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A place for my illustration work. Collages and patterns, personal and commissioned. Expect lots of colour. If you want to work with me, click ‘hire me’ in the navigation above.

collage sketchbook pages

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collage sketchbook pages 1-4 by laura redburn

you might have seen on my instagram recently that i started a small a6 moleskine collage sketchbook.

personally, i’ve always preferred loose pages over a sketchbook, but wanted to challenge myself a bit this year with various things. i figured something small such as this, with a limited amount of pages might get me back into some sort of routine. seeing these collages all together in a easy to look through format definitely has its charm!

before this i had started other sketchbooks but ultimately gave up as it just felt like too much pressure, but in no time i’ve easily filled up half of this, and can see that i’ll get to the end pretty soon too. i even want to start another, so that can only be a good thing, right? i must say, it’s nice making small quick collages with no real motive – just whatever comes to mind.

what do you think of my collages so far? do you prefer loose pages or a sketchbook? do you use these as a place to develop new work, or just get ideas ‘out’?

gif of sketchbook collages by laura redburn

collage sketchbook pages 5-8 by laura redburn

collage sketchbook pages 9-12 by laura redburn

collage sketchbook pages 13-15 by laura redburn

carex for tigerlillyquinn | new collage

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carex collage by laura redburn

i thought i’d quickly share this collage and gif i made for fritha of tigerlillyquinn. she was doing an instagram post for carex and wanted me to make a quick illustration for her. it seemed to lend itself very well towards being animated too, so i made a super simple gif. ones like this (literally a few frames) are so fun to make – i really should do more!

i particularly enjoyed making this because i used all of my favourite colours – mint, yellow and pink. they always look so good together and i think they suit this image very well.

if you’d like to commission a simple animated gif, pattern or collage from me, for personal use, your blog, licensing or for a publication (or anything else), you can contact me via email.

carex animated gif by laura redburn

bulletin magazine cover | new collage

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bulletin magazine collage by laura redburn

it’s always good to see your work (and name) in print, but especially when it’s on the cover of something, so exciting! i was commissioned late last year to do a cover for ‘bulletin’, the magazine for the royal college of speech and language therapists.

as i’ve never done a cover before (well, one time years ago i entered and won a competition for a local magazine for a front cover design, but that wasn’t paid) it was naturally quite daunting initially. once i’d gotten over that, and gotten on with it, it was pretty much like making any other piece of work. like most creatives i know, i still have that natural fear of failure – but most times that actually spurs me on to make my work better. sometimes you need that push!

i did three rough designs, of which this was the third and chosen one. it was actually the one i like the best too, which is always nice! what do you think of it?

if you’d like to commission a pattern or collage from me, for personal use, licensing or for a publication (or anything else), you can contact me via email.

bulletin magazine cover collage by laura redburn

illustration by laura redburn

close up of bulletin magazine collage illustration