Genevieve Aspinall
Cheesed Off!

Children's Publishing

Commissioned | New Talent

Why did you make this work:
In July 2021 I was chosen to illustrate Jake Hope's new children's book 'Cheesed Off!'. I was given the script and worked on this throughout the summer 2021 up until Christmas. In the story, the mice keep hearing humans outside the mouse hole saying 'cheese' but are disappointed when they can't seem to find any cheese. Eventually, the mice join in with the humans in eating cheesecake.

How was the illustration used:
A children's book, published in March 2022 by UCLan Publishing, available in shops such as WHSmith, Waterstones, Amazon and Blackwells etc.

How did you make this work:
The illustrations were hand painted in gouache, then scanned in to photoshop to create the spread. I painted all the spreads as one image and made use of pencils to create shading such as shadows. I started by thumbnailing the story before deciding which compositions worked best, then creating a dummy book from this. I then painted the final spreads.

Commissioner Name :
UCLan Publishing
Commissioner Company :
UCLan Publishing
Commissioned for:
UCLan Publishing, Jake Hope (Author)

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University of Central Lancashire
MA Children's Book Illustration
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Genevieve graduated from UCLan in July 2021 with a first class degree in illustration. Throughout her degree, she discovered her love of children's book illustration and is now studying this at Master's level. Genevieve will graduate from her MA in 2023. She was commissioned to illustrate 'Cheesed Off!' by UCLan Publishing which she handpainted in gouache, the book was published in March 2022.