Laura Carlin

Original picture book artwork and ceramics by Laura Carlin are available for purchase from Children’s Book Illustration.

Congratulations to Laura Carlin for winning the world’s biggest children’s books illustration award, the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB) 2015. See here for further info.

Find out more about The Promise and hear Laura talk about illustrating the book on website

Laura lives and works in London. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art where she received a Masters and won several awards including the Sheila Robinson Drawing Prize, the Quentin Blake Award two years running, and the 2004 National Magazine Award. She also received the Uniqlo Fashion Illustration Award, which enabled her to travel to Shanghai and Tokyo. The drawings from her Tokyo trip were published in a book entitled Ten Days in Tokyo.

Laura has illustrated many children’s books for Walker Books Ltd, including The Iron Man by Ted Hughes which won the V&A Book Illustration Award and an honourable mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Award. For The Folio Society Laura has illustrated four collections of Anton Chekov stories and Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain Fournier. Her first book as an author, A World of Your Own, was published by Phaidon in 2014 and her first picture book, The Promise, has just been published by Walker Books Ltd and is a winner of the New York Times Best Illustrated Books Awards for 2014.

She illustrates a weekly column in the Financial Times as well as being a regular contributor to Condé Nast Traveller, Vogue, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph, The Independent and The New Statesman. She has worked on advertising campaigns for American Express and British Airways as well as creating the identity for The Dorchester’s Coworth Park Hotel.

In addition to her commercial work, Laura teaches part time in a number of Universities and collaborated with Quentin Blake in the development of The House of Illustration, the world’s first illustration gallery based in the new King’s Place area in central London. Somehow Laura also manages to work as a ceramist and sells her work through several galleries including this one.

Laura has been voted, by the Art Director’s Club of America, an ADC Young Gun, one of the 50 most influential creatives under 30 years of age.

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