Rosie is mildly obsessed with Marie Curie: “I think I’ve read every book written about her!” she says. “This stems from a love of the time period – mid 1800s-early 1900s – and the imagery surrounding it. I also admire the way she approached problems and challenges.”
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Tell us a bit about yourself…
I live and work in East Yorkshire. I graduated from my Illustration degree in 2011, and I was lucky enough recently to be signed with the Bright Group Illustration Agency so I am on my way little by little to my dream career in children’s illustration!
I still work part-time in a clothes shop so I can fund my Waterstones habit. I spend my summer holidays in Sweden playing with my three younger siblings in lakes and forests. I love tea (naturally – I’m a creative professional!) and I have a passion for history, the theatre and space travel. I am slightly obsessed with Marie Curie…
What are your inspirations?
Nothing inspires me like a little adventure, and they happen every day! I draw lots of inspiration from everyday life. I am very inspired when I talk to little children too; they say the most interesting things and I get so many ideas for illustrations from them.
What is your favourite piece of work you have produced?
Hmm… that is a tough one! I don’t really have a favourite piece in particular although I tried to include my favourite ones in this feature. I end up liking the illustrations that were hardest to get right because I learn more from them for next time!
Who is your favourite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?
Goodness, I have lots! A mixture of fine artists and illustrators make up my favourites; I love the work of Brett Helquist, Tim Burton, Emily Gravett, Andy Warhol and Toulouse Lautrec. My favourite painting is Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.
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