Here is a little section of new work I did yesterday ... don't ask why she has a frog on her head! And a monkey character from a picture book I recently wrote.
I am due to graduate soon from the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. It’s been a wonderful two and a half years of rediscovering illustration again, after I took a rather long break from it in 2001.
Back then I was represented by Linda Rogers (Associates) who has since retired. She took me on soon after graduating from the same art school. I can still remember my excitement and buzz from that meeting. So here I am today, reliving that buzz and excitement as I prepare for our graduation show in London in February and then onto the Bologna Children’s Book Fair!
I work in a totally new way now, using lots of texture but you can still see the same characters peeping from the pages. Whilst updating my website last night, I found my old work from the last century! So for fun here it is.
Looking back I realise how lucky I was to work with authors such as Mary Hoffmann, Edward Blishen, Fiona Kennedy (now publisher of Orion), Dr Pete Rowan to name a few and some great editors and publishers too. (click on the images to enlarge)
|Sally sky Diver (J.M Dent/Orion)|
|(The Amazing Voyage of a Cucumber Sandwich, J. Cape)|
But for now it’s a beautiful crisp cold morning herein the UK , reminding me I must somehow squeeze Christmas in as I work 24/7 finishing the MA. Fortunately I love what I do and feel so lucky to be tutored by Prof Martin Salisbury and Pam Smy plus the wonderful part time tutors up in Cambridge.
Have a lovely Christmas and New Year.