Illustrations

Christmas fair

lamb2Thought I’d write a belated update on what I’ve been up to besides eating too many mince pies and watching Die Hard.

In December I took part in the Made In Surbiton Christmas fair in The Lamb pub which is a bloomin lovely, cosy place. It was extra Christmassy at the time, what with fairy lights, a (fab) band getting people to sing along to songs and the smell of mulled (wine? Mulled something anyway) drifting about. Ooo it warmed my cockles!

I was a little nervous setting up, what with everyone else seeming to know each other and all the locals chilling out in the pub greeting each other like long lost friends- it all made me feel a bit like some damn outsider taking up a whole table of precious cosy room in the small pub! But actually everyone was super-welcoming and lovely!

It was great chatting and seeing some of the neat crafty stuff people are making. Thanks to everyone who came along and said hello- apologies if I sounded a bit gravelly towards the end of the evening, I was starting to lose my voice!

lamb1I always enjoy talking to people at fairs but also find it incredibly tiring! It’s partly that I’m one of those irritating introverted types, and spend a lot of time on the tube so tend to instinctively freeze in horror if someone starts talking to me! But I suppose I’m also just a bit out of practice at talking about my work.

I don’t want to come out with naff cliché answers to questions but I’m also aware that people might not want to stand around listening to a slightly confused ramble about the different things that influence me or how I work! They’re fun questions to answer though. I guess that’s a subject for another blog post.

One more thing to add: I loved that big solid hunk of a wooden table I had at the fair. I loved it so much- look at that grain, I mean, come off it. *Furniture swoon*

Feeling weird like a wobbly werewolf!

Ah the exhibition is finished now. What fun it was! Thanks to the people who bought prints- hope they are all behaving themselves on your walls!

I’m feeling a bit coldy and wobbly today and what with the storm outside, I thought I’d sit down and write a little post about this wobbly werewolf illustration. He’s one of my favs I think.

Werewolf illustration by Lara Crow Scruffy doodle by Lara CrowHe started out life as most of my work does, as a little scruffy doodle on some scrap paper. Here it is, with some trees which I ended up changing in the final version. Ha- green biro for the win!

It’s not very impressive sounding but I often end up doodling stuff in green biro, for some reason I find it takes the pressure off compared to black. I’m all like, pah, doesn’t matter if this turns out rubbish, it’s just a stupid green scribble. The green is somehow more forgiving and I suppose on some level I hope it makes me think about things more organically. Or possibly I just happen to have that pen lying around a lot.

I wanted this guy to look alarmed. I was pondering werewolves (apparently I do this quite a bit) and how a lot of artwork tends to show people turning into one, rather than one turning back into a person. I was thinking about the moment when the wolf starts to turn back to a human and suddenly knows he’s a monster and looks in horror at his own hands, realising the terrible things he’s done. But that’s a bit heavy, so I gave him some scruffy jorts as well because they make me laugh. I was tempted to make them purple like the hulk, but no, that’s probably a bit much.

Originally I doodled him in a wood, but the more I worked on this, the more I felt it needed to be more open and lonesome, so the cliff appeared, with the jagged forest below. For some reason this is how I imagine the landscape around the castle in Dracula (which I re-read the other week) only probably without the jorts. Haha, jorts.

So yeah, that’s a little bit more info on one of my favourite recent pieces of work: the werewolf. He is available as a print if you like. Or as a rather fetching mirror. I’m sure I’ll do another werewolf illustration sometime soon, they are just too enjoyable!

Exhibition is up!

Smaller-framesPhew! Sunday was a busy day of framing, kerfuffle, pondering heights, wrestling with string and losing the scissors (where are they now? WHERE ARE… oh wait here they are), but the exhibition is finally up!

It will be running from today until 4th August in The Press Room cafe in Surbiton. Seller of lovely cakes and tea (and I believe rather nice coffee too- alas if only I could drink it). A couple of minutes from the station, which is just 20 minutes from Waterloo.*

The Press Room staff were all rather lovely and understanding about me bumbling around, trailing bits of bubble wrap, tape and string and generally getting in their way while they were trying to clear up- thanks guys!

Working

Here’s a picture of me wrangling the pictures up onto the hooks. Yeah that’s a whale cardigan. I am very fashionable.

It’s been a lot of work but great fun. I’m pretty happy with this group of beasties and I hope you get a chance to come meet them!

The framed prints are all available for sale in the Cafe, or unframed through my website shop. Ooo colourful monsters to brighten up your wall!

Give me a shout on Twitter (or email!) if you do pop by, I’d love to hear what you think of the exhibition or if you have any questions about my work. Ok so here’s one more photo from the shop- couldn’t resist putting up one of the lonesome monster, my poster boy!

row

* 20 minutes! Dang, that’s really no time at all, you should totally pop over, maybe get some cake, it’d be ace.

Getting ready!

Newt illustration by Lara CrowDespite a head cold that’s doing its best to ruin my week, I’ve been busy getting ready for my first solo exhibition: Beastly encounters! Here’s a sneak peek of one of the little blighters now.

It’s at The Press Room in Surbiton, a little place where they sell excellent tea and cake and is therefore in some sense my spiritual home. Starts on the 14th July. Oh crumbs that’s quite soon…

Now I just need to send some files off to the printers, work out which beasties will play nicely together and wrestle them into their frames… eek! Stay tuned for more updates.

Illustrators Fair

PrepSo it’s been a little quiet around here recently…
Where have I been you ask? Busy watching Indy films? Well… yes, but that’s beside the point. Last Sunday I was taking part in the Illustrators Fair at the House of Illustration! Ooph, I’ve been super busy and this is the first chance I’ve had to post about it!

With only two weeks to sort stuff, things got a little manic. There was a fair bit of rushing about and fun last minute games like oh wait, I don’t own a tablecloth! and where the hell have all my scissors been spirited away to? Steve got over-enthusiastic and ordered enough bubblewrap to post a small elephant.

Packing up my prints, papercuts and cards into a little wheely suitcase was an interesting bit of Tetris. Ouch, how did I lug all that to Kings Cross on the tube?

stall

My super-talented friend Jennie and I shared a stall, which was great fun (if a little nerve wracking, it’s the first time I’ve done this sort of thing). Ah look at that lovely stall and its giant disapproving moon.

The fair had a great atmosphere- so many people showing interesting work and generally enthusing about illustration! It was good fun sitting at our stall, chatting to people and soaking up the cheerful vibes. The organisers did a great job making the place welcoming and easygoing!

There were also various talks and workshops throughout the day which I am kicking myself a little for missing- dah, next time I’ll have to be more organised!

I sold a few prints and cards which was a happy bonus. I’ll be adding the rest to a store which will be coming to the site SOOON. So come back and have a look!

Things I learnt:

  • Wear comfy shoes. I love my trainers so
  • Bring tea. More tea. All the tea… why is there no more tea?
  • People like to chat, so say hello! I’m not the most effortlessly extroverted type, but I really enjoyed seeing people respond to my work and chatting to them about their own stuff

Things I did not learn:

  • How to wrap small round mirrors neatly
  • To put the key to the cashbox somewhere sensible
  • How to sit on a tiny stool without looking like a strange gnome

Maggie approved of the free postcards (thanks Marcus!) with pictures of her on them.

mags

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

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!