Laura Manns is an illustrator and fabricator living in New York City. Born to an English father and Chilean mother, Laura had an international upbringing living in cities across Europe, South America, and Asia, before settling in the US at the age of 12. She went on to get her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she also pursued her interests in puppets, animation and sculpture.
Laura started working as a fabricator on the feature film The Muppets, building new characters as well as refurbishing old favorites. She regularly freelances for the Jim Henson Company on Sesame Street, and has also worked on projects for Nickelodeon, Disney, Condé Nast, and Google. With an eye for both 2D and 3D design, she is a versatile artist who is able to work in all stages of the creative process. From drafting concept art, to full fabrication, Laura fulfills her client's vision with attention to detail and craftsmanship.
Laura enjoys working in both digital and traditional media. Her personal work is mostly inspired by animals, relationships, cartoons and whimsy, and she happily draws portraits of companion animals on commission. Laura is currently working on a children’s book inspired by her rescue dog, Tippi.