Lara Paulussen: “The Pictures Could Tell the Stories Alone”

Artist name: Lara Paulussen

Featured Work 1: Climate Zones

climate zones

Featured Work 2: Select the image to visit the animated gif, Months, on Lara Paulussen’s site

Months gif

Lara Paulussen uses soft layering to capture the subtle shifts of each moment, both in her animations and her still works.  Her portfolio is rich and diverse and her works convey a quiet sense of study, knowing, appreciation, and a vulnerability of the senses.



5 Questions for the Artist:

1. What is art to you?

“For me art is a way to be creative and express myself. I like how it can provoke all kinds of emotion sometimes with only a few brushstrokes.”

2. What did you make in the past, and why?

“During my bachelor studies I mainly focused on making picture books. It especially interested me to make picture books with no or as less words as possible, so the pictures could tell the stories alone and different viewers sometimes could see different things.”

3. What are you making now, and why?

“In 2014 I started to make little gif animations out of my drawings as movement can really add atmosphere to the pictures and I’d really like to get better at it. At the moment I’m also trying to focus more on editorial work. It’s kind of interesting to illustrate matter-of-factly articles with atmospheric pictures. I still like to concern myself with picture books though.”

4. What are your hopes for the future?

“I hope to be able to fully make a living out of illustrating. Also it’s a secret dream of mine to be able to draw backgrounds for an animated cartoon or a video game.”

(5. Do you want to add anything?-no)

Artist Supplied Background:

Lara Paulussen is a freelance illustrator based in Hamburg and is currently studying illustration at HAW Hamburg. She focuses on making illustrations that are inspired by the beauty of nature and everyday life, often with a hint of magic. When she’s not drawing she’s most likely to meet at the botanic garden or the library. Her work is also on Instagram  and Tumblr.



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