MEET THE ARTIST

Jenny Cook

Introducing Jenny Cook, Creative Director of Colouring Heaven and featured artist of the Colouring Heaven Fairies in Nature Special...

How long have you been illustrating and what made you start?
Having been a creative child I started when I was young - I was forever drawing my favourite cartoon characters or making them out of Play Dough or bits of cut-out paper, drawing from the TV programmes and movies I watched and books I read. Throughout my teenage years I used to paint and draw for pin money - detailed miniature flowers on lace bobbins, house signs and pet portraits, but then had a gap of lots of years before taking it up again this year. It seems that everyone was taking up a new hobby during lockdown so, not wanting to miss out, I got an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, downloaded ProCreate software, turned my hand to digital drawing.

Where do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration from wherever I can - my children, the natural world, fantasy movies, music, classic art and Japanese pop culture. I’m a person of eclectic taste.

Where is your favourite place to illustrate?
I usually create curled up on my sofa when the children have gone to bed, but my favourite place to draw and colour are at my family bungalow in beautiful South Devon, where I always feel at my most relaxed.

What are your illustrating/colouring material essentials?
At the moment my materials are iPad Pro and Apple Pencil and ProCreate for drawing, and Faber-Castell Polychromos, T-Gaal sharpener, white POSCA pen and Derwent electric eraser for colouring.

What’s the piece of work that you’re most proud of or enjoyed doing the most?
Of course its my Fairies in Nature Special issue of Colouring Heaven! Two of my favourite designs from the issue are design 22, Reap and Sow, which was based on a photo of my gorgeous son digging at the beach - catching him in his element with a relaxed smile on his face, and design 29, Happy, which is based on a photo of my daughter and my friend’s twins all bounced out and happy after playing on a bouncy castle at the twins birthday party. When it comes to colouring, each new piece I colour becomes my new favourite - always learning, always growing!

Artist's tip

Let YouTube become your best friend - watch tutorials by artists you admire and if like me, you like realism, always find great reference photos for help on where to place your shading.

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