I’ve been feeling a sort of manic joy about green ever since I saw the colour collective theme last week. Leaf greeeeen. I’ve not had a chance to participate in the Twitter colour challenge yet this year, one thing or another kept getting in the way, but hell no. I wasn’t going to miss this one, the shade was too good!

So here is the slightly crazed image I came up with. Wheeee! All the green, straight into your eyeballs. I was going to choose a more soothing background colour to compliment the leaf green and then I was like, pah! Weakling. Let’s have ALL THE GREEN like a big leafy slap in the face! Because that is sometimes how I roll.

Manic green by Lara Crow


Charity auction

350-crocHey! I’m auctioning a print of my worried little astro crocodile (and a pencil sketch as an extra goodie) for Save the Children UK. Hooray!

All proceeds go to charity, so why not have a little bid? You get a fun, signed, limited edition print for your wall and dosh goes to a great cause. Win-win.

I’m doing this as part of the Twitter Colour Collective, a very talented bunch of creative types who get together on Twitter to share their work, based on a different colour each week.

Have a look at some of the lovely stuff they are auctioning too. Ooooo arty goodness.

It’s been really great seeing so many illustrators get involved. Gives me faith in people. All the warm fuzzies. Feels really good! *sniff* What? Oh nothing. Just got something in my eye…

Only 4 days left, so don’t hang about!


The Golden Mario

Steve turned 33 recently and to celebrate this, we had a MarioKart party! Because we are grown ups now… Yeah.

mario-1Getting into the true spirit of the thing, I decided to make a Golden Mario trophy for the winner of the championship. Inspired by this party idea post on Offbeat Home.

Here’s everyone’s favourite plumber being sprayed a lovely gold. I bought the vinyl figure online and planned to just spray him, but the spray didn’t take very happily to the vinyl. I ended up priming him with a couple of layers of watered down PVA glue, which worked brilliantly.

What was less brilliant was that Steve later stepped in the bowl of glue I’d left on the floor…
a nice little reminder to tidy up during your craft projects people!

mushroomsDespite hating actual mushrooms (come off it, they have gills and grow on dead stuff for goodness sake, don’t get me started I could rant about their creepiness all day) I also made some mushrooms.

Look at these little guys in a row! Now that’s the kind of mushroom I can get behind.

I already had lots of paper lanterns, so that was handy. Adding the paper faces and dots didn’t take long. Shame I didn’t have any green ones. Those are obviously the best.

The estate agent who happened to be looking round our flat at the time definitely didn’t think it was weird decor… not at all.


Maggie did not enjoy the party, (despite getting a lot of fuss from everyone) because celebrations got noisy when the trophy was handed over.

She doesn’t enjoy party poppers or people jumping about, but she did rather like the Mario. And the crisps that fell on the floor, which she selflessly helped to clear up.

I’m afraid despite this sad face she pulled, she had to let the Mario go. So long Golden Mario, see you at the next MarioKart Championship!


New Year toot toot!

tootHey. Hey, did you see this? There’s this new year thing. Pretty nifty innit? This little doodle and I wish you a very happy one! Hooray! Woop woop etc.

Sorry it’s been a while, I was pretty busy in the run up to christmas and then I had a very important appointment with some cheese and biscuits and mulled wine, so that took up a lot of my time, but I’m sure you will understand. I’ll be back soon with some more updates!

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

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


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


Gallery of Mo sneaky self-portrait

Self-portrait by Lara CrowIt’s November and I’m donating my time as a Gallery of Mo artist again- huzzah! It was loads of fun last year. I’m looking forward to seeing some more facial hair going on around this fair city too, come on gents it’s dapper and the ladies love it!

Here’s a little peek at my self-portrait for the gallery. Yeah that’s a tiny wolf on my head…
what of it?

Fancy a lovely portrait of yourself with a tache? Head over to the Gallery of Mo website and donate some dosh to a good cause! There are loads of great artists taking part.