Posts Tagged 'illustrating for children'

Booked Out

One of my favourite things about being a writer and illustrator is getting the chance to speak to children about what I do. Back at school, I remember having people from different backgrounds and professions come and speak to us. I remember listening to them and having new worlds of possibilities open up in my mind.

Now, as an adult, I’ve had the tables turn as I get to go back into schools to do the talking. Yet even now I end up feeling like I’m the one getting the most from it. I continue to have my mind open up as kids ask thoughtful questions and offer me new perspectives on my work. I come away feeling inspired, with new energy for what I do.

So I’m incredibly excited to have been recently signed up by the amazing Booked Out, a speakers agency for writers, artists and thinkers. I recently popped in to visit the team in their lovely rooftop office in Prahran, Melbourne. Their website says:

Booked Out is a speakers agency for the Arts. With roots firmly planted in Australian literature, Booked Out has long-established connections with all major and independent publishers and we count some of Australia’s most popular authors among our friends and colleagues.

I love doing school visits, literary festivals and running workshops for young people. I am also doing more adult based workshops, talking about the craft of writing and illustrating for children. Check out my profile on Booked Out’s website, and if you’re ever interested in having me talk or present, please contact them.

Illustration Monday

I have recently been playing with possible illustration styles for the novel I’m currently developing through the mentorship.  I have been through about eight different styles so far, and have finally settled on something that feels most suited to the tone and feel of the story.  I have always loved manga and anime: their stylized illustrations have largely influenced my own developing style, starting back when I was a small child obsessed with ‘The Last Unicorn‘.  Certainly for this project the bold outlines and large expressive eyes and faces are really suited.  Over the years I have also been developing a love for collage – namely the bold textures and contrast you can build up using different materials.  In the image below I’ve used recycled papers, carpet, lace and even foil.  I sketched her in Corel Painter using my wacom tablet and then constructed the finished image using Photoshop.


Although I may initially work in colour, any final images in children’s novels are of course black and white.  The image seems to translate well even without the colour, however I’m still perfecting this.


I may post more as the style develops and as I design other characters.  So far I am just enjoying experimenting and am still very much in the early designing phase.

About this Blog…

A blog of ramblings about the world of writing and illustrating for children, by an author / illustrator who might just have a thing for rabbits.

Katherine's picture books, 'Squish Rabbit' and 'Brave Squish Rabbit', are out with Viking (Penguin, US) and UQP (Australia). Please e-mail if you would like her to blog about something in particular.

All text & images  Katherine Battersby

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