Lauren J Downing

Hi, my name is Lauren. I graduated with a BA in philosophy in 2016, but my real passion has always been drawing and telling stories. It was this passion that led me to studying the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art.

I love to tell character-driven narratives centred around the everyday, and am always having the most fun when I’m ‘playing’ with my characters in the sketchbook! I am excited by the ways in which I can capture familiar (and sometimes amusing!) moments in different formats, including wimmel books, comics and picturebooks, and maybe one day the exciting world of non-fiction.

I love to use a limited colour palette, sometimes utilising printmaking techniques to combine and overlay brighter colours. I also love observational drawing, and often find interactions and characters from the real world crop up in my work.