Children's books and illustrations for children (such as magazines, posters, and ads) is an area of illustration that I really enjoy. I have worked for a variety of clients, please do get in touch if you are interested in working with me.
Folktale Week Cover
Folktale week was created by Jennifer M Potter, a well known children's book illustrator.
To capture the enchanting moment of discovery a child experiences when introduced to the worlds of folk tales was the thesis I aimed towards in the creation of this illustration. A sense of wonder is often lost as we grow older, but is so deeply ingrained in the experience of story-telling that we as humans never grow tired of telling stories. I used a textured approach to the rendering of forms in this illustration, while trying to capture the atmospheric sensation of a dimly lit forest.
My paintings usually come from ideas that sit at the back of my brain. I often notice how infrequently I look up to the sky. In fact my viewpoint is always facing either forward towards where I am walking, or down at what I am focusing on, such as a phone, screen or book. In this illustration I wanted to capture that sudden moment when we experience a change of perspective.
Folktale Week "Woods"
Folktale week was created by Jennifer M Potter, a well know children's book illustrator.
There is something true about the terror of the story of Hansel and Gretel, it touches on child abuse, abandonment, famine, and the power of children to survive. Of course it is Gretel, the sister, who has the agency to save her brother from the witch.
I applied a picture-book style to this illustration, and a sense of scale of the forest in relation to the children to emphasise their 'aloneness'.
A personal project exploring the world of Peter Pan.
FOR THE NEW ZEALAND SCHOOL JOURNAL
This illustration was created for Lift Education for the national New Zealand School Journal. It sat alongside a poem about a boy looking out at a flying albatross (Toroa in Maori), as he wound down a hill in the back seat of a car. It was a pleasure to work sith Simon Waterfield and his team.