How do you create your illustrations?
I work mostly by hand, always by starting with a pencil sketch. I then use a mixture of watercolour, pencil, gouache, coloured pencils and pastels. Often I use a touch of photoshop wizardry to finish.
How did you become an illustrator?
Slowly! And by lots and lots of practice and determination. I didn’t study illustration at university, but I did do an art degree which helped me learn about briefs and deadlines.
How can I become an illustrator?
I’ll write a proper answer to this soon, but for now the best thing you can do is to get drawing! Time spent practicing is never ever wasted.
What materials to do you use?
At the moment I’m using Windsor & Newton Cotman watercolours (the student ones!), hot press watercolour paper (different brands for different projects), Derwent Inktense pencil crayons, and lots of 4B pencils! I also use a light pad for tracing, an Epson scanner and a Macbook for digital work.
How do you get your work?
I have a lovely agent, Rebecca Sherman, at Writers House who represents me for book illustration. If you’re interested in working with me on your book project, please contact her directly. I also licence illustrations, sell cards through shops (and soon again on Etsy), and do the very occasional commission.
How do you like your tea?
Without sugar, and with a dash of oat milk. Thanks!