Lydia Mary
Let's Find Out About: Cormorants

Children's Publishing

Un-commissioned | New Talent

Why did you make this work:
This project was made as part of my final project on my Children's Book Illustration Masters programme. I created the brief myself, inspired by a summer spent in the Scottish highlands and a newfound fascination for coastal birds, in particular cormorants and shags. I wanted to indulge in this interest and spotlight this strange and fascinating bird and create playful yet informative images.

How was the illustration used:
A non-fiction zine for children.

How did you make this work:
The initial artwork for this project was based on observational studies and drawing from memory. After sketching I began to give the birds more character and place them in different situations and environments. To create the final artwork I scanned in hand-drawn line elements and hand-made monoprint textures into a digital format where I manipulated, coloured and composed the artwork.

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Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University.
MA Children's book illustration.
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Currently Based:
Cambridge, UK

Lydia is an illustrator and picturebook maker currently based in Cambridge, UK. She has recently graduated with a Master's in Children's Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art, where she explored a variety of mediums and techniques. Lydia also has a background in printed textiles and surface design which still heavily influences her practice.