A Grown-Up Little Girl Who Loves to Draw

by Rosie Forster

Alice and the Caterpillar

Alice and the Caterpillar

Alice and the Caterpillar
The Owl and the Pussycat
Mammoth Bedtime
Monster in the Bath

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 rosieforster_7@hotmail.com. Rates are negotiable depending on size of image, materials, level of detail required, etc.

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The Kilted Caricaturist

by Tony Docherty

Jumping Horse cartoon

Jumping Horse cartoon

Tony works on caricatures from photographs in pen and watercolour and also live at events

Lately I have been looking to draw illustrations for children's books; my son and I have hours of fun just drawing pictures of what adventure the weekend has ahead for us or what we did the previous day. It's a geat way for him to keep a diary and a great keepsake for him when he is older.

That got me thinking what a great idea it would be to draw illustrations for children's books. With caricatures, it is all about the information given to you about the person you are drawing. It's that information that brings the picture to life; the fact their face is part of that makes it memorable to them personally.

Taking the narrative of a book and illustrating it, making the book come alive with visual imagery and words that go hand in hand...I'd like to be part of taking a child on such a new and exciting adventure.

For more information contact The Kilted Caricaturist.

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Sole Martínez Illustrations

by Soledad
(Buenos Aires, Argentina)

woman opening mysterious chest

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.

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Dec 31, 2008
message from Aga Korfanty from Poland
by: Korfano Art

Hi Soledad,

I like very much your illustrations - especially your watercolors and illustrations created with crayons!

Wow, you're talented.

Bye, or Pa (it's Polish),

Agnieszka Korfanty

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Eccentric Realism: Pen & Ink with Watercolor

by Cyrus Glance
(Asheville, NC, USA)

St. Lawrence Basilica

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.

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Freelance Artist / Illustrator Karen Marino


Barnabee Belgian Draft Horse

Barnabee Belgian Draft Horse

WarPony Creations
Original-Not-So-Ordinary artwork
by Karen Marino

Hi there,

I am a freelance artist/illustrator specializing in watercolor pen and ink. I like to think that my niche is in the animal world, however I am proficient in people and other subjects as well.

My work has been described as "Where the sarcastic meets the realistic."

It is a marriage of embellished characteristics to the realistic side of life. In every illustration I create I strive to reveal the hidden personality just behind the surface of each character. My paper springs to life with whimsical and witty creations.

Although my website is geared towards the horse industry, it will give you a glimpse of my style, feel free to check it out!


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Dec 03, 2008
Very Impressive and Unique
by: Steve Richardson

Your work is very unique! I have never seen anything quite like it. It's kind of a mix of R.C. Gorman and the artist that does Winnie the Pooh.

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