I took the kids to see an exhibition called ‘Picture Hooks’ today in Edinburgh which featured 10 amazing illustrators of children’s books. Basically the idea behind it is that they pair up an emerging artist with a mentor who has a similar style and is more established in order to share their experience and knowledge. They then work together for a year and one of the illustrators will go on to win The New Scottish Illustrator Award. It was a very small exhibition but well worth going to as there were some truly beautiful illustrations on show. My favourite is Catherine Rayner who has written a number of children’s books and was mentoring a newer artist called Naomi Howarth, whose work could just come a close second in the favourite stakes. Our favourite of Catherine’s books is one called ‘Augustus and his Smile’ which is about a tiger who realises he has lost his smile and has to go on a search to find it again.
I first discovered Catherine Rayner about 8 years ago as she does beautiful pictures of hares, I have promised myself I will buy one one day when I save up my pennies.
If you want to go and see the exhibition for yourself it is on at The National Galleries Scotland at the Mound in Edinburgh until 16th February. Find out more here.