| New TalentBrief:
I set myself a brief to write and illustrate a picture book called Fly. Fly is the story of a girl who loves to fix things, so when she finds a bird with a broken wing she’s sure she can fix him too. I wanted to use colour and perspective to show how the main character is feeling - first sadness when being told her bird might not fly again, and then hope as they soar through the sky together.
I spent a lot of time researching and sketching rare and colourful birds for this book. While the story is fiction, I wanted the reader to be able to learn about amazing birds that exist in our world. Designing the way the main character looked and moved was also very important - I wanted her to feel curious and clever while still being vulnerable and human.
I’m Jess McGeachin, an author and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. I’ve always loved to draw, and it’s a passion that’s led me through a career in graphic design to now writing and illustrating my own picture books. I’m endlessly curious about the natural world, an interest that’s aided by my day job as a designer for Melbourne Museum.