A Case of Pencil People

Un-commissioned | New Talent

Why did you make this work:
This is a project I made about my beloved pencil case that I lost on a cold day in November. It's an experimental children's book/graphic novel in which you read how I lost the case and who might have found it, based on true events. A story about how creativity can flourish from having a messy mind. Made for a brief on my MA to make a sequential work in any way, shape or form.

How was the illustration used:
The illustration is used in different ways. Firstly to visually tell the story of how I lost my pencil case through a little comic. Secondly it shows my imagination, the people I imagine that may have found it and how they might use it in the pencils. And thirdly the book is in itself an illustration of a pencil case. The project plays with the balance of what is fiction and what is reality.

How did you make this work:
I made the images using a risograph printer. Every pencil stands for a certain person and color so I thought using the bold shades of the riso suits the concept of the book. I played a lot with the overlays to create different colors and tonal ranges. Making the actual book was quite a technical challenge. I did a lot of trials to see how the folding and the binding would work best.

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Cambridge School of Art
MA Children's Book Illustration
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Currently Based:
The Netherlands

Hello! I'm Roozeboos, an illustrator from the Netherlands who likes to look for the poetry in the world around her. My work can be described as playful, detailed, full color and carefully balancing between sentiment and humor. I am inspired by little unexpected moments of kindness, observational drawings, nature and my own childhood memories. In 2017 I graduated from a Bachelor in Illustration at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and I just finished an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. I love coffee, digging for second hand treasures, wrapping presents and singing in the shower. In 2019 my work 'The Time Machine' was 'Highly Commended' in the Experimental category of the World Illustration Awards.