Tag Archive: children’s illustration


Well i cannot believe that my 3 year degree in illustration has finally come to an end, i have handed in a gazillion files, ticked off the whole of my tick list and gained several more grey hairs in the process – but it is all done – all handed in – and my display stand is now done and ready for the graduate show in June, how exciting!

So today, in the hottest room ever, we painted and measured and pushed and pulled fabrics and wallpapers and illustrations, placed china mugs and soft cushions, and stood back to view the finished result – now to hope it doesnt fall down!!

My display for my final degree show.

 

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I have just submitted my entry to the Macmillan Children’s book competition where i managed to get 8 double colour pages done, a book jacket, end papers and title and copyright, but still need to do 4 more doubles now to finish by sunday so i can send it off to Blurb to get a really professional mock book done for my final university assessment in a couple of weeks – so the pressure is still on for now!!

Here  is an example of one of the pages in the book

Image from ‘Brenda the Misunderstood Witch’

The story is about a witch that is judged because she looks scary, and is green and hairy etc, and it gives you a surprising insight into her world, and details what she is really like.It is a book that aims to teach children to not ‘judge a book by its cover’ and to be more accepting of others (which i think is really important especially in this modern day world where the boundaries of race, creed and culture become merged). I think it is important that children’s books carry some sort of message, as children are really influenced by what they see and read, and i tried to make the main character as loveable as possible so that the children would be drawn to her.

Other books that i have written also carry messages for children, and as i am now coming to the end of my degree i would like to continue with my work to Masters level where i would like to continue to look at the role of the book in children’s lives with reference to their personal development and also how they interpret colour and image…exciting stuff i think!! :0)