SH: Can you tell me a bit about the draft stage, when you’re creating the characters?
JH: I love this stage of the work because it involves big sheets of paper and a lot of relaxed, almost unconscious drawing, which is reigned in a bit later when I find the strongest drawings. It’s quite a magical process bringing a character from my imagination and making them ‘real’ on paper. Bringing other people’s characters to life is a different but equally enjoyable process. I’m always a little bit nervous when I first show my sketches to a writer but I enjoy collaborating because another person’s input can push you out of your comfort zone. I also enjoy researching clothes and objects that are associated with characters.
SH: How do you use colour in your work?
SH: Can you tell me a bit about the type of work you do?
JH: I work in traditional media. For this project [She’s Not Good for a Girl, She’s Just Good!] I’m using watercolours and colour pencils. I also like to use mixed media, combining paint with collage, printmaking techniques, charcoal, inks and colour pencils. There’s something about the mish-mash of textures and line really excites me. I recently tried a friend’s I-Pad Pro which was a revelation and I’m currently saving for my own so I may move into more digital work.
And the results of this are all the amazingly beautiful illustrations that you can see in She’s Not Good for a Girl, She’s Just Good!
Jacquie thanks for being a part of Thea Chops Books’ first ever book!