Tuesday, 1 May 2012
I first discovered the work of Elys Dolan when I was searching for images for my Inspiration Monday post on Travel. Her stamps are soooo cute and I'd love to receive one on a letter in the post. I think they're enough to brighten up anyones dull day/letterbox. Her work also makes me wish that I spend more using more traditional mediums as I never draw in pencils anymore. I don't paint EVER when I used to every evening when I was at school. It would seem technology dominates my work now. Maybe I'll give it ago some day soon.
Elys grew up in a part of Sussex, England that consists almost entirely of trees and cows and was named after a department store in Wimbledon. She's never let either of these things hold her back and recently graduated with distinction from the MA in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. In 2011 Elys was awarded second place in the Macmillan Prize for her book Weasels, a tale of woodland creatures, baffling technology and megalomania. In the same year Elys was also shortlisted for Waterstone's Picture This and won the Illustration Rally's Children's Book Rally. She works predominated with ink, newfangled digital witchcraft and coloured pencils of which she is the proud owner of 178 but can never find a sharpener.
Elys lives in Cambridge and when she's not drawing she grows cacti, collects pocket watches and spends altogether too much time in the company of other illustrators.