Custom art, created on commission. Mary Laura makes things that are a little . . . weird. Here’s a recent example: She created the art used on the cover of Moms Are Nuts. Compiled by Amy Vansant, the book is a comic anthology about the universal experience of having a crazy mom. (Mary Laura also contributed an essay to the collection, which included writers for Comedy Central, The Tonight Show, US Weekly, VH-1, and The Onion, plus Emmy winners, stand-up performers, and alums of comedy programs such as the Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade.)
Strange as it may be, what with peanuts wearing shoes and whatnot — the art was carefully crafted to represent a diverse group of mothers, grandmothers, and mother-figures. In addition to the cover image, there’s a blooper reel.
Sometimes Mary Laura creates things just for fun. Drawings, odd little tableaux made from household objects, mixed media silliness.
Here are some classy corks, living large:
Here’s a wonky little drawing of a bookshelf, created by request for use as someone’s website header image:
Mary Laura also posts illustrations regularly on The Random Penguins and illustrated (and wrote) Penguins with People Problems, the book forthcoming in 2015 from Perigee Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.