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My name is Siân and I am a children’s book illustrator. I use scratchy ink nibs and delicate watercolours to create lively, quirky characters. I am never happier than when going out on sketching expeditions to draw animals and children. I also find inspiration in my love of comedy, history, puppets and theatre.

I am a resident artist at the Almshouse studios, Milton Keynes Arts Centre, and a graduate of the acclaimed Children’s Book Illustration M.A. at Cambridge School of Art.

For literary work, I am proud to be represented by Felicity Trew at the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency. View my portfolio on their website.

I have a proven ability to deliver high quality creative work to tight deadlines.

Qualifications and Skills
  • Illustration: watercolour, ink, pencil, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.
  • Sequential visual storytelling. Integrating text and image, effective use of layout and page turns.
  • Appropriate written content targeted at children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1/2.
  • Client-focused. Conscientious, prompt, close attention to detail.
  • Hand-lettering, paper-cutting, cards, decorating dolls houses.
  • Puppetry: projected line art, shadow, found object, rod, marionette and glove (courses and showcases at Little Angel Theatre, Islington).
  • DBS-checked, Child Protection and Safeguarding trained (2016).

Education
  • Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University – M.A. Children’s Book Illustration
  • Milton Keynes College – Foundation Diploma Art and Design
  • University College London – B.A. Hons. History of Art