Hamlet from What Milo Saw by Ginny Baker.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Girly, Sarcastic and Geeky.
What inspired you start illustrating?
I always have done, from when I could hold a pencil it was natural for me to draw things from stories I loved, so I guess I’ve just never grown up.
What do you love most about your work?
I get to see it come together and have the satisfaction of finishing it, so essentially the selfish fact that it is mine.
What do you find hardest?
Mental blocks…..they make me drink way too much tea.
What kind of child were you?
A cutlery kleptomaniac with a penchant for spoons.
Where do you work?
Wherever I plonk myself down, usually near a kettle.
If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?
Flying….or breathing underwater I can’t decide which. It would be nice to save on airfare.
Which project have you most enjoyed?
At the moment I’m working on a Menu for a children’s fairy tale book, which is fun.
What’s your greatest strength as an artist?
Imagination, even if it’s not to do with your work you need it as an artist and it certainly makes life a lot more interesting.
Ginny Baker’s imagination at work!
What’s your greatest weakness?
What relationship do you see between illustrating and storytelling?
A very natural one, when you tell a story a picture naturally builds up for the audience even if it’s just a colour related to a mood, so they are essentially self-illustrate.
Do you think there is a place for illustrations in adult fiction?
Definitely, if you consider the adult population that go to galleries, watch films, plenty of ways to enjoy visual stimulus so why not in books.
What are you reading at the moment?
A New York Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Orson Welles, Derren Brown, Tony Stark, Jonathan Richards (VM: the man who introduced us and an amazing artist), my Granddad and my friend Willi who makes the best Strudel.
What is your earliest memory?
No idea, I think it’s looking at a box of kittens in the kitchen.
Who is your favourite fictional character of all time?
Louis from The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells by Ginny Baker.