I am ridiculously excited about today's interview with the incredible Ellie Sandall. Her picture books are firm favourites in our house and I'm all a flutter at having her join me on the blog!
How did you first get into the children's book world? Did you study illustration?
I studied graphic design at Bath Spa University, and really enjoyed the illustration module I did there. Through this I became interested in illustrating specifically for children and so I went on to achieve a masters degree in children's book illustration at Cambridge School of Art. The course had really close links with the publishing industry and so I was able to make some good contacts, and it all went from there!
As well as illustrating, I teach art part time in a primary school- it's a nice job as I love interacting with the children, and I have a captive audience to run new book ideas past! So far I have written my books as well as illustrated them, though I would be open to collaborating with another author.
Thank you so much for joining me on the blog today Ellie. You are such an inspiration, and so incredibly talented!
If you fancy checking out more of Ellie's work you can find her on...
And you can find the other Illustrator Interviews here.
P.S. Apologies for my slow blogging lately, I'm drowning in a sea of birthday's, birthday parties, bubble wrap, and boxes. Normal service will resume soon!