Louise Elder

Louise Elder

Illustrator and Visual DeveloperUnited Kingdom
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Louise Elder

Louise Elder

Illustrator and Visual DeveloperUnited Kingdom
About me
I am a passionate, Scottish illustrator that strives to convey narrative and character performance, in both picture books, and singular images. My thirst to develop my technique has taken me across the globe, including Canada and Spain, where I have discovered a love for working traditionally with gouache paint. I pull influence from animation, literature, observing strangers from life and the wonderful art of Mary Blair. I aspire to transition into the visual development industry within animation whilst continuing to illustrate picture books. I enjoy creating graceful and curiously, quirky environments that radiate a sense of warmth and escapism for viewers. Contact me at louisemhairi.elder@gmail.com
Projects
  • House of Illustration: Love Poems
    House of Illustration: Love PoemsEach poem demonstrates a variety of colour exploration, determined by the tone and emotion described in each poem. These are all tied together by style and use of a nature theme.
  • Baby Milestone Cards
    Baby Milestone CardsDesigned to document a baby’s first adventure similarly to a bucket list. When in use, the parent would place the suitable card next to their child for a photo opportunity. These cards also act as prompts for parents to take their children on numerous adventures they perhaps wouldn’t have considered. This card pack is the first of several to come, including ’Things I’ll Want to do Before I Turn 2’ and ’Things I want to See Before I Turn Three’
  • Alphabet Project
    Alphabet ProjectA letter design project that gave me the flexibility to push character design within animals and mythical creatures.
  • A Christmas Collection
    A Christmas CollectionA collection of gift cards, gift bags, wrapping paper and stationery for a brief with UK Greetings. I chose to portray my personal ideal Christmas, filled with warm fires, gingerbread building and romantic encounters. Each painting displays a red bow, a symbol of my own christmases, to figuratively wrap the project together.
  • Baby Paintings
    Baby PaintingsA personal project that provides examples for possible commission work
  • 'Good Night Mister Tom' Book Cover
    'Good Night Mister Tom' Book CoverA book cover project designed for the Penguin competition. 'Goodnight Mister Tom' is a novel that includes two contrasting locations, London and the countryside. I wanted to capture this element in my design, keeping my palette cool and tranquil in the countryside, yet fierce in the sky to signify the looming war.
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Projects credited in
  • Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, BDes (Hons) Illustration
    Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, BDes (Hons) IllustrationTo be an illustrator is to be a problem solver, taking an idea from a client and turning it into something visual that can communicate in a visual world. From the outset, our students experience different aspects of an illustration practitioner’s daily life, working to tight deadlines and to industry briefs as they discover their own way of generating creative solutions to make hardworking pictures. The illustration course at Duncan of Jordanstone exemplifies how students can shape their pract
Education
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    Bachelor of Arts (BA) Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
    Dundee, United Kingdom