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Children’s Book Illustrator Josephine Dellow

Josephine Dellow is a children’s book Illustrator from Barnsley currently working towards her MA Children’s Book Illustration at University of Central Lancashire after gaining her BA Illustration from the University of Huddersfield.

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‘My career as an illustrator began after completing a work placement at Hallmark, at the same time as finishing my Illustration degree at the University of Huddersfield. For a few years, I carried on working freelance – mostly in the greetings card industry for various clients, as well as illustrating for branding, app design and personal commissions. In the last year, I have taken a permanent position at UK Greetings, where I had become a regular freelancer. During this time, I have also been studying for an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at UCLAN for the last two years, which I finish this month.’

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‘The main outcome for my MA is a book I have written and illustrated called ‘Put Your Feet Up’. Put Your Feet Up is a playful, humorous imitation of those chatty magazines that children might have seen grown ups reading. It has the usual magazine features – showbiz gossip, problem pages, fashion makeovers and advertisements – all written by – and for, of course – animals. I am excited about completing this and looking forward to sharing it with everyone.

My passion for children’s books is much fuelled by my many vivid memories with books as a child. Visiting the library, being read to at bedtimes or at school, laughing at funny details, making up my own narratives… I have strong memories of all of these things and I want so much to recreate those experiences and share what I had with other children.’

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‘In terms of the way I work, everything I do starts with line drawings. I love fineliners, pencils and drawing funny details. I usually scan drawings in and colour them digitally, adding in textures that I have made or found. I am still exploring ways to create perfect balances in my illustrations – of simplicity and detail; line and colour; handmade and digital – but I have also accepted that as an illustrator, my practice is an ongoing journey and it’s ok that there is still much more that I want to try!’

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