Lauren Henderson

Illustration BDes (Hons)

My main interest as an illustrator is to communicate scientific themes through medical and children’s illustration with the purpose of educating and visualising.

About

My work is inspired by my love of science, as both my personal projects revolve around scientific topics. My work ranges from using fun characters with smiley faces who guide children through space to more serious work, surrounding the topic of medical illustration and showing how the skull looks from some unusual angles. I enjoy using pencil and other traditional mediums but typically, I work digitally as I love the range of colours and textures that I can use to help create the ideas I imagine, and it also allows for a uniform look which was especially helpful with my book. I think my style can bend to fit any brief and I enjoy working in editorial as well as medical and children’s book illustration. 

Cora: A Friendship Journey

Digital illustration of the book front cover which reads "Cora: A Friendship Journey by Lauren Henderson" and shows a glowing blue comet with blue flames soaring through space past some stars.

Cora goes on a huge journey across the solar system from one end of the Kuiper Belt to the other, to be with her old friend, Pluto once again. Along the way making friends and learning about all the other planets and the sun.

Medical Illustration

Three pencil drawings of skulls. The left one is at a three quarter angle, missing the top of the skull so the inside is slightly visible, with a few teeth sitting out with the skull. The middle is from side on, with the mandible separated from the section below the eyesocket, also with teeth sitting out with the bone. The right is the skull from below, of the base of the skull, the mouth and eye sockets are visible, the mouth has half teeth and half no teeth.

3 fragmented skull illustrations done in pencil. To show the complexity of the skull and in appreciation of the undying art of medical illustration.

Penguin Books

Full cover digital drawing for "Murder Most Unladylike" which is on yellow lined paper, with a torch illuminating the page from the bottom right hand corner, there is a feather and earring with the series stamp on the front cover. The back has a school tie, a piece of string and a daisy and hazel taped to the page with masking tape. The cover reads "Murder Most Unladylike. There's been a rather shocking murder at Deepdean School for Girls... by Robin Stevens" The back of the cover reads "When Daisy Wells an

A redesigned cover of "Murder Most Unladylike" by Robin Stevens. It is a look into Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong's logbook as if they were looking at it at night, illuminated by their torch. There are some clues to the murder alongside their tie, a little daisy and a bit of hazel to represent the main characters. With a redesigned series logo made to look like a stamp.

Front cover digital drawing for "Murder Most Unladylike" which is on yellow lined paper, with a torch illuminating the page from the bottom right hand corner, there is a feather and earring with the series stamp on the front cover. The cover reads "Murder Most Unladylike. There's been a rather shocking murder at Deepdean School for Girls... by Robin Stevens"

Editorial

2 full page digital illustrations. On the left, a green brain on a slightly distorted circuit board with a black background. On the right, the sun God Aten who is a circle with long arms reaching down to touch the 3 pyramids with a gradient blue sky background.

Editorial illustrations based off of two Channel 4 documentaries. First, there is a full-page illustration for "The Cult of Conspiracy: QAnon" where I made a circuit board with a brain at the centre as a simple illustration of how the minds of QAnon members are connected almost. The second documentary was "Private Lives of the Pharaohs" so for this full-page illustration, I chose to show the God Aten floating over top of the pyramids.

2 full page digital illustrations. On the left, a green brain on a slightly distorted circuit board with a black background. On the right, the sun God Aten who is a circle with long arms reaching down to touch the 3 pyramids with a gradient blue sky background.

A spot illustration of Pharaoh Akhenaten's skull which has the outline of Egypt and the Nile with "Welcome to Egypt" stamp.

2 digital spot illustrations. On the left is the blue lotus flower combining to make a DNA strand on a yellow background. On the right, an illustration of the fall of the 18th dynasty. A pyramid has a light side and as it gets darker towards the back, is where it ends. The front face shows Amenhotep III, the sides have Akhenaten and Tutankhamun and the back darkest section has the two babies buried with Tutankhamun, believed to be his children.

Another 2 spot illustrations for "The Private Lives of the Pharaohs". One of the blue lotus flowers intertwining to make a DNA strand as an episode focussed on its importance and use in ancient Egypt. The other is an illustration of the fall of the 18th Dynasty. As the sides of the pyramid darken, the dynasty comes to the end. There is Amenhotep III, then to the sides, Akhenaten and Tutankhamun, then the darkest area are the two babies buried with Tutankhamun.

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