Introducing Lauren Hall

October 2021

We are over the moon to add illustrator Lauren Hall to the Brilliant Artists roster. Her fun filled illustrations are bursting with cheerful characters, bold colour combinations and everyday moments of joy.

Get to know the the artist behind the bold illustrations in our Q&A.

Lauren Hall portrait

1. Do you listen to music while you draw/paint/illustrate? And if so who or what gets the most plays in your studio?

I pretty much always have BBC Radio 6 Music on. There’s often new artists and bands I’ll find out about because of it and it’s nice to hear the chat in between.

2. Which other illustrators or artists do you most admire and why?

I find those who are skilled in social commentary, but do it in a really clever, funny or beautiful way really inspiring. The likes of Martin Parr and Beryl Cook, with one single image you get bags of character and personality, and you get a real feel of who the subjects in the work are or what it’s about. I’m also drawn to joyous simplicity with a distinctive quality like the work of Dick Bruna.

3. What is the best thing about being an illustrator? And the worst?

The freedom – it’s such an expressive form of visual language, it’s so diverse and with infinite inspiration. I don’t think there’s a worst but sometimes I stay up a bit later than I should drawing.

4. How do you overcome a creative block?

I’ll take a walk and chat about the project, it’s great to get fresh perspective to whatever I’m working on and bounce ideas around.

5. What are 3 of your favourite films? Which one would you illustrate the poster for?

I’m terrible at remembering films but ones that stick in my mind and have memorable visuals for illustrating are The Matrix, Whiplash and Uncut Gems. I already illustrated a poster for Uncut Gems so clearly I’m a big fan.

Lauren Hall illustration. Summer Eats

6. If you could illustrate the book cover for one book which would it be?

Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck is absolutely beautiful, it’d be him and his furry friend.

7. Dream studio location and set up?

Somewhere close by so it’s short cycle from home. Big open windows, lots of plants, an outside space for lunch and unlimited biscuits.

8. Best trip you have ever been on?

I did a cycling holiday around the Netherlands a couple years back and that was really lovely.

I find it amazing that in Holland you can cycle from cities and towns so easily without really breaking a sweat. We managed to go from the Hook of Holland to Rotterdam to Delft to Gouda to The Hague.

9. What do you have to have in place before you start work?

Always a cup of tea and if I’m feeling organised a to-do-list.

10. If you could have any artwork in your home what would it be?

Maybe Wolfgang Tillmans – ‘End of Land I’ in the entry, 

David Hockney ‘A bigger splash’ in the bathroom,

and a Matisse landscape in the living room.

Lauren Hall illustration. In Circles

Check out Lauren Hall’s full portfolio here.

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