Just come across a new inspiration, Lauren Child’s Charlie and Lola children’s book.

Charlie and Lola

Absolutely love her use of printed textiles to create rich backgrounds and surfaces. Will look out for The Princess and the Pea.

Full interview at http://magicpencil.britishcouncil.org/artists/child/ detailing her technique:

‘I use a computer for a lot of the work. I use it more and more as I get better at it. I put together backgrounds made up of all sorts of elements – photographs, collages etc. After that I can superimpose the figures.’

‘I draw the figures in pencil. I just can’t use pen and ink. Pencil is much less inhibiting and I can rub it out if it goes wrong. I scan the pencil drawing into the computer, clean up the line, and print it in black on cartridge paper so I can continue to work on it with paints, collage or whatever. Then I cut out the figures and scan them into the computer again.’

Lauren Child’s official website: http://www.milkmonitor.com/

Interview in Saturday Telegraph – The World of… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2007/10/27/sm_laurenchild.xml