Laura Callaghan is a London-based illustrator. Her images caught my eye with the expressive use of patterns and color. She incorporates fashion and surface design influences in her work. Her characters are strong, sophisticated women, who love literature. I was intrigued by her process and researched more information about it. Below are excerpts from various interviews.
First, Laura approaches a brief or editorial comission by researching and collating reference images. She uses Pinterest to create her mood boards.
I found this quote particularly relevant to my own practice where I rarely sketch or plan complete compositions. Usually, I draw various elements on paper separately and then I assemble them in Adobe Illustrator using a trial and error method and intuitive placement.
Laura creates an authentic feel to her images by imagining a backstory.
On the question, why she draws only women, she replies:
Callaghan keeps an active online presence and she often is contacted by art directors, who first noted her work online.