laura lightlakeABOUT ME
What can I do for you?
I am an illustrator who also helps other creative professionals find their voice and focus so that they can maximize the advantage of their talent. At the moment I offer online portfolio analysis and one-on-one mentoring. Learn more and get started HERE.
Who can I help?
Where am I?
I operate worldwide as my mentoring primarily take place online. All of my services are available in English as well as in Finnish.
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.
Laura Lightlake, illustrator & mentor
Laura holds a Master of Arts degree in Art Education and is finalizing her Doctor of Arts (DA) studies at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Her Doctoral Dissertation focuses on how the professional and creative identity of an illustrator develops. Laura has worked as an acclaimed and award-winning illustrator for over a decade. She was in charge of designing, launching and teaching the first ever illustration studies at the university level in Finland, when illustration minor studies began in Aalto University in 2016. When Laura isn’t deep diving into the world of illustrations, she can usually be found enjoying delicacies at the local pastry shops or in her kitchen making new pastry innovations; her love for the Pastry Arts even took her to the Great Finnish Bake Off finals in 2018!
I left from every conversation I had with Laura with a huge self-confidence, believing in my own skills. Her feedback and comments were really informative and top-quality and the tasks she gave me were very well designed just for me and my special needs.
Laura’s way of coaching is top-quality. Well prepared, informative, professional. You can strongly feel her passion towards the subject, and that is what made me inspired as well.
Laura is one of the best mentors that I know. Unbelievably inspiring and professional!
The most important thing for me was that “kick in the butt”, that opened my eyes for the fact that it is possible to do the things that I am good at and that I love.
Laura approached me with a gentle and firm support from the first moment. She immediately created a safe space for big dreams and then offered real tools for materialising the vision. The professional advise felt retailed for my personal needs. I would recommend working with Laura for anyone who feels stagnation on their creative journey and who needs help with definition and strengthening of their personal style and business skills.
Maria Sann, Helsinki, former client