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|Anna Violet - self portrait as a child|
|Maurice Wilson's illustrations captivated me,|
especially his foxes
|This book even had instructions on how to make a|
|My drawing of a bus.|
Paints, wobbly lines and happy accidents
When I became a mother in my thirties, I revisited childhood. My first born developed type 1 diabetes as a toddler and I became very focussed on home. It was a joy to rediscover picture books and children's fiction and share them with my children. I was impressed by Gerald Rose (Ahh Said Stork, 1977), John Burningham (Oi Get Off Our Train, 1989), Nick Butterworth (After The Storm, 1992), Margaret Bloy Graham (Harry the Dirty Dog, author Gene Zion, 1956), Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon series), Dave McKean (Varjak Paw series, author SF Said, 2003), Antony Browne (Voices in the Park, 1998), Patrick Benson (Owl Babies, author Martin Waddell, 1992), Satoshi Kitamura (Angry Arthur, author Hiawyn Oram, 1997) and Sam Lloyd (Mr Pusskins, 2006).
|I love all the different marks Sam Lloyd uses in her illustrations.|
|One of my paintings from 1990s.|
|Decorative map for National Trust leaflet 2010 (Anna Violet)|
|Castlefield area in Manchester (Anna Violet)|
I begin my images by sketching and playing around with marks. Then I cut, scan, copy and collage. I do lots of observational drawings in my sketchbooks, and sometimes these lead to ideas.
|My sketchbook pages with start of hedgehog character|
|My sketchbook images from Cheshire Show 2014.|
Start of new goat character.
|My sketchbook images from Cheshire Show 2014|
|My winning entry for scbwi Undiscovered Voices|
Tribute Illustration competition
I went to SCBWI masterclasses and the SCBWI conference 2011. I started to appreciate author-illustrators Catherine Rayner (Augustus and His Smile, 2006), Alexis Deacon (Beegu, 2003), Helen Stephens (How to Hide a Lion, 2014), Lizzy Finlay (Dandylion, 2009), Sarah McIntyre (Sharks in the Bath, 2014) and Jon Klassen. In 2013, I won the SCBWI Promo Mailer competition and my prickly hedgehog image was selected for the 2013/2014 touring SCBWI Illustration Showcase. My illustrations have been published in Oxford Reading Tree Books in 2011 (How Anansi Got His Stories, level 8) and 2014 (Big Ears and Sticky Fingers, Infact level 9) and Spider magazine (Carus Publishing) 2013.
|How Anansi Got His Stories (OUP 2011)|
I've been developing my writing with several picture book stories - stories with harvest mice, fledgling umbrella birds, frogs, wrens, shrews, foxes and dragons. Oh, and I've been pondering again on whether pigs can really fly...
|Pig flying over Beech Road, Manchester (Anna Violet)|
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