Friday, 3 March 2017

Illustrations for 'The Singing Tortoise'

Yay, The Singing Tortoise (author Kate Scott) is out, illustrated by me in diluted inks. Published by Oxford University Press (Oxford Reading Tree, All Stars, level 11), a young reader's book aimed at 6-7 year olds. Here's a taster from over 50 b&w illustrations.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Playing with clay and plaster

Secateurs Landscape, porcelain and iron oxides

Manchester Town Hall, clay slip onto carved plaster, unfired

Ceramic Stone, terracotta with slips and oxides

clay slip cast from plaster mould of glove, unfired

Drawing into Clay

Dorian Gray, drawn into smeared clay
Dorian Gray, allowed to gradually dry out

Dorian Gray, allowed to gradually dry out some more

clay print onto carved plaster (clay casting slip), unfired

clay print onto carved plaster, oxides added and fired 

clay print onto carved plaster, oxides added and fired 

oxides onto rolled out clay and scaffitto

drawing/carving into plaster

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Ceramics textures

Having a play with stretching out painted oxide patterns on rolled out clay and pressing into moulds.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Workshop making clay mice

Thrilled to run a drop-in mouse-making workshop for children last Saturday at Bolton Museum, as part of the opening of their new exhibition, 'Animals and Us'. The exhibition features Leopold the mascot mouse (drawn and designed by me in black and white).

We made over 60 little mice, using self-hardening clay, string, pink cardboard, small hazel twigs, paper and pencils. Clay is great to use with children because it is so malleable.
Leopold the mascot mouse @annaviolet

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Illustrated exhibition opens at Bolton Museum

I am delighted to have been involved in an exciting and unusual illustration commission for Bolton Museum, including Leopold the mascot mouse. 

I provided the black and white ink line drawings for the museum’s interactive family exhibition, ‘Animals and Us’. These images were no bigger than A4-size, scanned in at high resolution and then made into vector files. 

I am impressed how Bolton Museum has had these illustrations printed onto foamboard at varying sizes, to link the exhibition together in a very graphic and fresh way. The illustrations provide the actual furniture and the setting for the displays, so the pillars, the cupboards, the fireplace and the stable door are now life-sized. 

Leopold the  mouse is child-sized on the stairway and mouse-sized elsewhere, and guides young visitors around. 

The exhibition opened to the public yesterday and will last about 18 months.