LAURA LIGHTLAKE

The New Academy of Illustration

Hi, I'm Laura

I am a Creative Coach and Founder & CEO of The New Academy of Illustration. I help illustration-driven visual artists find their voice and focus so that they can maximize the advantage of their talent. Do what only you can do best. Welcome to The New Academy of Illustration!

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I help illustration-driven visual artists find their voice and focus so that they can maximize the advantage of their talent.

The New Academy of Illustration is based in Helsinki but we have seats in Copenhagen as well. However, we operate worldwide as the coaching and courses primarily take place online. We will be launching new courses soon – be the first to know about the upcoming courses by signing up to our newsletter HERE. All services are available in English as well as in Finnish.

Plan 1: Online Portfolio Analysis

Do you need help in making your online portfolio more professional, coherent and convincing? Do you wish to have a professional opinion about your strenghts and weaknesses and about the contents of your portfolio? Do you wish to become better in what you do and to amend the way people see you and your work? Send me the link to your online portfolio, and you will receive my full feedback within the next 5 business days. You can choose your feedback to be delivered either by email or face to face online. Start maximizing the advantage of your talent.

Plan 2: Lightlake Method Coaching Programme

Do you need help in launching your career or taking your profession and brand to the next level? Do you wish to find your own unique style, authentic visual voice and strenghts as an illustrator? Are you lost with your talent and need help in finding the right direction? Lightlake Method is a goal-oriented coaching programme designed to help illustration-driven visual artists build a strong, rewarding, evolving and sustainable creative and professional identity as well as career. The content of the coaching is designed to individual needs of each client based on his/her personal challenges and goals. The coaching takes place online and is available worldwide.

About Laura Lightlake

The story behind the name of the academy is short and simple: Laura Lightlake is my name in English. However, it represents the very same things that The New Academy of Illustration represents: freedom, depth and movement, enlightenment and illumination.

For me illustration has always been the most interesting, exciting, versatile and fascinating form of art. It mesmerized me already when I was two years old, and it still does every single day. By following my childhood dream I became an illustrator. But following your dream does not always mean that it will be easy. Choosing the career of a creative professional brings you most amazing moments of flow, inspiration and joy, but often it also means inviting uncertainty, creative anxiety, loneliness and lack of proper feedback into your life. Creative or professional challenges should not prevent you from reaching your highest potential and living the life that you want to live. I am here to help you thrive in what only you can do best.

Welcome to The New Academy of Illustration!

– Laura Valojärvi, Founder & CEO

I would love to hear from you

I help illustration-driven visual artists find their voice and focus so that they can maximize the advantage of their talent. Do not hesitate to contact me. I would love to hear from you!

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