Karen Erasmus, Melbourne
2. Describe your family
I live with my husband, three fabulous, lively, hilarious daughters, and two yappy dogs.
3. Describe your work
I am a freelance children’s book illustrator. I work from home and try to avoid distractions.
4. What is your career goal?
My work seems to improve each year. I would love to carry on producing illustrations for more books. I want to work for more major publishers in partnership with established and reknowned authors.
5. Describe your art background
I completed an art and teaching degree in UK. When my children were babies I decided to do a four-year, part-time course in Illustration at Chisholm in Frankston. That got me into exhibiting and I got my first book contract with Hachette Lothian Children’s Books a year after I finished the course.
6. What do you love about the Challenge? What have you learned?
The Challenge has given me a goal and also allowed me to explore ways of working that I wouldn’t usually use in my commissioned work. I’ve been able to break away from the ‘style’ I was previously attached to. I’ve learnt to admire the craftsmanship in pop-up and paper-cut art.
7.What is your favourite illustration you have done for the challenge so far?
I decided to do each of the words as a pop-up illustration. It’s something I really love doing and it makes me look at how I’m working differently. I really enjoyed doing Shakespeare because it came together really well.
8. Tell us something that we don’t know about you
Something you didn’t know about me? This is where I should come up with something really interesting, but I’m stuck so you get this. I have a hearing impairment and love cycling. That’s two boring things, sorry.
Follow Karen online:
Red Bubble: http://www.redbubble.com/shop/karen+erasmus