Catherine McArdle
Give Me 5 Reasons Why I Can't Get a Goat

Children's Publishing

Un-commissioned | New Talent

Why did you make this work:
This work was for the diploma project for The Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge School of Art) MA Children's Book Illustration. We were set an open brief to create a picture book for children. I was inspired by my 10 year old daughter's longing to have a goat. Sadly I can't give her a goat, but I can give her a book about a goat.

How was the illustration used:
The main intended use is for the diploma project at university, but in the future I am hopeful that this will be published.

How did you make this work:
The illustrations were screenprinted at home, by painting directly onto the screen with drawing fluid.

Commissioner Name :
Elys Dolan, tutor, (college brief)
Commissioner Company :
Anglia Ruskin University

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Anglia Ruskin Illustration (Cambridge School of Art)
MA Children's Book Illustration
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Currently Based:
United Kingdom

Catherine McArdle did her undergraduate degree in Graphic Design at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and graduated in 1996. Since then she has been working as a graphic designer in London, more recently as a self-employed freelancer. Her love of words, images and making stories led her to start a part-time masters degree in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University in 2018 and she will graduate in 2021. Catherine lives in London with her husband and two children, aged 11 and 14 who inspire her work. When she is not drawing and designing she loves to read, knit, bake and cycle.