Greenery illustration by Lara Crow

Here’s a little something I’ve been working on recently. Playing around with different textures and enjoying myself by using allll the green. I find this colour so calming to use, it makes me happy! Plus plants are always a delight to draw.

This guy actually started life as a scruffy doodle in the tiny calendar I carry around all the time in my bag. Sometimes I find a sketchbook makes me feel some weird pressure to do a ‘good drawing’, whereas I never feel like that doodling in the margins of the calendar or on the back of an envelope! It’s pretty daft I know.

Here he is, looking worried! I liked the eyes in the original sketch but in the tidied up version it just didn’t work as well. I still like the scruffy doodle, maybe I’ll have another pass at it sometime and use a different colour palette or something. Or just draw even moarrr plants! Yeah!

Floating islands

I’ve been updating my portfolio recently with some front covers, though there’s still a lot to do! In the meantime I thought I’d share a more detailed pic from one of the covers I did for Nature last year.

The brief was to create an illustration about things being separate but connected, particularly by bridges. I quite often get fairly open-ended briefs like this and I’m really lucky that the Editors are very supportive about the ideas I come up with!

This is just a small section of the final image, (which you can see here in full) but I wanted to share it because I was really satisfied with the little details in the island itself, which got a bit lost in the larger image. It’s a bit of a new direction for me style-wise and I’m keen to explore it a bit more when I get a chance. Floaty islands!

Floating island cover by Lara Crow

Sleep deprivation

Ok it’s news to nobody but turns out that babies sometimes cry at night and you don’t sleep so good no more. Or write sentences so good no more.

I wanted to share some of the nonsense that happens after a few sleepless nights so here’s a little scribbly cartoon of a conversation I had with Steve… I’m actually quite nice usually, I promise!

Sleep deprivation cartoon by Lara Crow

Why has it been so quiet and SALE!

Hello! Sorry it’s been rather quiet around here recently. I’ve been a little bit busy because I had a baby! EEK! Yeah, so that’s been pretty full on and I haven’t had a chance to update this site until now. Being a parent is scary as hell, but an endless source of comedy so hopefully I’ll be able to share some of that with you.

Look at this tiny bean. Yikes, how am I someone’s mum? That’s just madness.

Anyway, to celebrate the arrival of the bub, I’m having a sale on the stuff on my site, huzzah! So maybe make an early start on your Christmas presents (argh so soon, not yet December, stop it at once etc. etc.) and go check out those prints and things! Some of the prints are very short runs so there aren’t many left. If you see something you want, nab it now!

Give me a shout if you’d like one, or use the shopping basket if you prefer. Mmm online shopping, no need to go outside in the cold!

Here is Maggie, resolutely not going outside in the cold. Clever girl. She’s also nailed a rather accurate impression of me there.

New York travel diary!

Diary pages by Lara CrowI’ve added all the pages of my travel diary from visiting New York in one fell swoop! Hurrah! Go have a look here!

It was actually up yesterday but I forgot to tell anyone which was unhelpful of me, but what can I say? I got distracted re-watching the pilot of Sleepy Hollow. Yes I am suitably ashamed. But I love that stompy headless horseman.

Anyway, we had a lovely time in NY, seeing loads of iconic buildings, soaking up the atmosphere and snaffling excellent food and drink. Also catching up with my brother and his girlfriend, who we hadn’t seen for a couple of years since they moved to Toronto, so it was pretty special all round.

Thanks again NYC, you were beautiful and crazy and excellent in every way.

Secret 7″ and moving house

Hey folks, been busy moving house but since unpacking boxes and weeding the garden don’t make very exciting pics, here’s something I worked on a while back for this year’s Secret 7″ exhibition. Sadly they didn’t go for this one, but it was great fun to work on. Nevermind little horse dude! I still like you.

Tame Impala record cover front by Lara Crow

I chose the Tame Impala song ‘The Less I know The Better’. Listen to the track here. It grew on me more and more as I listened to it and I wanted to do something that was a bit trippy, a little melancholy but also had a sense of humour which is how their song struck me. This lonesome horse and his skull buddy seemed to do the trick!

And a little pic for the back of the record sleeve- didn’t want to give away the song too much but I love that line! I think the horse’s expression sums up the irritation and general malaise of being told to pull yourself together by a skull. Oh shut up Trevor! I didn’t even invite you on this space voyage.

Tame Impala record cover back by Lara Crow