Elizabeth Gunby [buskitten]
What is your specialty in illustration?
I specialise in illustration for children, using coloured pencils, as I'm scared of paint!
What are your regular clients like? What do they expect from you?
Wow! I wish I had some regular clients! I am starting back in illustration after many years, and I've yet to get any clients! I hope that will change soon though!
Is there a web address where we can see some of your work?
You can check me out here
Have you completed formal art studies, or are you self-taught?
Yep, I completed formal Art School Training, and graduated in 1984 (Zoiks! A long time ago!) with BA (hons) in Graphic Design.
How did you get your first full assignment? What did it involve?
I illustrated two postcards for the company 'Artists Cards', they were based on the writings of A A Milne.
What past or present day illustrators do you admire most?
I love the classic work of E H Sheppard, Arthur Rackham and Nicola Bayley. I also love Jackies Morris, Joel Stewart and Lynne Chapman. There are a lot of seriously talented artists out there!
How similar are your current drawings to those you did as a child?
Er, well, I think they've come on a bit! ( I certainly hope they have!) I still have the same sense of silliness though, I think.
What was your favorite comic book as a child?
Superhero Graphic novels, and Bunny Cuddles who lived at Hotel Jampot.
Do you have a particular style, or does it vary a lot?
My style is very distinctive, quite tight drawing and shading with cross hatching - I am the Cross-Hatching Queen! I like little details and fiddlywiddly bits and bobs!
What is hardest to draw?
Big scenes with loads of background details. I can't draw fairys ( I've just tried, and my fairy is horrible!) Actually, I can't draw loads of things, which is probably why I'm not atall famous!
What type of music do you listen to while you work?
I'm a Radio 4 girl, me! BBC Radio 4, real British stuff!
Do you have a favorite work of art?
Hmmm, that's a good question.... probably something by Henri Rousseau if I had to choose.
What do you do when a client simply says "I don't like it"?
I would have a nervous breakdown and not go out of the house for weeks (this is true)
What new techniques have you been experimenting with lately?
Nothing really, I'm a bit set in my ways and just like to keep drawing and colouring in... I did do a lino-cut last year.....
What part of your work do you do on paper and what part digitally?
I do it all on paper then just scan it on my pc; I'm rubbish at computers amd don't understand all this Quark and Photoshop stuff.
What research do you do for your illustrations?
It used to be loads of books and hours at the library, but now it's mostly Google images and from life.
Do you have colleagues with whom you share techniques, tricks, ideas, etc.?
Nope, I'm a hermit and I like it that way. I do use some on-line forums though.
Do you have any specific goals as an illustrator?
I would just love to make it somehow - to get something, anything commissioned. My dream upon all dreams is for my book, 'Fluffville' to find a publisher instead of all the rejection letters.
What illustration web sites do you frequent?
The AOI dot com. Good peeps and good advice there.
What are you working on now?
My blog and Tiddles stuff (see my blog to find out who Tiddles is!)
What advice do you have for someone who likes to draw and would like to make a living from it?
Focus and work hard; don't get distracted, work as hard as you can!