I’ve been reading David Almond since I stumbled across his novel ‘Clay’ a few years ago. His work is full of wonderful motifs; birds, flight, creation, imagination, magic and human experience. I then read ‘Clay’ to my son who was just as captivated as I’d been.
‘Skellig’ is a story that stayed with me for a long time, too. It’s a book that tackles a really difficult experience from a child’s perspective. It reminded me of my own childhood, or at least my memory of how it felt to me to be that age. Life was mysterious and magical. Anything seemed possible.
In these illustrations I’ve tried to create something a child could relate to. I see Skellig as an angelic character but there are darker aspects to the story, so I’ve introduced areas of light and shade into the backgrounds.