Lara Porter


Sydney, Australia
I was 21 when I finished art school and desperately wanted to go travelling overseas. I was useless at the waitressing job I had, so I found myself showing my portfolio to a local magazine in Cape Town. Soon my travel money was being earned as a freelance illustrator for magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Runners World, Fair Lady and Woman’s Value as well as South Africa's leading newspaper, The Star. My career as an editorial illustrator had begun and I didn’t even know it - in fact, I didn’t know that a career in illustration was even an option!

A couple of years later I was back from my travels through Europe and the States and I decided to embark on a “proper” career in advertising and was lucky enough to work for some amazing agencies. I started off as a junior art director for J Walter Thompson and then moved on to South Africa’s most awarded advertising agency, The Jupiter Drawing Room as a junior designer. My drawing skills continued to be noticed and my illustrations were used in print campaigns, point-of-sale, storyboards, the web and in animation for TV commercials. For extra income I continued to illustrate for magazines and was published in a home decorating book. I also painted numerous murals.

In 2000 I set off overseas again and worked for Mason Zimbler in the UK and M&C Saatchi in Sydney, amongst others. As a creative I have switched between the title of Art Director and Designer a number of times, thus honing my conceptual and aesthetic skills.

After taking a few years off to raise young kids, my career has now come full circle back to my first love, illustration. To this end I completed a BA Honours Degree in Illustration at the University of the West of England and am now a full-time illustrator in Sydney Australia, setting up my freelance business in 2014.

My focus is editorial/magazine illustration and illustration for advertising and design agencies, as this is where my experience lies, but I am open to any other creative opportunities.

(Professional member of Illustrators Australia)

Work Experience



2014 - 2015 Sydney, Australia


Art Director/Designer

2005 - 2006 United Kingdom

MC Saatchi

Art Director

2003 - 2004 Sydney, Australia

Mason Zimbler Ltd


2001 - 2002 Bristol, United Kingdom

The Jupiter Drawing Room

Designer and Illustrator

1998 - 2000 Cape Town, South Africa

JWT (J. Walter Thompson)

Art Director

1996 - 1998 Cape Town, South Africa

Cosmopolitan Magazine


1998 - 1999 Cape Town, South Africa

Runner's World Magazine


1996 - 1999 Cape Town, South Africa

Fair Lady Magazine


1995 - 1999 Cape Town, South Africa

Woman's Value Magazine


1996 - 1997 Cape Town, South Africa


University Of The West Of England

BA Honours Degree, Illustration

2005 - 2007 Bristol, United Kingdom

Cape Peninsula University Of Technology

National Diploma, Graphic Design (2nd Major Illustration)

1993 - 1994 Cape Town, South Africa

University Of Stellenbosch

Foundation year in Art, Graphic Design.

1992 - 1993 Stellenbosch, South Africa

Fairmont High School

Matriculated with an "A" in both Art Theory and Art Practical. Won the Art Prize.

1987 - 1991 Cape Town, South Africa


Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Art Direction, Design, Illustration,