Author - Illustrator - Ceramist
I love picture books, pencils and playing with clay. I use a mix of media in my illustrations, but watercolour is 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 the online ‘52 week illustration challenge’. Six months later I was offered my first illustration contract with Koala Books for ‘Two Birds on a Wire’ (by Coral Vass). This wonderful experience inspired me to start writing, and in 2015 and 2016 I won the CYA illustrated manuscript competition (aspiring). ‘Kate and the Thing’ is my first book as both author and illustrator.
Moving to a new place can be hard. Luckily for Kate she has the Thing... 'Kate and the Thing' is my first picture book as both author and illustrator - due out March 2018 with Wombat 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 2017