An Illustrated Year 2013 Calendar- About Lisa Stewart (Miss September)

My Little Bookcase chats with Lisa Stewart

About September’s Illustration:

This divine image by Lisa Stewart was the first I allocated to a month in An Illustrated Year 2013. As soon as Lisa sent me ‘Koala’, I knew that it belonged in September, Save the Koala Month. You can read more about Save the Koala Month and how you can help at Wildlife Fun 4 Kids.

Koala by Lisa Stewart

What was the inspiration for ‘Koala?’

‘Koala’ was inspired by this very, very soft and delicate paper I saw at my favourite paper store, Wills Quills (which has sadly closed down). I wish now that I had bought more of it at the time.

How did you create this image?

‘Koala’ was created using a combination of pencil, white gouache and the gentle tearing of this delicate paper.

About the illustrator:

What do you enjoy most about illustrating picture books?

I love that it takes me into another world. I am so focused that I feel like I’m in a dream whilst I create the pictures.

Can you tell us a little bit about your upcoming book?

Rainforest Lullaby, written by Sally Odgers, will be coming out in November for Scholastic Press. I used some of the same soft, grey paper on the baby kookaburra- perhaps you can see that?

Internal pages of Rainforest Lullaby

I also just finished a book for Random House called Jam for Nana by Deborah Kelly, which will be released next Mother’s Day 2014. I’m very nervous about it because it’s the first book in which I’ve illustrated people. Feeling confident about my illustrations can be tricky.

Jam for Nana

I’ve also illustrated a counting app for Snappyant. Here’s an image that shows that when you click on the eggs the little baby animals will hatch.

Snappyant Counting App

I will be working in the next months on The Great Cuddle Muddle, by Deborah Kelly about bush babies getting the wrong cuddles and all muddled up.

Next year I will begin work on a book for Scholastic Press called Baby Bear’s First Sleep with images similar to this one I created.

Bear by Lisa Stewart

Can you give us a peek into your creative work space?

My studio is in the side room of where we live in a rented apartment. We feel very lucky to live in such a lovely place in Manly.

This image was taken when I was working on the counting app for Snappyant.

Lisa Stewart's studio

Lisa’s books include:

Can I cuddle the Moon? By Kerry Brown, Scholastic Press

Mummy’s Kisses by Paula Clark, Scholastic Press.

Bushland Lullaby by Sally Odgers, Scholastic Press.

Some of Lisa’s illustrations can be purchased through Books Illustrated, but Lisa can be contacted at lisaraestewart@bigpond.com for more specific pieces.

GOING FURTHER:

  • Find and explore some of Lisa Stewart’s other books.
  • Find some other books that feature collage and/or gouache in the illustrations. Create a classroom display of these books.
  • Compare and contrast a range of collage and gouache illustrations.
  • Create your own image using collage and gouache.

Rainforest Lullaby, written by Sally Odgers, will be coming out in November for Scholastic Press. I used some of the same soft, grey paper on the baby kookaburra- perhaps you can see that?
 
I also just finished a book for Random House called Jam for Nana by Deborah Kelly, which will be released next Mother’s Day 2014.  I’m very nervous about it because it’s the first book I’ve that I’ve illustrated people. Feeling confident about my illustrations can be tricky. 
 
I’ve also illustrated a counting app for Snappyant. Here’s an image of a rough that shows that when you click on the eggs the little baby animals will hatch,
 
I will be working in the next months on The Great Cuddle Muddle, by Deborah Kelly about bush babies getting the wrong cuddles and all muddled up. 
 
Next year I will begin work on a book for Scholastic Press called Baby Bear’s First Sleep with images similar to this one I created

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An Illustrated Year 2013 Calendar- About Lisa Stewart (Miss September)

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  1. So simply beautiful. She has a true gift. I love Bushland Lullaby and have given it to a few friends as a gift for welcoming a new baby. It’s so beautiful.

    I love all your interviews Jackie. I have met so many new illustrators and authors through your interviews and now our little home library is brimming with beautiful books. Thank you.

  2. Wow. Devine is certainly a word I would use for these illustrations! I’m off to look at the books you linked. It’s so nice to get to know more about the illustrators and authors of such lovely books!

  3. Oooh that koala illustration was my favourite from when I was working on the calendar with you…. just such gorgeous images that you feel like you can reach out and touch!

  4. Such gorgeous illustrations, my children would be very inspired and intrigued by them, and I also love the koala illustration from your wonderful calendar!

  5. Nae said: On October 1, 2013

    Jackie you always make me want to buy the books you show, those pictures are stunning!
    I love that koala

  6. Beautiful! I love being allowed to see ‘behind the scenes’ with things like this. Books are a big part of our household and we’ll definitely look for these…

  7. Those are the most gorgeous illustrations. I love borrowing books that are beautifully illustrated like this, they’re just magical.

  8. What beautiful artworks, I love seeing how children’s books are created, it makes reading them all the more special.

  9. Such beautiful illustrations.. and I love that Koala… I think we’ll have to print an extra from An Illustrated Year to hang somewhere… :)

  10. Oh, the artwork is divine!

  11. Wow, her artwork is so gentle. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a talent like that!

  12. Just gorgeous. I am surprised to read that Lisa finds it tricky to feel confident about her illustrations, because they are simply lovely. xo P

  13. Beautiful illustrations! The koala is adorable.

  14. Such stunning illustrations. It is fascinating to learn about the inspiration behind the koala and learn more about Lisa Stewart’s upcoming books. I am looking forward to buying these books for my children and enjoying the gorgeous illustrations.

  15. A very talented illustrator indeed. Just gorgeous!

  16. I loved reading this Jackie. So wonderful to get a behind the scenes take on such an amazing artist.

  17. What absolutely beautiful work…I love that ‘koala’ paper. I always enjoy the questions you ask in your interviews Jackie. I simply must have Bushland Lullaby, I think my girls would find that so special.

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