Rita’s Rabbit, a picture book by Laura Mucha and illustrated by Hannah Peck, was a recent ACHUKA Book of the Day, and we’re delighted that Hannah agreed to respond to the weekly Meet An Illustrator prompts by being the 22nd guest in our regular Saturday feature.
Next month is an exciting one for Hannah, because it sees the launch of Kate On The Case, the first title in a self-authored chapter book trilogy for 6+ about a young detective Kate and her mouse-accomplice.
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Coming in September, Hannah is illustrator for A Trick of Time, the second book in Jenni Jennings’ Malice In Underland series:
Here is a full list of available titles featuring Hannah’s illustrations.
Hannah is based in Brighton and represented by The Bright Agency.
As a child, what were the first illustrations you remember admiring?
I was the designated bubble-writer in year 2, and as such was very popular for the duration of that year.
Who/what inspired you when you were young?
My granny was always really encouraging of my creativity when I was young – she’d always have the kitchen table laid out with an oilcloth and paints ready for me when we visited. I drew a lot of dolphins.
Who inspires you today?
So many people – I follow the work of contemporary illustrators like Julia Sarda, Georgie Ellen McAusland, Alice Pattullo, but am really inspired by older, more classic pieces of medieval art – tapestries, portraits, anything historical.
Did you study art/illustration?
I did not! I studied English Lit at Exeter Uni, but have always been doing arty bits on the side.
What is your favourite artist tool/product?
I mainly use my iPad and have a few favourite brushes on there, but am also a fan of Prismacolour pencils.
What software/apps do you use?
Procreate on my iPad pro.
What was your first commission?
My first commission in the world of children’s books was from Ladybird, for their book ‘Ladybird Tales of Adventurous Girls’
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently illustrating the second Kate on the Case book, and writing the third. I’m also illustrating a couple of picture books, a middle grade cover, and working on writing more of my own books.
Twitter or Instagram? Instagram
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Dog or cat? Both
Grape or grain? Grain
Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise
What do you listen to when you are working? Every single podcast that has ever been recorded. West Cork was an excellent recent find, although the true crime element can sometimes sit at odds with what I’m drawing…
Where can we follow you on social media?
This is a regular weekend feature, publishing every Saturday.