british library logo main contact us site map
magic pencil logo
highlights visit events learning shop competition links
lauren child view other artists
  lauren child portrait  

Click on Photo to enlarge

Born 1967. Studied at Manchester Polytechnic and City and Guilds of London Art School.
She has won the Kate Greenaway Medal and her artwork was selected to promote 2002 World Book Day.

image from Clarice Bean, that's me

Click on picture to enlarge

Lauren Child, Clarice Bean, that's me, first published in Britain by Orchard Books 1999 © Lauren Child

Send an e-postcard to a friend


"I love the computer because it's so flexible, it keeps the whole thing fluid- and I can juggle things around until I'm happy with the look of it"

Lauren Child always loved to draw. She found art school a disappointment - "there was no sense of discovery or excitement about it" but eventually she found her way back to her original intention: to create books for children.

Lauren Child draws family life in the 21st century, taking bits and pieces from all over the place to create kaleidoscopic collages.

Magic Word: Computer
"I use a computer for a lot of the work. I use it more and more as I get better at it". More

Magic tricks of her trade
"I draw the figures in pencil. I just can't use pen and ink. Pencil is much less inhibiting and I can rub it out if it goes wrong. I scan the pencil drawing into the compter, clean up the line, and print it black on cartridge paper so I can continue to work on it with paints, collage or whatever. Then I cut out the figures and scan them into the computer again." More

Madeleine books by Ludwig Bemelmans
Quentin Blake
EH Shepard - famous for Winnie the Pooh
Carl Larssen - Swedish illustrator

Is Lauren Child your favourite artist in the exhibition?
Vote here

HighlightsVisitEventsLearningShopCompetitionLinksView Other ArtistsMAINCONTACT USSITE MAP