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IDI’s illustration programme has continuously brought forward creative challenges to inform, shape and strengthen my own personal style while allowing me to combine three of my passions: art, storytelling, and children.

Much of my work has focused on illustration for book publishing, particularly the children’s and middle-grade sectors. Here I showcase a full cover binding and three interior illustrations for the novel Howl’s Moving Castle (my entry for the Folio Society and House of Illustration Competition 2018), an illustration of children playing in an attic submitted to the 2018 Cheltenham Illustration Awards, a book cover for Ella Enchanted, and a full cover binding for Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

My final major project, a self-created brief based on the theme “making the ordinary extraordinary,” is the product of extensive research into historical events, contemporary illustration, and the target middle-grade audience. It entails three front cover illustrations for a historical fiction series about ordinary children living at important events in Canadian history: the Exile of the Acadians, the Klondike Gold Rush, and Hurricane Hazel.

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