Author - Illustrator - Ceramist
I love picture books, paints and pencils and playing with clay. I use a mix of media in my illustrations, but watercolour and, more recently, digital are central. My favourite illustrators include Freya Blackwood, Lisbeth Zwerger, David Roberts and Ayano Imai.
At an early age I knew I wanted to write and illustrate picture books. Then, during a Visual Arts degree, I fell in love with Ceramics and spent the next 20 years covered in clay. I rediscovered drawing in 2014 when I joined an online illustration challenge. Six months later I was offered my first illustration contract with Koala Books for ‘Two Birds on a Wire’ (by Coral Vass). Inspired to start writing, in 2015 and 2016 I entered and won the CYA illustrated manuscript competition. ‘Kate and the Thing’ (2018, Wombat Books) was my first book as both author and illustrator. 'Six Sleepy Mice' (August 2019, Little Pink Dog Books) will be my second.
'Six Sleepy Mice' has been an absolute joy to write and illustrate. Due out August 2019 with Little Pink Dog Books.
I'm always keen to chat about anything to do with illustrating, writing, and ceramics. If you'd like to get in touch, please message me on my Facebook page.
© Heidi Smith 2019