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    Laura's Sketchbook - I want art to be my day job!

    A quick introduction:

    My name is Laura, I've been seriously pursuing the study and practice of illustration for about two years.

    I was intending to go to art school straight out of high school, but life intervened and instead I got a liberal arts degree in French and put down the pencil for a total of six years. I decided to resume making art after realizing how SANE and HAPPY it made me feel, as opposed to being a cog in a 9-5 corporate machine.

    Subsequently I got a certificate in Natural Science Illustration from the University of Washington in Seattle. I was also selected as a Bartels Science Illustration Intern for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY (i.e. drawing birds n' stuff), and this summer I went to New York, NY to participate in the School of Visual Arts' summer residency program in Illustration and Visual Storytelling.

    Ultimate goal: SVA's MFA in Illustration program. But that's a ways off...

    Anyway! Here is some of my art. I'll keep posting older pieces as well as newer ones. Please, please, PLEASE constructively critique to your heart's content!

    For this post I've attached three pieces I did this past spring for a group show in Seattle called "The Birds", curated by Bherd Studios, at the Twilight Artist Collective.

    Grotesques: Marabou Stork/Cassowary/Dodo


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    Awesome artwork! It's so good to find another watercolour user here on CA Your paintings and illustrations are stunning. Lookin' forward to seeing your sketchbook build up!

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    Wow, These are fantastic! LOVE the texture you created with the bird feathers, and the color piece is beautiful. I'll enjoy seeing more of your work.

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    whoa, very nice! i've saved your thread for my daily fix.

    im interested in attending UW for their 'drawing/painting' bfa program, have you heard anything about them? would you recommend it?

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    These are lovely. Great start to your sketchbook. I am looking forward to seeing more of these.
    As the ego shrinks, so the spirit expands.

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    New Work - "Ego"

    Sorry for the absence! Here is my latest piece, finished in the midst of preparing to move to San Francisco

    "Ego" - Graphite Pencil/Digital

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    New Work "Ego"

    Sorry for the absence! This is my latest work, finished in the midst of preparing to move to San Francisco

    "Ego" - Graphite Pencil/Digital

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    New Work - "Ego"

    Sorry for the absence! This is my latest finished work, finished in the midst of packing for a move to San Francisco

    "Ego" - Graphite Pencil/Digital

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    Work Update - "Ego"

    Sorry for the absence! Here's my latest work, finished in the midst of preparing to move to San Francisco

    "Ego" - Graphite Pencil

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    Sorry for the absence! For some reason I've been having trouble posting a reply to this thread.

    Anyway, here is my latest piece, finished in the midst of preparing to move to San Francisco!

    "Ego" - Graphite Pencil

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    Ok. This is absolutely badass.

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