Lauren Beard is a childrens book illustrator based in Manchester. Mainly known for her work on the Fairytale Hairdresser series.
As a young girl she always loved drawing and reading, and would write and illustrate short stories for her two younger brothers.
She has always been fascinated and influenced by animals, fairy tales and folklore since her childhood, it started from when she would visit her Irish Grandma and was told to 'watch out for the fairies!'
Her work is hand-drawn then coloured both digitally and by hand, using all types of media to get different textures. Lauren enjoys adding little details and modern humour to her illustrations appealing to children and adults alike.
She lives with her King Charles Cavalier 'Bronte' and sleepy cat 'Sushi' who keep her company and inspire her drawings.