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polly noakes
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Freelance illustrator
Freelance illustrator

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Mono printing and creative mess...
I have been experimenting with mono print this week, making marks and seeing what evolves.  I have picked up and put down mono printing for years. My initial images were dancers when I first studied at Cambridge School of Art years ago.  After busy months l...

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Bring me sunshine...
Working with these colours was a welcome break from the grey days full of rain.  Here it is the peacock illustration in progress and some of the tools of my trade. Hydrus inks, wax crayons and good quality heavy blotting paper. The first ink wash is down an...

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Merry Christmas illustration...
Merry Christmas! In September the  House of Illustration  in London, asked if I would contribute to their  advent calendar this year. Laura Carlin   illustrated the front whilst some wonderful illustrators  contributed images for the days. I had great fun c...

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Sketches on a train...
Last week I spent a day out of jeans and muddy wellies, put on my smart clothes, left my husband in charge of our new dog (the scruff bag Bertie)  and went to London to meet my agent Elizabeth Roy .  I sat tentatively as she expertly scanned my text for a b...

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Octobers blog is finally up!

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Illustrations and memories
This is a  weeny corner of a project I have been working with the help of an editor.  Like certain pieces of music  can evoke  memories, the textures I created by hand for this image will always remind me of my current home and 2015. Our old, scarred choppi...

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What's the most musical part of a fish?
I always enjoy starting a new story. Recently I went to the Bournemouth Oceanarium to sketch characters for my new picture book,  a fishy tale set in the Indian Ocean. Luckily they had a model for the little chap who is the central character- an Angelfish. ...

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Fifteen  copies of my dummy books made and three X portfolios later - yes it must be the  Bologna Children's Book Fair . Here, book deals are brokered, international editions sold and hundreds of illustrators hawk their portfolios around to show art directo...

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Fifteen  copies of my dummy books made and three X portfolios later - yes it must be the  Bologna Children's Book Fair . Here, book deals are brokered, international editions sold and hundreds of illustrators hawk their portfolios around to show art directo...

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End of the year... new times ahead.
Here is a little section of new work I did yesterday  ... don't ask why she has a frog on her head! And a monkey character  from a picture book I recently wrote. I am due to
graduate soon from the   MA in Children’s
Book Illustration at Cambridge School of ...
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