You’ve had a wide-ranging career working on some really popular TV shows and projects. Do you have an absolute favourite?
I worked as an animator on Dangermouse, Count Duckula, Alias the Jester and the B.F.G . When I first went freelance I worked on editorial commissions on a monthly basis – Perfect Home magazine and a pregnancy magazine called First Steps, I illustrated a diary page for them about being pregnant and I’ve never had children so I had to use my imagination!! Then I met my partner Phil McMylor who worked at Cosgrove as animator and studio manager. Phil also wrote a few children’s stories so I put a few dummies together and started going to publishers. A Roar for Stanley was published by Walker books then A Fiddling we shall go – with Scholastic, Get Out of my Bath – again with Scholastic.
I also started to illustrate for other writers and illustrated lots of the Walker/Saisbury books. However I love developing my own characters and stories and started to get interested in novelty books. I was then approached by a lovely book packer Oyster books which was run by the late Jenny Wood. At the same time I took on black and white commissions. Minibeasts a collection of poems was compiled by Robert Fisher was published by Faber and Faber. I also did lots of educational books for Oxford University Press.
I took out a page in Contact Illustrators and then I got my work seen by more art directors and this is when Vicki Willden- Lebrecht saw my work and asked me to join The Bright Agency. Lucie Luddington is my main agent and she works very hard for me which allows me to create pictures, drink tea and eat biscuits all day !
I really enjoyed working on my novelty book Big Bird and Little Bird (published by Tango books) and Too Loud (Hodder) both which I wrote. I’ve just finished a picture book with Hinkler in Australia called Nanooka’s Magical Garden. It’ll be published in 2013. I love developing my ideas with publishers and it’s a wonderful feeling seeing them published. I’m very much looking forward to The Fairy Tea Party pop-up/ pop-out novelty book, developed by Bag of Badgers ( a book packer) to be published in the U.K later this year. It’s already published in Italy. I’m very much enjoying the books I’m working on at the moment. (via Interview with Published Illustrator and Printmaker Kay Widdowson « Business Boom Bolton)