Children’s Book Illustrations In the beginning of 2016 I dabbled with children’s illustrations. I was pregnant and wanted to see if that was a route I wanted to take with my art. Though it was fun experimenting with different styles, I definitely don’t see myself sticking with children’s illustrations. My dark heart can’t take that […]
About Lauren Crest
I am a freelance illustrator currently based in Utah. I am passionate about creating illustrations that possess and radiate with an aura and bewitchment of their own; bringing them to life and allowing them to exist more fully off the page. My work is inspired by small aspects of magic in fairy tales in daily life, by the emotions and desires that are masked and left unspoken, and from my massively unending consumption of books. My illustrations are created to make you feel, to pause from your average routine, and to consider a new, different way of thinking.
I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2 Dimensional Studies at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. When I’m not working on commissioned work I am juggling a variety of personal illustration and story projects. In the off chance I’m not working on art, I am usually found outside with my husband and cat either looking for bees, bones, or both.
Entries by Lauren Crest
What most people said: I was trolling the interwebs when I found this article today. It really hit home. Over the course of my pregnancy I was frequently told by friends, some family members, and other artists that I wouldn’t be able to do art anymore when my turtle baby was born. I’m fairly (okay, extremely) […]
Last week I posted about Getting Feedback on Your Art. While getting feedback is essential to artist growth, it isn’t always a possibility. This week I’m going to cover what you can do to improve your art if you know something is off but either don’t have the time or ability to reach out to get […]
As you may have seen a few weeks ago on my Instagram feed, my husband spotted an error in one of my pieces. Thankfully he caught it in time and I was able to fix it before it became a more difficult problem. This is one of the reasons that I LOVE frequent peer reviews and critiques. […]
This weekend I ended up creating 5 cards of various forms. 4 of them were hand made cards (you can see the cover of one here and its inside here) that centered around simple inked designs with watercolor accents. One was digitally designed and later printed. I hadn’t expected to work on any cards at all so doing […]
I’ve started working on warm-up sketches every day for the last little while. With these first few, I’ve been focusing on depicting various emotions as well as getting more practice in rendering faces accurately and quickly. These are the ones I’ve been working on as of late: Follow me on Instagram for regular sketch updates like […]
If you’ve read most of my blog posts you’ll notice a common trend. Quite often I like to reference either Will Terry Illustration and The Oatley Academy of Visual Storytelling as two sources that I follow that have been extremely helpful to my art. I’ve posted about and linked to their YouTube videos/podcasts and have specified how my work […]
I have always loved to read and have found that reading has a way of sparking my imagination and keeping artist block at bay. Because of this I’m almost always reading a few books at a time. The following books are my top favorite books of all time and hold a soft spot in my […]