Artist Interview – Anna Koska

 

Specialising in fruit, vegetables and the natural world, Anna has illustrated over 100 books and worked with chefs, writers and publishers from around the globe.

Over her 25 year career Anna has honed her skills in watercolour, pen & ink, oils and most recently, egg tempera. Her methods may vary but the joy of her artwork is constant; each piece she creates is a celebration of the fruit, vegetable or animal she has captured with her inimitable flare.

 

Anna achieves all of this against a backdrop of rural living, all recorded in her daily instagram post, which her 5,000 plus followers have come to adore. Her illustration work is inextricably linked with her way of life, Anna meets the ups and downs of a self sufficient lifestyle with a smile, embracing each challenge as it comes. An attitude she has also applied to her illustration career.

Constantly evolving, honing her craft and listening to the market, Anna's determination has secured her place as one of the UK's leading natural history illustrators. We spoke with Anna about the beauty of working traditionally, her seemingly idyllic lifestyle and the joy she gets from her work.

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The Stars, The Sun, and a Little Owl: Behind the Book with Karl Newson & Migy Blanco

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Illustrator Migy Blanco has teamed up with author Karl Newson in creating a beautifully illustrated story — perfect for bedtime reading.

Migy Blanco’s colour palette is so warm, he transports you to countries with tropical climes, creating pictures it’d be nice to step into for a while — especially if you live in a built up city like London.
Shortlisted for the Waterstones book prize in 2016 with Lorraine Carey for Cinderella’s Sister and the Big Bad Wolf, also published by Nosy Crow, there will be great promise forHere Comes The Sun. 

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What do Caterpillars Dream of? Meet Bright Artist Clive McFarland

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Since Clive McFarland was little he only wanted to draw things. He grew up in Northern Ireland and studied at Liverpool School of Art and Design. Surviving endless paper cuts, he passed his degree and, after a series of other jobs, finally began working as an illustrator.We chatted with Clive about his latest publication, Caterpillar Dreams, a beautiful tale of a caterpillar who dreams of seeing the world beyond his garden. Caterpillar Dreams was met with rave reviews!

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Behind the Book: The Answer for Little Worriers with Gabe Alborozo & Matthew Morgan

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As adults we often worry: about paying the bills, about work, family, politics, health — well just about everything really. But as adults we also know there’s a way to sort things out (hopefully and for the most part) We know we can talk about it, and there is help out there. We understand why we worry — mostly.

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An Unexpected Visitor: Behind the Book with Bright Star Jessica Courtney-Tickle

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Jessica Courtney-Tickle is an incredible talent. Her soft and misty landscapes are dream-like and comforting. The perfect, peaceful way to send little ones off to sleep at night. Her debut picture book is due out in February and published by Egmont. The theme is environmentally friendly as is the material from which the book is made; Egmont use paper sourced from sustainable forests, which is the first message you see on opening the book.

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New website!

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Handsome Frank have been busy creating their new website, which launched last week. Tom Robinson, co-founder of Handsome Frank explained - our website is our 'shop window', so it's important it always looks the best it can. The images are large and uncluttered plus it's very easy for visitors to navigate through our roster of artists quickly with minimal clicks. We want our site to be a real visual treat for all that come to explore it.

 

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