I had just finished an intensive five-week class about illustrating children’s books with Art Director Zoë Tucker and agent Lilla Rogers, when I was commissioned by words&pictures (and imprint of Quarto) to illustrate a picture book for them. A beautiful and heart warming story by Corrinne Averiss about a little girl and her grandmother and the nature of happiness and empathy.
I also had to think about how I would illustrate joy, an abstract feeling that means different things for everyone. I ended up exploring abstract shapes and colours that changed slightly with every joyful experience of the main character. Brian Wildsmith and Björn Wiinblad and their exuberant use of colour were a big influence for me.