The Artful Doodles are the illustrators who take care of my story books.
Artful Doodlers is looked after by mother and daughter team Chrissie and Hannah Boehm.
I’ve really loved working with Chrissie and the Artful Doodlers team so decided to ask a few questions.
What made you want to illustrate books for children?
Chrissie used to illustrate herself but decided to put her paintbrush down and has been project managing and art directing ever since. She has always loved books.
How did you come up with the name ‘Artful Doodlers’?
Not my suggestion. A friend came up with it. I loved it. It has been seen as too ‘frivolous’ from more serious companies….
Where do you find illustrations and illustrators?
This is very difficult. I worked in a studio with most of them and when the studio went bust, I started up Artful Doodlers and most stuck with me.
New/younger illustrators are hard to find. I have found a couple, but most want to go to a big Agency or go it alone with their websites.
Claire studied graphic design and has been the Doodler’s resident designer for a number of years.
What sort of illustrations do you do?
Are the illustrations just for books?
Daughter Hannah became a Doodler after realising getting children to read was far more rewarding.
Books are obviously important to this team.
What were your favourite books as a child?
Chrissie’s Favourite book: Heidi. by Johanna Spyri
Hannah’s Favourite book as a child: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
Laura’s Favourite book as a child: The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey
Claire S. Favourite book as a child: The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson
When someone comes to you for an illustration what is your biggest challenge?
Finding an illustrator. Making a budget work! making sure we meet some challenging deadlines.
Do you illustrate for different genre?
We would consider anything.
What was the first story/illustrations you had published?
Personally - a series of teddy bear stories.
It was a while ago and my illustrating was never very good, so I’m blanking them out…
I hope not too much as ‘Barty Barton: the bear that was loved too much’ is a book recently illustrated by AD’s and the illustrations are lovely.
What illustration projects are you working on at the moment?
At the moment we have an ongoing series ‘Unicorn Magic’.
‘Trolls’ illustrations for Universal Studios.
Holly Webb stories - lovely pencil work.
Samples for Angelina Ballerina.
Peggy the Pug.
Many different and varied styles.
Who is your favourite author & why?
I like the Pug stories. The family are lovely and very real. Peggy is lovely, even though not my favourite breed of dog!
Do you have a favourite illustrator?
I like Chris Riddell’s work very much.
But many others. Quentin Blake; Beatrix Potter; Jill Barklem ; Mick Inkpen; Sam Garton Brian Paterson; Maurice Sendak; Wallace Tripp; Arnold Lobel; Inga Moore; David Melling; Raymond Briggs; Janet Ahlberg; Jessica Love; Philippe Dupasquier; Korky Paul; Celia Berridge - I could go on and on and on…..
What do you like to do when you’re not working on illustrations?
Chrissie also loves spending time in Scotland and Cornwall, avidly reading on the train, and would like to be married to Bruce Springsteen.
What do you like most about being an illustration company?
Looking at great illustrations.
Artful Doodler have a variety of artists on their books. They encourage their very experienced artists to experiment with new styles and techniques in order to guarantee exciting, fresh and marketable results for the clients.
Do you have a specific routine for illustrating?
We apply our talents and expertise to every commission, assisting clients with every aspect of project management including scheduling, budgeting and briefing.
Is there a special place you work in or routine you follow?
I don’t illustrate anymore…
We work with clients worldwide from our studios in the UK and US.
What advice do you have for other children’s book illustrators?
Life drawing - learn to draw the human figure!
Try and have a few different styles - unless you’re Quentin Blake.
Read my Artful Doodlers blog
To find out more check out their website here.
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Where to get my books
Books are available from the following: My Books
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