It's been a few months since I started my artist residency at Holland Park School, and I thought I'd share with you some of the workshops I've been running during this time. Each week I take a class of art students ranging from 11 - 14 years of age, and work with them on different projects. We are currently preparing for an exhibition next Thursday, where all of their work will be on display. 

In my first workshop, I wanted students to think about how to create an illustrated character and the different personalities they could give them. To begin, I made lots of templates of characters using watercolour paper. Students took either the positive or negative shape of the template, and painted inside (or on top) of them using ink and sponges. Once the ink was dry, they drew on top with fine black pen. I asked them to look at the shape's form and colour, and add little details like faces, features, fur and clothes.

Above you can see some of the templates I created, and a selection of student's final characters. I love the range of outcomes! It was fun and very interesting to see what everyone produced from my initial blank shapes…



Earlier this year I was asked to design and illustrate 'English for Au Pairs' by Lucy Curtis. The book serves as an entertaining guide for au pairs, and follows the story of Marta, an au pair living in England for the first time. It also doubles up as an English language book to help with au pairs who are studying for exams.

Designing this book was a big project, but one I was able to have great fun with. Lucy C's words made it easy to bring to life the world of Marta and all her new (often humorous) experiences. Above you can see the book's front and back cover design. More images of the inside coming soon, plus a closer look at some of my original illustrations!

'English for Au Pairs' is out now, published by Marion Boyars.