Culture Street

Books

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 it 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.

You Might Also Like

Books

Interview: Kimberly Belle

Kimberly Belle grew up in Eastern Tennessee, in a small town nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians. A graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, Kimberly lived for...

On January 16, 2017

Books

Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon

By Sophia Whitfield

On July 19, 2012

Books

A New Library Of Enlightenment Now Available On your Phone

Love to read but feeling time poor? Joosr has the answer. The new app is a library of non-fiction book summaries that get to the heart of what really matters...

On June 22, 2016
 

Books

Lost & Found By Brooke Davis

By Sophia Whitfield

On July 28, 2014

Books

The real Mr Darcy

Jane Austenís literary character Mr Darcy has long be held up on a pedestal as the ideal man. His 'handsome features', wealth and good character embody quite simply the perfect...

On February 10, 2017

Books

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

By Sophia Whitfield

On July 7, 2014
 
Copyright © 2012 - 2017 Culture Street
Contact: info@culturestreet.com.au