A showcase of Australian Children's Book Illustrators who have appeared in the Industry Newsletter PASS IT ON
Friday, February 3, 2012
Anne Shenfield PIO issue 273 Dec 2009
What's this illustration for?
It’s a picture of a dog being sent to outer space from my children’s book Scribble Sunset, which was published by Hachette in 2008.
Do you have to wait for a flash of inspiration?
I try to approach whatever it is I’m working on, by not consciously forcing things into place, but trying to be more like a child at play. I try to trust this process and believe that solutions present themselves, but sometimes it requires a fair degree of patience.
How did you get your start as an illustrator?
I worked as an animator for a long time though I always wanted to write and illustrate books. It hasn’t been easy making the transition, but I was very lucky to be supported by an ASA mentorship with Sally Rippin, who was remarkably generous and supportive.
Who or what has influenced your work?
I love Antoine St Exupery’sThe Little Prince, I find myself returning to it every so often. I also love Maira Kalman’s books and Candian animator Caroline Leaf; as well as lots of contemporary poets and authors.
What's your favourite media for creating pictures?
I really love how luminous watercolours can be.
Do you experience illustrator's block - if so, what do you do about it?
Yes I think it’s part of the process, but sometimes it feels insurmountable. There’s not much I do other than wait it out, and try to trust that it’s a necessary evil… alternatively walking my dog sometimes helps.
What's the worst thing about being a freelancer?
And the best?
I like the illusion that I’m in control of what I’m doing.