Outside of her work, Katie loves camping, the great outdoors and watersports. ‘I also like collecting picture books,’ she says, ‘and eating lots of cheese…’
Find out more below.
I am a freelance illustrator, freshly graduated from the Arts University College at Bournemouth. Originally from Cumbria, I spent my childhood in Dorset, where disappointingly it never snowed, but living by the sea definitely made up for this.
I like adventures, and traveling around in our trusty campervan Bernard; I find lots of inspiration in the outdoors.
I enjoy drawing people and animals, and developing characters is probably my favourite thing to do. I spend a lot of time in pet shops, obsessing over small furry creatures.
What are your inspirations?
As well as finding inspiration in the wilderness, I am fascinated by people, and can often be a bit too nosy. I also really enjoy learning about cultures that are not my own. I love creating detailed patterns, and usually turn to textiles for inspiration.
What’s your favourite piece of work you produced?
Sasha’s School Trip (below) is a picture book that I have recently created. I wanted to spend my final term at university drawing things I found interesting, so chose to illustrate a book about a school trip to a stately home. It was a fun project to work on, I was so absorbed in creating this story, I was a bit sad once it was finished.
Who is your favourite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?
I feel very lucky to have been tutored by Salvatore Rubbino. His work is fresh and eye catching. I could spend hours getting lost in the pages of his picture books, there is always so much detail. I’m also a big fan of both Oliver Jeffers and David Roberts.
All images © Katie Rewse. To view the images in clearer detail, click on them.