I am an award-winning illustrator based in London, UK.
I love picture books and have illustrated many titles for children including There’s a Pig Up My Nose, written by John Dougherty; Daddy’s Sandwich by Pip Jones and The Birthday Invitation by Lucy Rowland.
There’s a Pig Up My Nose was the winner of Oscar’s Book Prize 2018, an annual award for the best book for children aged under five.
As well as illustrating books for young readers, my artwork has featured on greetings cards, gift-wrap, packaging and stationery all over the world.
My illustrations are loose, energetic and have a human touch. Inks are my favourite medium, but I also love working with gouache paint and crayons. When I’m finished making a mess at my desk, I scan and edit my images digitally.
I studied illustration at Kingston University and graduated in 2005. I now live in Walthamstow and am represented by Arabella Stein at The Bright Agency.
When I’m not drawing I love to play my guitar. I'm currently in several punk bands and have performed in venues all over London including The Lexington.
Client list includes: Bloomsbury Books (UK), Egmont (UK), Faber&Faber (UK), Harper Collins (USA), Quire Cards (The Netherlands), Waitrose (UK), Blue Rabbit Publishing (Korea) and American Greetings (USA).
“Drawn and coloured with lively, happy, cartoonish freedom, showing a dad who cooks, some diversity in the class and lots of interesting detail at home, at the doctor’s and at school, the book is delightfully funny.”
The Times for There’s a Pig up my Nose by John Dougherty and Laura Hughes.
“Laura Hughes’ The Chunk is appealingly Muppet-like and just fluffy enough to be actually rather adorable.”
The Book Trust for Wanted: The Chocolate Monster by Pip Jones and Laura Hughes.
“John Doughtery’s splendidly surreal story is brought to life by Laura Hughes’ down to earth, gently dishevelled pictures – it’s a joy to read aloud, especially with a classful of children.”
The Guardian for There’s a Pig Up My Nose by John Dougherty and Laura Hughes.