One of the things that really made me want to become an illustrator was to create children’s books. My career change coincided with me becoming a mother and when I started looking for children’s books I was stunned at the huge array of really beautiful, cute and charming books.
I love creating cute, funny and colourful illustrations and even though it took several years to really pick up, I’ve now created a couple children’s books and been involved with other children’s related projects.
These have been a lot of fun to work on.
Mimi Has Magic Hair
This is a book I had published in Taiwan. I was contacted by a publisher there and I was given a lot of freedom to create a book about something fun that I wanted to do.
My most recent book project has involved working with a local mother who wanted to create a book for her child. The book is called Strange Objects and it’s about Hattie the shark and her friends and family.
I was provided with briefs and text but did all the text layouts myself as well as the illustrations.
Pet Problems came about from studying a Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells Course (the writer is Zoe Tucker). We were given several stories to choose from but how we illustrated them was entirely up to us so this is what I came up with.
I loved working on this. The little girl’s name is Eleanor and she has three pets, an elephant, a giraffe and a seal pup. Here are just two spreads featuring the elephant along with some design ideas.
Learning Spanish Is Fun
A Glasgow based Spanish teacher asked me to create illustrations for a book called Learning Spanish is Fun. We worked on two books and it was a really interesting process. During the first book there were lots of discussions about how to design the book but for the second I had a lot more creative freedom and below is the result. I really enjoyed creating these illustrations and feedback has been really great.
Below are some other projects I’ve worked on. Some are doodles while the first came from a brief.