Children’s Book Illustration
In the last year I have been focusing on developing the skills I need to do children’s book illustration, an area that I have wanted to pursue since I was a small person myself. I've recently completed Nina Rycroft's Picture Book Illustration e-course, which was such a great experience and so useful that I'm going to do it again later this year. If you are looking for a course that packs everything you need to know about children's book illustration into 6 weeks of intensive learning and creating, and you would like to be part of an online group in which you can share your progress and receive supportive and constructive feedback, then I can definitely recommend Nina's course.
Drawing from Life
Although I will soon be moving over to Printful, I still have a bunch of stuff available in my Society 6 store, including these Tiny Garden clock and cushion prints. I love seeing my stuff printed onto gorgeous things.
Many illustrations and watercolour paintings are ends in themselves, but some are created as composition development for a painting. While some of these watercolours remain in notebooks as research, others have a beauty all their own and end up on my walls, which is quite nice when I've had to relinquish a commissioned work!
In 2014 I was asked to illustrate a book about a little bear called Bucket. Bucket the bear is a real bear, handmade by Bear Artist Kay Cooper. Bucket travels by post to visit other bear makers, friends, artists and creatives worldwide. Kay writes a blog that follows his travelling adventures.