I have always enjoyed painting and drawing and I am passionate about illustration. During my career as a teacher, I have often used my art in teaching to illustrate stories and poems with my classes.
My inspiration comes from a love of books and poetry and my work is influenced by a wide variety of different authors and poets, primarily children’s authors. My style is typically using bright and bold colours to portray humanistic animals and characters from well-known tales. I also enjoy sketching caricatures of pets and other animals.
I like to work in many different mediums including acrylic, pen, ink and coloured pencils, I have also successfully created work to order using programs like ‘Sketchbook Pro’ on the computer.
1) How did you become an illustrator of children’s books or similar works?
I joined a local art group who exhibited my work in their shop and on their webspace, through attending various exhibitions and shows I got my work seen by lots of people and then I was contacted directly by companies and people to produce work for them.
2) Describe your illustration style
Traditional with a twist (I like to call it a ‘twinkle in the eye’)
3) When did you realise you could make a living from your talent?
When I knew art was something I had to do not just what I wanted to do…
4) Who are your biggest influences in your artistic career?
Axel Scheffler, Quentin Blake, Jim Henson
5) When collaborating with an author or a client, how do you ensure you are able to translate their words into art and convey the message they are trying to portray?
I love stories, I really want to know not just what the story is but where it comes from. Stories are very special and personal so I like to build up a relationship where we can cooperate and develop a common direction. When creating work for a client different from stories I like to have a clear instruction about what they envisage the completed work to look like and then have the chance to share ideas from a very clear brief.
6) Tell us about the proudest piece of work you have done
My heart says the first Noah’s ark picture I created for my first child’s bedroom before she was born, my bank manager says the Christmas calendar I created for a multinational oil company!
7) What advice do you have for aspiring illustrators?
Never give up, believe in your work and get it seen by as many people as possible. Take your work seriously (but never yourself).
8) Please provide a short brief of each of the pictures you have submitted
Old MacDonald – An illustration of a few of the farmyard animals from the song.
Fairy Glade – A development of the back story of Disney’s “Maleficent”
The Owl and the Pussycat – My take on a part of the nonsense rhyme by Edward Lear
Noah’s Ark – One of my favourite/most popular subjects with scope for different animals according to the client.
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