A Grown-Up Little Girl Who Loves to Draw
by Rosie Forster
Alice and the Caterpillar
Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved to draw. To start with, she drew the usual things kids draw: indecipherable scribbles developed into "figures," which were actually just giant grinning heads with stick arms and legs attached, bypassing the body altogether.
By the age of three she had evolved onto the slightly bizarre subject of "Monster Princesses."
(She wasn't really sure where the inspiration came from, but the pictures usually involved a long snouted, sharp toothed creature with flowing locks and a crown, and for some reason she often depicted them chasing a fly.)
Having been blessed (or cursed) with such a strange imagination as well as a gift for drawing, I suppose she was destined to become a part of the world of illustration.
While other kids changed their minds every week about what they wanted to be when they grew up (a mermaid, a thundercat, a tree) she never wavered on wanting to draw for a living. It never crossed her mind to think twice about it.
Possibly because there was not much else she was good at...."And what is the use of a book," thought Alice "without pictures or conversation?"
I studied art all through school and then went on to earn BA Honors in illustration at Kingston University in Surrey.
Children's book illustration has always been my passion. I would like to write as well as illustrate, although it's darned hard to come up with a good original story!
My favourite things to draw are monsters and creatures from my imagination. I also enjoy drawing cats, children, pigs, trees, castles, fish... pretty much anything really.
I've got quite a traditional style, using mainly pencil, pen and ink and watercolour. I've recently started to work digitally, and I think I'm close to perfecting my signature style, although it's always fun to try something different every now and then.
Since leaving University I've been working as a freelance portrait artist, illustrator and storyboard artist.
My published work includes several business Christmas card designs, illustrations for an educational textbook and the logos for two public houses in the UK.
If you would like to discuss working together, please e-mail me at email@example.com
. Rates are negotiable depending on size of image, materials, level of detail required, etc.
Sole Martínez Illustrations
(Buenos Aires, Argentina)
woman opening mysterious chest
I'm a free-lance illustrator from Argentina, and I love what I do.
I am interested in book illustration, including children’s and young adults', greeting cards, and editorial illustration.
I generally use watercolours and coloured pencils.
I love the moment after I receive the text to illustrate. Thousands of images come to mind - different colours, shapes, animals, people - beings that never existed until this moment. That's when the magic begins!
Don't hesitate to contact me for questions or ideas.
Eccentric Realism: Pen & Ink with Watercolor
by Cyrus Glance
(Asheville, NC, USA)
St. Lawrence Basilica
Cyrus Glance, pen & ink with watercolor
There is no such thing as a straight line. I enjoy being free, and my work is full of freedom and fun.
I do not draw in pencil; I draw directly with my crow quill pen and ink and then paint the image with watercolor. My style has been described as whimsical and sophisticated; I call it eccentric realism.
I am willing to do some sample sketches for the client to see if my style would be suitable for the project.
You can email Cyrus.