The Magic Plate Stories, Minerva Press
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Another golden oldie!

The Magic Plate Stories was another book I illustrated back in prehistoric Britain! As part of my golden oldie week on Facebook I shared a video about this project. The video is included in this post too. And yes, I did that because my cat, Lois, destroyed a hard-drive with the only copies of the original illustrations on it! I wish he’d stop trying to emulate Batman. Children, hey, what can you do?

This was a wonderful, little book based around a collection of short stories involving a menagerie of animals. My favourite thing to draw. I’ve added some stills to this post from the video, which are a little wobbly, but I tried my best.

The Black and White Era

In those days I did quite a lot of black and white work – in ink too! I no longer work with pen and ink, because I found it a little restrictive and I wanted my style to be looser and more sketchy, which it is now. Having said that, I’d LOVE to illustrate a children’s book in black and white at some point, as it would give me the opportunity to find a new way to create that black and white look. That kind of illustration work is very popular in children’s fiction, mainly novels, so things like Horrid Henry, anything Roald Dahl and the Lemony Snicket books. There are hundreds more, of course, but I’ll run out of web space listing them.

Captain Underpants

Illustrations like this can make a huge difference and some children’s fiction rely on them so much that in some cases they have equal importance as the text. The Captain Underpants series and The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books being very good examples. They are so helpful to reluctant readers and encourage them to go on to read more complex, text driven story books.

See more videos on my Facebook page here.

Lyn Stone
Birchington-on… UK
Tel: 01843846956

Freelance Artist / Illustrator (Traditional and Digital). I have been an illustrator for many years, working with publishers, editorial, advertising, theatres, and even a pub (n… Show more.

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The work she produces is, of course, delightful and speaks for itself; but I was also impressed with her professionalism in firstly explaining to me exactly what the process was of commissioning her, and the way she produced the work well within the time frame she had said. Throughout, she was most obliging in incorporating adjustments or re-drafts I requested, and she was always so pleasant and helpful that I felt I was dealing with a personal friend. I would have no hesitation in asking her to illustrate for me again, or in recommending her to someone else. And she's fun
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