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Thursday 11 August 2016

Meet the Illustrator: Christina Booth

digital illustration workspace

Describe your illustration style in ten words or less.
Fun, earthy, realistic and a mix of contemporary and traditional.

What items are an essential part of your creative space?
Creating uninterrupted, cups of tea, and birds outside singing.

painting desk

Do you have a favourite artistic medium?
No, they are all fun. I like discovering new ones.

Name three artists whose work inspires you.
Shaun Tan, Armin Gredder and Ian Fairweather.

Which artistic period would you most like to visit and why?
The Expressionistic period: because it's when art began to speak.

Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator?
My family (lots of encouragement and support), my art teachers.

Can you share a photo of your creative work space or areas where you work most often?
I have a large space, all light, messy and airy.

writing space

What is your favourite part of the illustration process?
Apart from finishing and standing back, the sketching up stage.

What advice would you give to an aspiring illustrator?
Keep on swimming, swimming, swimming (and develop a rhinoceros hide!).

Christina's latest book, Too Many Sheep, is out now! Learn more about her fabulous books at her website.

Christina works from her Launceston studio overlooking a lake and a variety of wildlife. She illustrates her own books and great stories for other authors. A number of her books have won awards including Kip (Windy Hollow Books), the story of a noisy rooster living in the city, which won an Honour Book Award in the 2010 CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) Book of the Year Awards and Welcome Home (Ford Street Publishing), the story of a whale as she returns to her ancestors home, which won the Environmental Award for Children's Literature in 2014.