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Lauren Mortimer

Lauren Mortimer's Photo - International Pencil Illustrator specializing in Realism & Vintage Illustrations. London

London artist Lauren Mortimer uses her outstanding skills with the mechanical pencil to create incredibly realistic illustrations, but with a deft conceptual twist turns them into something softly surreal. The result is a highly individual style, which helps her clients’ projects stand out from the rest with their own unique atmosphere.
Lauren feels inspired and content when she’s sitting in a park, looking at birds through a pair of binoculars, listening to folk music or sketching. However, she enjoys the vibrancy of city life, and is influenced by the Surrealist movement and by the artist Marcel Dzama. Lauren studied Fashion Communication with Promotion at Central Saint Martins, but decided illustration would be her career. Recent highlights include her illustrated series of cocktail recipe books with Running Press.

Approach

Lauren draws on cotton paper using a variety of 0.3 mechanical pencils. However, she also has a Wacom Cintiq tablet, which gives her an alternative way of sketching and working out her compositions. When she’s happy with something, she’ll print it out, trace it and rework it in pencil

Style

The pencil is dominant in Lauren’s work, and with her incredible shading skills little or no colour is needed. Her style often maintains a gentle warmth, despite that touch of the surreal. A brain-shaped soft ice cream, with a Flake, anyone?

Client list

Lauren’s clients include Penguin, Nike, the BBC, Nespresso, Running Press, Le Monde, Vanity Fair, Scholastic, Sony, the BBC and more.
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Woman portrait
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Illustration to accompany an article on mattress testing
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Odin New York Perfume
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Pencil sketch of old man
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Operation Nemesis cover art by Lauren Mortimer
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Pencil drawing of Butterfly bullet
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Least wanted black and white drawing
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Most wanted illustration
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Popcorn illustration
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First World War, street scene, bus, crowd, couple, retro, 1920's
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surreal brain bunny
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An illustration Of Oliver Johnson
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Fashion illustration of beautiful lady with accessories
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Dog carrying wtaer mug
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Banana dynamite art
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Leaf drawing with paper
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sketch of dropped melting ice cream
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surreal cake drawing
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Photo realistic of Gumball Machine
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Deer illustration
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Fashion sketch of beautiful lady
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Illustration for Coca-Cola
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Balloon dog art usb stick
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Chanel No.5 perfume bottle - Beauty illustration
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Aries editorial horoscope illustration
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Body Oils : Beauty illustration
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The Ritz Building in Paris
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Realistic painting of nutcracker toy soldiers
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Ring pencil art
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People dancing in party
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Pencil art of mechanical toad
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Realist painting  of Jackalope
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Snacks - Cup of tea and cake
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Gelas Bas-Armagnac
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Birds flying in queue
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Flower crown drawing
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Aesop Tin Product Illustration For Stylist Magazine
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Butterfly Beetle - Realist painting
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fish and squid sketch
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Illustration For Millionaire Farmer Silhouette
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Pineapple - Pencil drawing by Lauren Mortimer
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An illustration Of Pisces Horoscope Headed
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Leopard walking in the snow
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Boxing Hares - Realistic painting
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Bus and airplane drawing
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Pencil Drawing Of Leo Horoscope
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Halloween skull pencil art
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Silhouette of boy with scooter, trainers, helmet hat and watch
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Very much enjoyed my co-lab work with Lauren for Nike. Her skill set, eye for detail and urgency to hit tight deadlines, were much appreciated by the team.
Brandon Walsh - Senior Designer, Nike
Lauren was awesome to work with! – has a very friendly and welcoming attitude which is key to effective communication. Very collaborative and always open to refinements to ensure that we are getting the best result. She is great with time management and proactive in making sure that all the deliverables are met by the due dates. Looking forward to working with her again!
Gary Chung – Senior Creative, clarkmcdowall NYC
Lauren is the consummate professional. Completely understood the brief and was happy to change things around at late notice. Very pleased with the end result. Will use again.
Rob TImm - Art Director, Gulf Life, Jazeera Magazine
I¹m thrilled to have connected with Lauren and been able to work with her on such a tight timeline. Her illustration style is lovely and polished. She did an excellent job at interpreting the assignment. I enjoyed working with her, and look forward to when I am able to again!
Jennifer Moody - Art Director, Rotary International
The artist Nam June Paik used to say "When too perfect, lieber Gott böse" (When too perfect, god angry) - I am deeply sorry but I am afraid god might be a little bit angry with Lauren ... She did an sublime job creating the new Logo for my company. Precise, creative, smart, speedy, technically polished and all of this combined with patience and an amiable tone. It really was a great pleasure working with her. I love the result.
Petra Wenzel, Projects GmbH/The Golden Rabbit
It was a pleasure to work with Lauren on the BBC Good Food for Little Printer project. Communication was excellent and the illustrations were delivered ahead of schedule. Very professional
Mariana Bettio - Digital Content Producer, BBC
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Lauren Mortimer for the January issue of Seattle Met magazine. She took direction well and her execution was flawless. Though I had given her a longer deadline, she turned in everything early and exactly as requested. I would absolutely hire her again and even commission her for personal projects.
Sara D'Eugenio - Associate Art Director, Seattle Met