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Laura Barrett

Laura Barrett - Designer

London, United Kingdom

London based freelance illustrator and designer with 9 years experience, specialising in fairy tales and silhouette

Overview

I'm an illustrator from South East London, specialising in creating intricate and decorative narrative based silhouette illustrations from my home studio.

Since graduating from University of the Arts London in 2007 I've been working with a variety of international clients, including Taschen, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Templar and Hachette.

With an emphasis on storytelling and an attention to detail, my illustrations are inspired by the darker side of folk and fairy tales, as well as traditional Scherenschnitte (paper cutting). I like to explore these themes using silhouettes, created by drawing with a graphics tablet straight in to Adobe Illustrator. I love to work in striking black and white, though I'm just as comfortable using colour when a project calls for it.

Services
Fiction
Anthologies Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Classics Historical Fiction Horror Literature

Certifications

  • BA(Hons) Graphic Design

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator

Laura Barrett Illustration

June, 2007 – Present (over 9 years)

Portfolio (7 selected works)

The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm

This is a compendium of the Brothers Grimm's most beloved fairy tales, newly translated and accompanied by an array of vintage illustrations. The book brings together twenty-seven of the most beloved of the famous Grimms' fairy tales, including all the classics, such as Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Hansel and Gretel in an all-new translation specially commissioned for this publ... read more

This is a compendium of the Brothers Grimm's most beloved fairy tales, newly translated and accompanied by an array of vintage illustrations. The book brings together twenty-seven of the most beloved of the famous Grimms' fairy tales, including all the classics, such as Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Hansel and Gretel in an all-new translation specially commissioned for this publ... read more

The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen

This beautiful cloth-bound book brings together the most famous Hans Christian Andersen tales (some of them gratifyingly thought-provoking) with illustrations by famous artists from across the globe. It features the esteemed, and very accessible, translation by Jean Hersholt with dozens of new silhouettes specially commissioned for the book.

This beautiful cloth-bound book brings together the most famous Hans Christian Andersen tales (some of them gratifyingly thought-provoking) with illustrations by famous artists from across the globe. It features the esteemed, and very accessible, translation by Jean Hersholt with dozens of new silhouettes specially commissioned for the book.

Bhagavad Gita, The (2013 edition): A Verse Translation

Geoffrey Parrinder

The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most widely read Hindu scriptures in the Western world. Taking the form of a dialogue between the warrior Arjuna and the divine Krishna on the eve of battle, it is concerned with the most profound aspects of social and religious duty, and the relationship of human beings to God. In its eighteen short chapters it explores the spiritual struggle of the human soul ... read more

The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most widely read Hindu scriptures in the Western world. Taking the form of a dialogue between the warrior Arjuna and the divine Krishna on the eve of battle, it is concerned with the most profound aspects of social and religious duty, and the relationship of human beings to God. In its eighteen short chapters it explores the spiritual struggle of the human soul ... read more

WikkedWillisSaga: The Nine Lives of Wicked William

John Lorne Campbell

WikkedWillisSaga is based on the fictive life of a real cat that was born in the shop at Lochboisdale Pier. He found a home with a nearby crofter, Mairi Anndra, who shared her house with American folklorist and song collector Margaret Fay Shaw. When Margaret moved to Barra to marry John Lorne Campbell, Mairi insisted she take with her this remarkable cat. Willi stayed with her when the couple ... read more

WikkedWillisSaga is based on the fictive life of a real cat that was born in the shop at Lochboisdale Pier. He found a home with a nearby crofter, Mairi Anndra, who shared her house with American folklorist and song collector Margaret Fay Shaw. When Margaret moved to Barra to marry John Lorne Campbell, Mairi insisted she take with her this remarkable cat. Willi stayed with her when the couple ... read more

The Forest

Hannah Hutchins

In a forest as deep and dark as the inside of your pocket......a strange and malevolent creature lives. Spreading fear and disorder, The Meddler terrorizes the forest's inhabitants - the noble woodcutter, a beautiful queen and a pack of howling wolves - but will he get his comeuppance?This miniature Gothic fairy tale is the work of author Hannah Hutchins and evocatively illustrated by Laura Ba... read more

In a forest as deep and dark as the inside of your pocket......a strange and malevolent creature lives. Spreading fear and disorder, The Meddler terrorizes the forest's inhabitants - the noble woodcutter, a beautiful queen and a pack of howling wolves - but will he get his comeuppance?This miniature Gothic fairy tale is the work of author Hannah Hutchins and evocatively illustrated by Laura Ba... read more

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