Ruth Waters
Lost Dog

Children's Publishing

Un-commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
Up until recently I had always been working with a wide range of colours so, for this project, I wanted to challenge myself to create a set of illustrations using just two-colours. I also wanted to tell a story and set of emotions which didn’t require any accompanying text. The idea for the story came to me as I am desperate to own my own dog… so I’m hoping dreams really do come true!

How was the illustration used:
The intended use of these illustrations was initially for my portfolio. However, I do hope to develop the tale and, equally, continue to work with a limited colour palette - as I'm enjoying the use of one bold colour to communicate important elements of a story.

How did you make this work:
My technique is collage and I work with paper which I paint using acrylic and a roller. Firstly, I made each element of the illustrations by hand (i.e. the dog, a rain drop, a puddle etc). I then scanned these in and pieced them together on the computer to create the final illustration.

Commissioner Name :
Myself, Ruth Waters, for my portfolio.

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Currently Based:
United Kingdom.

Ruth Waters creates children's illustrations using collage. Made by hand, she paints, cuts and layers paper to make unique, colourful and fun pictures. She has written and illustrated three picture books, the most recent being 'Love From Australia'. Ruth lives near Brighton, UK, having recently returned from Australia. Ruth is represented by the Bright Agency.