Laura Shallcrass

Laura Shallcrass - Designer

Queenstown, New Zealand

I am an award winning illustrator and author specialising in detail focused artworks with multiple visual narratives.

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Overview

I create predominantly work in digital media with extensive experience in children's publishing and commercial illustration.

My visual storytelling uses a quiet poetry which leaves the reader to discern their own meanings based on their unique perspectives, with multiple visual narratives and hidden details a signature of my work.

My passion is to create artworks which celebrate natures beauty, with the aim of emphasising our duty as caretakers of the natural world. Thematically my personal work has recently focused on mental health, preservation of the environment and female power.

Awards

NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - Winner 2021 - Russell Clark Award for Illustration (Hare & Ruru)

NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - Finalist 2021 - Picture Book Award (Hare & Ruru)

NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - Finalist 2021 - Best First Book Award (Hare & Ruru)

NZ Booklovers Awards 2021 - Highly Commended (Hare & Ruru)

Publishers Association of NZ Book Design Awards - Finalist 2021 (Hare & Ruru)

Red Book Art Prize, 2013


Reviews for What Colour is the Sky

NZ Booklovers

Magpies Magazine

What Book Next

Newsroom

Bob’s Books


Reviews for Hāre & Ruru

NZCYA Awards

NZ Booklovers

RNZ

Mindfood

The Sapling


Publications

Manual - Winter Issue, 2009

Remix - Issue #77, 2013

The Red Book, 2013

Your Home & Garden - June, 2014

Stolen - Volume 2, 2014

Homestyle - Apr/May, 2016

Your Home and Garden March 2021

Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Classics
Contemporary Fiction
Fantasy
Literary Fiction
Middle Grade Fantasy
New Adult
Picture Books

Certifications

  • BDes (Illustration)

Awards

  • NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - Winner 2021 - Russell Clark Award for Illustration (Hāre & Ruru) NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - Finalist 2021 - Picture Book Award (Hāre & Ruru) NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - Finalist 2021 - Best First Book Award (Hāre & Ruru) NZ Booklovers Awards 2021 - Highly Commended (Hāre & Ruru) Publishers Association of NZ Book Design Awards - Finalist 2021 (Hāre & Ruru) Red Book Art Prize, 2013

Work experience

Creative Director

Self-employed
April, 2016 – Present (over 6 years)

For the last 6 years I have worked with clients from all over the world to create stand out illustrations for publishing, packaging and web.

Portfolio (2 selected works)

Hare & Ruru: A Quiet Moment

Shallcrass, Laura, Shallcrass, Laura

Laura has 2 reviews

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Ingrid Clayton
I loved working with Laura. She is so talented, communicative, prompt, takes feedback well and she created a perfect cover for my book. If you are drawn to her style, don't hesitate to hire her. I highly recommend her for cover design.

Ingrid Clayton, August 2022


Sarah Wilson
Laura's artwork is stunning. She took a few random seeds of my ideas and used them to create a unique, gorgeous, eye-catching cover for my book. I would gladly work with her again. Most highly recommended!

Sarah Wilson, July 2022

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