Lauren Downing

I got a BA in philosophy from the University of Cambridge but I what I’ve always really wanted to do is draw and tell stories. One thing led to another, and I graduated from the MA in Children’s Book Illustration in 2018!

My work is driven by characters and my love for exploring real human stories and relationships. I love to work in a limited palette, mixing traditional and digital processes. From non-fiction to activity books, I think there are always engaging, fun and relatable stories to tell, and I hope to imbue my illustrations with warmth, silliness and love.

Things I love:

  • observational drawing
  • people-watching
  • doodling characters cuddling
  • silliness

Things that get me excited:

  • printmaking
  • graphic novels
  • beautifully illustrated non-fiction
  • woolly jumpers