In May I finished my second semester on the part time MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge Anglia Ruskin University. I have to say that it is the best thing I have done for myself in years.
This is a very recent sketch developing a new approach.
I had heard of the MA sometime ago and knew that it was highly thought of by publishers. I was feeling stuck in a rut with the type of work I was getting and thought I should apply.The day after my interview I got an email offering me a place.I live in Kent and knew that once a week my journey to Cambridge would be a long haul. Even though I have to get up at 4.50am to attend the course and I spend most of my day there fighting extreme tiredness – I LOVE IT!
It’s made me passionate about my work again. It’s given me the time to work on my own projects again, producing the type of work that I want to do. I feel like I’ve been set free.
These two illustrations were done as part of a SCBWI Illustration Masterclass, but the influence of the MA inspired me to take my work in a slightly different direction and try a new approach. I still think it’s my ‘style’ – don’t like that word – but with a different technique.
And as if by magic, I’ve started to get jobs that I love, (which have no connection to the course).
Five Black Cats – Caterpillar Books – written by Patricia Hegarty. I am now working on my 3rd book in this series and love working with them.
It’s given me the courage to turn down jobs that I’m not interested in, so I can concentrate on developing my own ideas. It’s changed my approach to my work, and it’s reignited my love for sketching again, which has such a vast impact on my illustrations.
These sketches were done during the first semester of the MA where the project was observational sketching and we chose our own themes and I chose my family life.
These illustrations were done in the second semester where we had to do sequential image. These are from one of two projects that I did and in this project I decided to experiment a lot and these are just some examples of the different type approaches that I tried.
I can’t wait till September when the course starts again!