Illustrations 1

This is the illustration style that appears in my children's books and is based on the simple paintings that I did in Africa during my childhood. The simple colour palette of just two or three bright colours, teamed with black and white, to make the colours sing, is also typically African in inspiration. Even the very simple textured paper background, in particular my favourite brown parcel/Kraft paper represents something African - the colour of earth. 

I use mostly acrylics and sometimes household emulsion paint. I use cheap brushes and a dry-brush technique to achieve textures such as fur or fuzz. Even on flat areas of colour, I think it is good for the brush strokes to show up and give the image some energy and life. I like to leave plenty of space around images too, which is useful for the text in my books.

Movement, energy, colour, texture and simplicity are the hallmarks of these illustrations.

Monkey in Insect Beam

Monkey in Insect Beam

Acrylics on Kraft Paper Board

Baby Birds Nesting

Baby Birds Nesting

Acrylics on Kraft Paper Board

Daddy's Little Monkey

Daddy's Little Monkey

Acrylics on Kraft Paper Board

Splitter Splatter

Splitter Splatter

Acrylics on Kraft Paper Board

Mimi and Miranda Picking

Mimi and Miranda Picking

Acrylics on Hand Made Paper

Chicky Chicky Chook Chook

Chicky Chicky Chook Chook

Endpaper Design
Acrylics on Kraft Paper Board

Spooky Bat and Moon

Spooky Bat and Moon

Acrylics on Kraft Paper Board

De-Wop-Do-Wah

De-Wop-Do-Wah

Acrylics and Emulsion on Kraft Paper Board

Beetle Boogie Band

Beetle Boogie Band

Acrylics and Emulsion on Kraft Paper Board

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