Mad Skills Monday 007: Laura Gonçalves

Welcome to Mad Skills Monday, where we showcase top work from young creatives to bring some creative inspiration to beat the post-weekend blues. Today we have some traditional animation and illustration from sketchaholic Laura Gonçalves.

Laura Gonçalves

Power tool: Paper, watercolour and pencil
Power song: Tchaikovsky has helped me through some hard times
Power snack: A lovely cup of tea!

Laura is a creative rarely seen without her sketchbook, constantly drawing people around her and turning them into energetic characters on paper. Now graduated, many of these creations have been brought to another life in traditional hand-drawn animation. For her recent Master’s course she observed her family in Portugal celebrating Christmas and turned these scenes into a full six-and-a-half minute film. Faces and objects emerge from white space like fond memories and seemingly insignificant details are brought into focus in this exploration of family bonds. Here’s the trailer:


‘Three Weeks in December’ is available to view in full at the Bang Awards website – if you like it, be sure to vote for it!

Since graduating Laura has continued to develop her art style into bright, childlike drawings full of movement, expression and humor.

5a5b5g6c6d6e6fmenina002vectorLaura graduated from BA Art and Multimedia – Animation Course at the University of Lisbon before doing the MA Animation Course at Arts University Bournemouth. She currently works on various independent animation and illustration projects and is always on the lookout for new roles. You can see lots more of her work at her official site, Behance and Facebook page.


Want us to show off your mad skills? We’re always looking for young creatives, students and graduates to showcase for our Monday feature, so send us an email with some samples or a portfolio link with the subject line “Mad Skills Monday” to and we’ll check you out!

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