Text © 2020 Claire Saxby
Illustrations © 2020 Tannya Harricks
Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Australia
Illustrated is an exhibition of original paintings that were created as illustrations for the children’s picture books, Dingo (2018), Mallee Sky (2019) and Kookaburra (2020) (all published by Walker Books Australia). Australian themes of native animals, landscape and rural life are depicted in these vivid oil paintings on paper.
These paintings began as sketches inspired by my travels to the Mallee district (Nothern Victoria), Kosciusko National Park as well as art residencies on K’gari (Fraser Island) and Bundanon (NSW). The author’s story is also central to how I interpret the themes of the commissioned illustrations. I use charcoal to make larger drawings of my final sketches and paint directly onto these with oil pant in multiple layers.
A full set of illustrations for a picture book from first sketch to finished paintings take me approximately 9-12 months to complete.