Dave Mckean is one of my constant influences so I took inspiration from looking specifically at his graphic illustrations for children's books before creating my own.
I am inspired by Mckean's mixed media approach to illustration, the perfect layout of his pages and his ability to make an image appear childish, sophisticated, messy and beautiful at the same time.
Eric Carle is an acclaimed children's writer and illustrator. His best-known work, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' has been translated into more than 45 languages and sold over 30 million copies. Since 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 90 million copies of his books have been sold around the world. Eric Carle’s art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension—die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in 'The Very Lonely Firefly' even the lifelike sound of a cricket’s song as in 'The Very quiet Cricket' - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers.
I was influenced by Carle's use of collage to create images that appeal to children and his ability to create personality in a very simple face. I was also inspired by his use of bright colours and the incredibly jolly feel to his images.