As some of you will know, I have recently been involved in a uTales collaboration project that included over 30 authors and illustrators from 15 nations. Claudia is one of the many delightful artists I have come to know through this project.
Ten for Starters
Thank you Joanna! Chuffed to have this opportunity!
What’s your nationality and where do you live?
I was born in South Africa and now live in Israel with my hubby and my 4 very energetic kids…oh & my father was Swiss, and my grandmother a gypsy J
How do these cultures influence your art?
Everything helps build the colorful tapestry of life! I love colors, patterns & textures and both these countries provide a rich ethnic treasure kist!
Illustrator or author/illustrator?
In my head I write all day, but when it comes to putting it on paper, well lets say I illustrate!…
Tell us a little of your beginnings as an artist.
I have always loved to draw and paint! I remember as a kid I used to teach my 4 year old neighbor art and together we used to hold exhibitions in my back garden. Both my parents always believed in me and always encouraged & supported me!
What is your favorite medium for your artwork?
I love the radiant colors of inks (I still have some of my Dr. Martin watercolor inks from college days-which I treasure!)Then I have my cherished CARAN d’ACHE pastels & pencils (a gift from my lovely cousin in Switzerland), good old gouache and of course my camera & Photoshop for my textures & patterns.
I know you are not only a children’s book illustrator. What other forms does your art take?
Yes!I I do have my own line of clothing & accessories for “the young at heart” called Cloudscape Designs where I hand paint each & every garment & canvas, …you are welcome to view at : http://cloudscapedesign.weebly.com
I also worked many years designing greeting cards for Palphot & socks for Yodfat.
What books (or authors and illustrators) influenced your childhood?
I must confess I read fairytales ’til high school…Winnie the Pooh …and The Faraway Tree
I am still a sucker for buying children’s books …
What with living in Israel & the books being in Hebrew I go a little nuts in a bookshop overseas!
When my 4th child was born I was saved by the tower of amazing & wonderful kiddies books next to my bed! In moments of chaos we would (all 4 of my kids & I) pile onto my bed & discover the wonderful power of reading & story telling & enjoy the wonderful illustrations!
Are you involved at all in eBook or App illustration?
Yes! I was fortunate enough to work together with over 30 illustrators & authors of uTales on an ABC book: http://utales.com/books/the-friendship-alphabet a wonderful experience! Together with the wonderful author Sandra Hershenson we did “A”.
I am also about to finish illustrating one with the lovely and renowned author Enid Richemont .It’s called “More” and it’s filled with my love for pattern & colour…and food!
Along with a couple more in the pipeline with uTales: http://utales.com/books
What does your work space look like? (photo if you like??)
I am very blessed in having a studio upstairs in our house(in South Africa I had my dinning room table-which was also fun!), overlooking the beautiful Israeli hilly, rocky terrain… ,but right now due to an incredible amount of deadlines it’s a real mess!
Can you share a piece or two with us, and the process of producing them?
I would love to!
1-Here is a picture from “More”
We see the Maharajah looking at all the food with delight
I spent week’s just researching (one of my favorite things to do!) Indian clothes, patterns, people…photographing material, food & spices. Then I did thumbnails ,larger sketches & finally the drawing on good paper. I painted most of the picture with gouache. On Photoshop I added all my photography(the curtains from my house),textures & patterns…and because it’s a eBook I got to add effects & sounds(great fun!)
2-Here is a picture from a series of paintings that I’ve done called: “Animal Healing”
This particular one is called “Inner- Self” I researched all the animals that have some sort of magic powers; each animal represents some sort of healing power and self awareness. It is painted with my inks & shaded with my pencils & pastels and finally text added in on Illustrator.
3-and finally my “Relaxing Mom”
This I painted for a competition for “They Draw & Cook” a fantastic site. http://www.theydrawandcook.com the subject was “Pretty Eating”-so I decided to go for the “beauty from within” concept!
Using my love for collage I had great fun making this, and even was one of the 5 runner- ups! all very exciting!
Five Fun ones to Finish?
Is there anywhere in the world you would like to live for a season?
What word best sums you up?
Cats or dogs?
We have 2 cats that think they’re dogs (raised by our “terrier” Sparky), and Sparky, bless him, being the same size & color as our chickens (12of them!) Is not sure what he is!?
What do you do for non-art related relaxation?
Coffee (or beer) with girl friends, cooking and yes I’m a self proclaimed second hand shop junkie!
If you could spend a day with one children’s book character, with whom would that be?
Without a doubt Lola from” Lola & Charlie”
I so enjoyed having you on the blog. I am ready to buy a plane ticket to Israel to hang with you, hubby, four kids, 12 chickens, 2 cats and Sparky. You sound like such a fun, creative, energetic family!
I love the detail you manage to accomplish in your work without it ever feeling crowded. I noticed this already on your “A” page with Sandi. I hope I shall get to work with you one day. To your Success!
Do Check out Claudia’s work: