News | Laura Stitzel
Laura is an award-winning independent artist from Melbourne, Australia. Her work is seen on television, games, album covers and commercials.
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Dreaming big with Disney

I recently had the pleasure of working on 16 interstitials for Disney Junior here in Australia.  Aussie kids sent in videos telling us what they want to be when they grow up, and we brought them to life. The shorts are now screening on Disney Junior, and the full gallery is here.

 

Superhero Doctor

 


 

Australia’s first animated sketch comedy

I recently finished up production on an animated comedy program called Suspect Moustache, created by the comedian Fabian Laptham. I animated some great scenes in this show, it was a lot of fun! The show screened on SBS recently and is available to view online here.

 

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Interview

I was recently interviewed from my home in Melbourne, by a writer in Switzerland, about the award I received in Italy.  So global. The lovely Elizabeth Norton asked some fantastic questions about my process for the SCBWI community. You can read the interview here.

 


 

The Song Tailors album cover

Here is an illustration I created for The Song Tailors, a new music project at Rock Candy Productions. Their lovely music can be heard here.

 

 


 

New animated series

I’ve just wrapped up working on a new animated series for the amazing team at Working Dog, the guys being The Castle, Utopia and Frontline!  The series is called Pacific Heat and will be on Foxtel later in the year.

 


 

Bologna Illustrators’ Gallery shortlist

My piece ‘A Little Nonsense’ has been shortlisted for the SCBWI Illustrator’s Gallery prize at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy!

Very excited to just be part of this list of fantastic children’s illustrators.

 


 

Progress photos

Here are some work-in-progress shots to share a bit about my process. This is for my piece ‘Printing’, for the 52 Week Illustration Challenge.

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First I rough out the lettering.

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Then neaten it up and use tracing paper for the symmetrical parts.

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And pencil in this guy. I did these parts separately so I could adjust size and placement later.

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Pencil is finished.

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Then I start inking. I did the outline in fine liner then filled it in.

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I also used a brush dipped in ink to do some of the messy parts.

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The ink is finished and the pencil erased. This is ready to scan.

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Now in Photoshop, I put the parts together and got the placement right. Then I do some colour correction, add shadows, adjust the lighting, add some texture, and…

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…finished!


 

Cousins

Here’s a little commission I did of three adorable cousins, for their Grandma’s birthday. So sweet!

 

Cousins

 


 

Work station

Just a little insight into how I work and all my tools – fine liners, watercolours, tracing paper, references, and mess.

 

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New illustrations in 2016

This year I’m one of thousands of artists participating in the 2016 52-week Illustration Challenge. The Challenge gives us one theme each week, and we create a new illustration on that theme, for 52 weeks! Here is my first entry, the theme is ‘Fancy Dress’.

You can follow the Challenge on Facebook, and I’ll be posting all my submissions here.

 

Week 1 - Theme 'Fancy Dress'

 

 


 

Happy new year

Another little illustration to welcome the new year. Hope it’s a good one!

 

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Happy holidays

A little ink and watercolour piece to wish you a very happy festive season!

 

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Some more street art

These little guys can now be found in Toronto, Canada and London, UK.

 

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Emmy nominations announced

The 2015 Emmy nominations have been announced, and two of the wonderful programs I’ve worked on have been nominated, again!  Arthur is up for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program and Peg + Cat received nominations for both Outstanding New Approach to a Series and Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program.  So proud to be part of the creative teams on these great shows.

 


 

Arthur Season 18

Season 18 of Arthur begins airing today on PBS! I’ve been really enjoying working on this pretty lovely show this year.

 

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2014 Emmy Awards

The new children’s program I worked on here in Toronto, Peg + Cat, had a very successful night at the 2014 Emmy Awards last night. The series picked up the award for Outstanding Preschool Children’s Animated Program, and our show’s creator, Jen Oxley won an Individual Achievement in Animation Award.  It’s a privilege to be working on this great show.

 


 

Background art for Arthur

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve recently started working on Arthur, a timeless favourite. In fact, I’m told it’s the longest running children’s series. It’s quite an honour. The series has recently transitioned to digital, and I’m developing a new technique for painting the backgrounds digitally. My task is to replicate the beautiful watercolour backgrounds of previous series, quite a challenge! Here are some completed backgrounds I’ve painted so far for Season 18. We’re currently bringing some fantastic painters on board, and production will soon be under way.

 

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Premiere of Peg + Cat

Peg + Cat is a new pre-school show I’ve been working on for the past year here at 9Story in Toronto. It premieres on US TV tomorrow. I’ve been supervising the layout team and working on some designs. It’s a very cute show, can’t wait to see how it is received!

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