Rebecca Cox

Meet Rebecca Cox.

‘I’m an illustrator, explorer and fair weather girl,’ she says. Illustration aside, Rebecca’s big passion is travelling. ‘I love going to new places – the hotter and further away, the better! I’m a qualified scuba diver, so whenever I’m on holiday I spend most of my time underwater.”

Rebecca has a passion for learning new things: ‘I go rock-climbing when time allows, I love horse riding and anything that’s just a bit different!’

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I graduated from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design last year with a First class BA (hons) degree in Illustration, and I’m still persevering in trying to make a name for myself.

I work in watercolour and fine liner, and my style is delicate and detailed. This, along with my tendency to draw cute characters led me to specialise in children’s book illustration in my final year of university where I made my own picture book. I love creating stories and images that are part of a bigger picture, and my work normally has a theme of exploration, wonder and fantasy.

What are your inspirations?

I am inspired by my travels, seeing different environments and cultures gives me new ideas, along with my vast collection of picture books.

Nature is a big source of inspiration too. I enjoy creating different worlds in my images and trees and animals are almost always present so landscape and nature photography books come in useful.

What is your favourite piece of work you have produced?

My favourite piece of work is the paintings I produced when I was coming up with a new story idea – The City Penguin. They had a different subject matter to my previous work, which I enjoyed doing because they were so detailed and intricate.

Also I was very proud of my final university project where I produced a full-colour picture book, it took so long to do 16 double-page spreads but it was worth it!

Who is your favourite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?

I admire lots artists with different styles. My favourite children’s book illustrators include Oliver Jeffers and David Roberts, their work influenced the development of my style at my time in university. I love Oliver Jeffers’ colour pallette and the simplicity of his characters and his compositions, and I like the detail in David Roberts’ illustrations.

I love Govinder Nazran’s and Kim Haskins’ characterization of animals in stylised and contemporary paintings, and also Lawrence Coulson and Birim Aksuyek. Both who use colour and light to create really dramatic paintings.

Visit Rebecca’s website and blog; follow her on Twitter – @becillustration.

All images © Rebecca Cox. To view the images in clearer detail, click on them.

twitter: @becillustration

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