This is so much fun!

Magpie That

Here is my interview with Penny Neville Lee, the illustrator behind the hashtag colour_collective.

What is your background in illustration?

I studied Painting at the Royal College of Art and spent the last ten years or so making large oil paintings. Looking back on them now it’s easy to see where the illustration stems from as they were all quite driven by stories and narratives. When my son was born in 2010, my work naturally shifted away from the studio to something more domestic. It sounds obvious, but it was something of a eureka moment when I realised I didn’t have to make large scale work anymore and I could just make work that I enjoyed and made me happy.

How long have you been using twitter?

I’m a relative newbie really. I joined last year and started using it in earnest around August. I was encouraged by fellow RCA…

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Not feeling creative?

If you’re not feeling creative try not to stress about it. I waste half a day looking for excuses as to why I’m feeling this way instead of just sitting down and doing. Once you sit down and pick up a pencil just start drawing lines, think playful, think goofing off or doodling. At least you’re doing something and usually when I do this, something usually starts flowing and I’m creating again. You just have to stop over-thinking and just start.

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The Children’s Book Academy

This will be my first time taking the below linked course, but I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about it! I’m sure that’s true after just finishing up The Craft and Business of Illustrating Children’s Picture Books with Dr. Mira Reisberg and Kristine Brogno from Chronicle Books. This course was AMAZING!! I absolutely loved it and can in no way put a price on all the valuable information I learned or the wonderful friendships I’ve made along the way.