Cathy Eliot
Blackberry Season

Children's Publishing

Un-commissioned | New Talent

Why did you make this work:
This is a project I created for my MA in children's picturebook illustration. I wanted to explore the poetic, fragmented experience of losing someone important, and how going into nature can help us heal. The book explores the cyclical rhythm of a garden, showing us that as time moves forward we can learn to cope with great sadness. I hope the illustrations envelope the reader in a dreamy beauty.

How was the illustration used:
Children's Picturebook

How did you make this work:
I created the image by first drawing in Procreate, in three layers, coloured yellow, aqua and green. I then printed the image onto watercolour paper and added washes and strokes of acryla gouache.

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Anglia Ruskin
MA Children's Book Illustration
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Cathy Eliot is an illustrator with a particular love for all things green and growing. As a keen gardener, she hopes her books convey how magical it feels to be surrounded by nature, and encourage people to get out there and get their hands in the dirt too! She uses primarily acryla-gouache, combined with pencil or digital line-work, to create a soft sense of light and the textures of nature.