Laura Leigh Bean
Illustration, Visual Branding + Design
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Illustration: Super Girl

My new friend Alicia recently shared this quote on Instagram: 

“And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire; and not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” 

This quote is attributed all over the internet to Mark Anthony—but whether that’s the ancient Roman politician, a misspelling of the living Latino singer or a relatively unknown other Mark Anthony is apparently un-Googleable.

Whoever Mr. Anthony may be, he translated my feelings to words nicely. Saying that you’re an illustrator, a designer, or a writer is scary. Saying: I made this, and I think you should see it (and potentially pay for it) is super scary. I remember having to choose my major in college and wanting to find the business major that most aligned with my love of art. I chose marketing. What if I just chose art? 

If I’m being generous with myself, I would say that I’ve gotten braver since Hudson’s birth because I want to show him that he should chase whatever he’s passionate about regardless of how much it scares him. If I’m less generous, I think that thing is happening that my mother has always said will happen: you simply care less about what people think as you get older. The subtle art of not giving a f*ck, as Mark Manson so eloquently puts it. Whatever forces are conspiring in my favor, I have shared more of my illustrations, writing, and myself in the last year and a half than ever before and have as a result been three to four billion times happier. 

So I recently took a big leap, and am winding down my role in marketing at ThoughtWorks by the end of this year in order to pursue design and illustration. 

And the craziest, most amazing things have happened almost instantly upon making that decision. I remember reading the Secret back in the day because Oprah told me to and thinking she’d officially lost it. Change the world with your thoughts? Come on, Op. I later recall hearing Arianna Huffington speak and share Rumi’s advice to live life as though everything is rigged in your favor. Maybe these ladies are on to something, because I can’t help but feel that just saying, seriously, universe! I’m doing this now! has sent incredible opportunities my way. Design projects, branding work, and the most exciting, dream-come-true illustration project ever, ever, ever. 

I’m so thankful, and so excited for what 2018 will bring. So here’s Super Girl, scared of maybe a lot but going for it anyway in her cape. Cheers, friends! 

Illustration: Halloween Cat Girl

I'm not the biggest Halloween person. Last year, my 3-month old son's costume was comprised of a Cubs onesie and black eyeliner on his chubby cheeks to make eye black because I had baby costume FOMO the day of. But this year, even though he still won't really get it (and I'm still the crazy new mom who probably won't let him eat any candy) I'm feeling much more into the whole thing! I have his little dragon costume ready to go and I even got myself a shirt that says "Mother of Dragons." I'm totally doing Halloween, guys.

So this girl is in honor of my new-found enthusiasm for Old Hallow's Eve. 

Cheers to Halloween, friends! 

Illustration: Girl on a Bicycle

Since we're friends, I'll be honest with you: I'm not much for bike riding. When I visited my friend Rach when she lived in San Diego a few years ago, she was so excited for us head down to the beach on her cruisers. I think she was tipped off to my ineptitude when I asked if we'd be riding on the road, (blank stare) and by the time I wobbled hesitantly down to the end of the driveway, she had called an Uber. 

The thing is, I WANT to be the kind of person that zips around carefree on two wheels. Just look how happy this girl is! Her hair is blowing in the wind! And she even let go with one hand. Unfortunately, years of living in the city has instilled a passionate (and borderline irrational) fear of insane drivers--which includes other bikers, by the way--so there's not a lot of hope for my biking future.

Does anyone know of a place where I can ride a ride on an uninterrupted path with no cars or other bikes around? Also prefer great scenery, no bugs, clean bathrooms along the way and minimal hills. LMK!

Until then, I'll stick to living vicariously through this girl and my other Girl on a Bike. 

Cheers, friends!