I was asked by Sarah Hillyer, the Herbalist, to join her in an exciting adventure by illustrating her book, The Search for the Elves' Cure. Neither of us had written or illustrated a book before, but whilst we sat in a Hayling Island Coffee shop it all seemed very exciting. Within two years, we would be sat in another Hayling Island Coffee shop actually holding the first proof of the book which was even more exciting!
Sarah had written most of the book a few years before and had recently felt the nudge to continue on with her venture. I loved the book immediately and already had creative ideas flowing for illustrations, so we sat together and shared ideas.
After researching and sketching ideas, each painting was sketched on 300g (140lb) 'not white' Bockingford water colour block to A5. I then used Unipin fine line water and fade proof ink pen, sizes 02, 01 or 005 before using mainly Winsor and Newton professional watercolours.
There is a competition for anyone who can correctly decipher the symbols in Chapter Ten's 'Facing Their Fears'. All of which relate to the story and includes different alphabets, symbols and animal symbolism. To enter please use the contact form listing all what you see and decipher. Enjoy the mindful practice!