but I was glad to get home and see the troublesome beastie too)!

Here’s the happy little (well, quite big really!) runaway hound- untroubled by her adventures and looking pretty cheery in the park!

I’ve also just started a little cartoon of all the things she has chewed up that she shouldn’t have. Can’t decide if she just loves the taste of cardboard and plastic or if some of them are comments on my poor taste in films. Will try to put it up soon.

I spent most of today decorating the flat, M was unimpressed with this and my failure to post her picture sooner! Apologies disapproval hound.

week 2 of diary- thinking about werewolves!

14 days of nonsense for you to read about are now in the diary. Not much more to go! On day 14, Steve and I saw some ridiculously turquoise lakes and had conversations about loup garou
(loup garous?). Digging your jean-shorts there dude.

doodle of a werewolf by Lara CrowI find the idea of werewolves quite interesting. I’ve got a couple of books about monsters called Beasts (which are so beautifully illustrated, you should definitely ask someone to get them for your for your birthday) which have lots of different monsters from around the world. A lot of them are cautionary tales for children- don’t wander alone near the lake or the lake monster will get youuu etc etc. But I find it interesting that so many of these beast tales involve a human becoming a full-blown monster for doing something ethically monstrous. I like that it sort of ties the two ideas of ‘monster’ together like that. I’m sure there’s a thesis in there somewhere.

Anyway they’re great books- here’s a pic of one (open at a cheerier beastie!) on my scruffy desk.

Photo of Beasts book

7 days are up

Ah diary week. There are 7 pages now added to the Canada travel diary and new ones will appear each day. I know you are bloomin excited to read more about bears, hats and soup cake. Stay tuned for all that… and more! MOAR!

Doodle of misty woods by Lara CrowDay 7 just appeared. Here’s a little peek at the misty mountains. So atmospheric and lovely.
I’d like to just sit and draw them all day, but had to satisfy myself with quick doodles as we were driving quite a lot to get to Tofino.
Walking on the train tracks by Stephen Ingram


Day 7 also includes me and Steve walking along a disused train line. It was excellent in a weirdly lonesome post-apocalyptic way. We didn’t see a soul and it was eerily quiet.

Here’s a photo Steve took of me wandering down the tracks. He didn’t enjoy walking over the bridge, which was very high, with big gaps between the wooden slats- so fair enough, no photos of that bit! I was thinking about zombies and feeling a bit ill-prepared. Didn’t even have a cricket bat.

Cricket bat doodle

This week is travel diary week!

This week I’m starting to put up the pages of my Canadian travel diary so stay tuned for a new page every day. Follow my very exciting life as I travel around, staying in strange spheres in the woods, drinking tea and looking at wildlife. Horror! Intrigue! Bacon!! 

Cartoon of an evil otter by Lara Crow

There’s a couple of pages already up there, more coming very soon!

Hope you enjoy them! Here is a little sneaky preview of a cartoon you won’t meet till day 8: evil incarnate. Dang, the stories I have heard about these cute little critters -sigh- it would break your heart.


Off Life quick draw!

On Thursday night I went along to Off Life‘s quickdraw event at the House of Illustration and had an excellent time scribbling away and chatting to people! Wish I hadn’t had to run home as soon as it ended. Off Life do a quickdraw most Thursdays on Twitter, so follow them and play along next time!

The basic idea is that they call out a theme and you have 15 minutes to draw something. Working quickly with pen and paper was good for me as I spend most of my time working digitally and probably rely a little too much on the good old undo function! Anyway, here’s some quick snaps of my doodles from the night.

Theme: my daily nemesis. This guy. Dah, I swear I had a cup of tea just a second ago!

sketch of a monster stealing a culpa by Lara CrowTheme: housewarming. I originally thought of a burning house but figured that lots of people would draw that, so I pondered it for a bit longer and for some reason imagined giants roasting houses on a spit. But hey they’re not total monsters- they shake the people out of the house first.

Doodle of cyclops toasting a house on a spit by Lara Crow Theme: what I think about while drawing. This one got a bit meta. I am often thinking argh, stupid stupid hands. Stupid pen! Stupid paper! Why won’t you do what I want you to do?

Sketch of a girl looking at her hands by Lara Crow

Theme: the other side of the computer screen. Haha, remember this guy? This pic got a bit scratchy and rough, perhaps it was the rage coming back after all this time. *shudder* Oh god, what if it’s still in there somewhere, just waiting for me to look like I am writing a list or a letter…

Sketch of those cursed paperclips! by Lara Crow


Diary is nearly done!

Hum, so it’s been slow progress, but that Vancouver diary is almost done! All the pages are tidied up and I’ll be uploading them soon. It was quite strange for me working on some of these pages. We lost Maggie for a few days while we were in Canada but I sort of forgot how worrying it all was until going back over the pages! Yikes!

Anyway, more of that soon, but for now here is a little cartoon of a bear- no we didn’t get any bear spray, even though the place we were staying said it was a must! Eep. I did think about bears a lot though. Bears.

Bear cartoon by Lara Crow

Working on a travel diary

I’ve been a bit under the weather this weekend. Those stupid microbes insist on ruining my day! But I have had a chance to work on my Vancouver travel diary a bit. Lots of scanning and tidying up pages. But soon, soon it will be finished and you can read all about Steve’s and my adventures!

Until then, there are other diaries to rummage through up there in the menu. Also here’s a little snap shot from Vancouver day 3- visiting the aquarium! Aww cute octopus.

Octopus cartoon doodle


Happy New Dinosaur

It feels a bit late to wish you a happy new year, so I wish you a happy new dinosaur instead!
Here’s one playing the concertina. That’s how dinosaurs might well roll if they were still around.
(Well… that and ruin all John Hammond’s plans while offering a nice intro to chaos theory into
the bargain)

Dinosaur playing concertina illustration

It’s been a busy few weeks but I’m working on some fun stuff that I’m really looking forward to sharing with you – so stay tuned and I’ll post about it soon. Also more dinosaurs because hurrah dinosaurs!