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Interview: Karen Erasmus

On November 16, 2015

Cover_Santa's Tight SqueezeKaren Erasmus moved to Australia from the UK in 2004 with her husband and two tiny children, and settled on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Previously a primary school teacher, she returned to studying art at Chisholm Institute after her third child.

A long admirer of illustrators like Freya Backwood and Emily Gravett, Karen was delighted to illustrate her first childrenís picture book in 2011, and has now completed more than ten books. She works in watercolour, ink and pastel, and aims to create images that are engaging and lively for young readers.

When she isnít drawing and painting, Karen loves to visit schools to read stories to young audiences. She also loves cycling, swimming, crochet, and hearing her childrenís laughter. Karen's latest book is Santa's Tight Squeeze. You can buy the book in the UK here and in Australia here.

What do you try to achieve when illustrating a picture book?

I focus on a sense of fun, interesting characters that are engaging, and action that supports the words

Do you illustrate at home or do you have a studio?

Iím very lucky that I have my own room to work at home.

Which illustrators do you look up to?

Emily Gravett, Polly Dunbar, Freya Blackwood, Matt Phelan

Tell us about your latest picture book?

Santaís Tight Squeeze is a light-hearted story of Santa travelling all around the world and enjoying all the treats that have been left out for him. Itís a story with a gentle message about the importance of sharing. Iíve illustrated Santa before so I had to change his look a bit from the traditional Santa. Heís got a bit of a Ď40s fighter pilot look and his sleigh has been updated.

What advice would you give to aspiring illustrators?

Draw every day and keep learning.

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