Laura Watson

Laura Watson - Designer

Toronto, ON, Canada

Lighthearted but hard-working illustrator specializing in whimsical and heartfelt kids' books – I love to bring a story to life!

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Overview

I'm a children's book illustrator and I love creating fun, fresh whimsical worlds, and spunky and relatable characters to live in them. After studying fine art at York University and illustration at Sheridan College, I began freelancing for educational publishers like Scholastic, Pearson and Quarto, for popular kids' magazines like Humpty Dumpty, Chirp, Girls' World and Highlights, and over the past few years was happy to create trade titles for Chronicle Books, Capstone, Orca Books and Kids Can Press.

In addition, I've been honoured to be chosen to work with a few brand new authors on book projects that had been close to their hearts for many years, and to help them bring life and colour to the characters they had imagined. In some cases these have been treasured stories the authors had told their children over the years. I've always been excited and humbled by having the chance to give visual life to a long held imaginary spark, and truly love the experience of working with an author to create a book from scratch. From the first conversation determining the author's vision and hopes for the book, through initial concept sketches, and on to final full-colour art and the completed project, I work hard to make the process fun and easy for the author, while keeping the project on time and on track.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books

Work experience

Illustrator

Self-employed
September, 2000 – Present (about 20 years)

I've been freelancing as an illustrator for children's books, magazines, products and promotions, and for advertising and marketing components like menus, packaging, greeting cards, puzzles, etc., since 2000. Always looking for fun new opportunities!

Portfolio (6 selected works)

So Many Babies

Lorna Crozier

Where can you find animal babies? Why, nearly everywhere! Perfect for babies and toddlers, this adorable board book features a wide variety of baby animals and explores all of the places they live, from bays to burrows and beyond. With colorful, easy-to-turn pages, this book is an essential addition to any little one’s library. Upbeat, rhyming text from award-winning poet Lorna Crozier creates... read more

Where can you find animal babies? Why, nearly everywhere! Perfect for babies and toddlers, this adorable board book features a wide variety of baby animals and explores all of the places they live, from bays to burrows and beyond. With colorful, easy-to-turn pages, this book is an essential addition to any little one’s library. Upbeat, rhyming text from award-winning poet Lorna Crozier creates... read more

Raindrops Fall All Around (Nonfiction Picture Books: Springtime Weather Wonders)

Charles Ghigna

April showers bring May flowers! Lyrical, rhyming text takes young readers on a journey with furry and feathery friends to experience springtime rain.

April showers bring May flowers! Lyrical, rhyming text takes young readers on a journey with furry and feathery friends to experience springtime rain.

Hail to Spring! (Springtime Weather Wonders)

Charles Ghigna

Springtime weather can bring big storms. Lyrical, rhyming text takes young readers on a journey with furry and feathery friends to experience springtime hail.

Springtime weather can bring big storms. Lyrical, rhyming text takes young readers on a journey with furry and feathery friends to experience springtime hail.

A Windy Day in Spring (Nonfiction Picture Books: Springtime Weather Wonders)

Charles Ghigna

Feel that springtime breeze? Lyrical, rhyming text takes young readers on a journey with adorable animals frolicking in the springtime wind.

Feel that springtime breeze? Lyrical, rhyming text takes young readers on a journey with adorable animals frolicking in the springtime wind.

Jesus Wants All of Me: Based on the Classic Devotional My Utmost for His Highest

Phil A. Smouse, Oswald Chambers

Kids love to play follow the leader—and in this delightful book, Phil Smouse encourages them to do just that: follow Jesus and give Him their all. This updated edition of Jesus Wants All of Me—a kid-friendly version of the classic devotional My Utmost for His Highest—introduces kids to Jesus and helps them see how much He loves them. They’ll enjoy short daily readings, colorful illustrations, ... read more

Kids love to play follow the leader—and in this delightful book, Phil Smouse encourages them to do just that: follow Jesus and give Him their all. This updated edition of Jesus Wants All of Me—a kid-friendly version of the classic devotional My Utmost for His Highest—introduces kids to Jesus and helps them see how much He loves them. They’ll enjoy short daily readings, colorful illustrations, ... read more

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Communication & Punctuality

brian Sullivan
Laura has been an absolute pleasure to work with. She is a great communicator, very responsive, and open to suggestions. She worked very hard with me to create the title character for my book, and then brought the whole project to life with her creativity. At times, when I could not make up my mind about one detail or another, I was comfortable leaving it up to her judgment. I felt from the beg...
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brian Sullivan, July 2020

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