Louise Grant Illustration

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

The start of a new book

This week I am in the process of the initial sketches for a new book I am illustrating.

The book is through a Swiss publisher but the story is based in Indonesia. In particular, Bali.

As luck would have it the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is currently running a special exhibit on Bali- WooHoo!

So last week I pootled along to this wonderful museum and gathered lots of reference material.

I am really looking forward to this book as I love the color and patterns of the Indonesian art. And the story is wonderful, though it is still a secret. Shhhhhh.

Here are some photos I took at the exhibit, I will be posting shortly with the initial sketches.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

New work and new job.

Hello everyone,

well it has been a while between visits but I have been busy with lots of jobs so that has to be good.

First of all I went to the awesome Workshop SF and did a basic bookbinding course. Now I am addicted. I have been re-purposing old hardcover books to make new sketch books. So now I have some lovely hardcover sketch books which also look very cool.

I have some new work. I have been developing a story about a world made of paper and a girl who visits this world. Kind of like a visit to my studio.

Here are three of the images, and they can also be found on my website.

And finally some news that the picture book I am working on for a Swiss publisher is starting up. More on that soon.....

Monday, 21 March 2011

New Work- Sarah

Been a bit quiet lately, but I have been working on some new stuff.

In a continuation of the "Sarah says hello to the moon" story I have done two more spreads.

I really like how they turned out, especially the sunrise image.

In other news I am going to be away from thursday and back in the studio on tuesday.

All the best,


Thursday, 17 February 2011

New Work

For some time now I have been playing with a new style that is more unique and has a "high-end" picture book type feel to it.

Let me explain.

It is a very different working process for me. Usually my work involves doing a lot of drawings beforehand and then inking and cutting out the image. Here I have taken a more free-form approach.

I draw the characters and make a rough plan of the layout then basically go nuts with the scissors and make an enormous mess while piecing together the image. I shall have to take a picture of the studio while doing this to prove how crazy it gets.

I really like the result and it feels very natural for me to be working this way as I am not the neatest person in the world : )

And I like the designed feel to it.

I will be adding these shortly to my website and will see what people think.

Monday, 31 January 2011

Work in SCBWI and Curious George

Hello everyone,

The last few weeks have been pretty busy for me with various pieces to finish and moving studios.

I was excited to get the latest SCBWI bulletin where some of my illustrations are featured. There is a extremely bad quality photo below.

I also went and saw the Curious George exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in SF. I had no idea there was such an interesting story behind the books.

The Reys were living in Paris at the time of the invasion and being Jewish had to escape. They packed up their illustrations and manuscripts and rode their bicycles over into Spain and Portugal, eventually making their way to the USA.

What a great story and I encourage anyone to go and see the exhibit- it's on til the 13th March.

Happy drawing everyone.

Monday, 17 January 2011

New Work


I have been working recently on a new piece. It was for a private commission and I a really happy with how it turned out.

I really like the clean, polished look of the piece and it looks great framed even if I do say so myself : )