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Thursday 16 November 2017

Meet the Illustrator: Kerry Anne Jordinson

Describe your illustration style in ten words or less.
Whimsical, uncluttered and sometimes humorous.

What items are an essential part of your creative space?
Good music, family photos, a lovely view outside my window and a modicum of tidiness.
Do you have a favourite artistic medium?
Presently; line and wash sketches especially in a visual diary. I like to always learn about new mediums and as I become confident in them I keep developing my own style.

Name three artists whose work inspires you.
E H Shepard, Degas, & Freya Blackwood. Each time I look at their artwork I see something new and beautiful and different in it.

Which artistic period would you most like to visit and why?
The Impressionists--they were brave enough to break through artistic and social barriers, lived in Paris and looked like they had a lot of fun too!

Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator?
Encouragement from my parents to keep drawing throughout my whole life, my four gorgeous children who keep me young at heart and changed the way I saw the world (even though I am a granny). Book illustration was a bit of a lucky accident. One day a few years ago I said to a friend, ‘You write a book and I’ll illustrate it!’ We self-published three books that sold over 20,000 copies. Now I write and illustrate my own stories, when possible. It is a dream come true.

Can you share a photo of your creative work space or part of the area where you work most often? Talk us through it.
My work-space overlooks a tropical garden (I live in Broome). There are paintbrushes and photos and art-work from other people and myself. Even very small bits of paper with colour and draft drawings, loads of pencils and pens and paper. I love little inspirational sayings, some are stuck to my walls too.

What is your favourite part of the illustration process?
When I have finished the final pencil drawing and I just have to paint. When all the background work is all done--research, composition, colours, drafts, drafts and more drafts… 

What advice would you give to an aspiring illustrator?
To keep drawing and tackle challenging subject matter! Extend yourself! Get constructive honest criticism. And most importantly, keep developing your OWN style and don’t try to copy anyone else.

Singapore-born and UK-raised, Kerry Anne Jordinson is a West Australian artist and children’s book illustrator and author. She paints across a wide range of media. Kerry Anne has a grown-up family and teaches art to adults and children. Her paintings are found in homes and businesses around the world. 
You can follow Kerry Anne on facebook and instagram or visit her website for more information.