We are excited to present our 2018 CBCA Book Week merchandise range featuring beautiful artwork by Anna Walker.
Anna Walker’s picture book, Mr Huff won Book of the Year (Early Childhood) in the 2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. Anna was invited to create the artwork for the 2018 CBCA Book Week theme. Anna enjoys exploring different media such as collage, woodblock printing, etching and pencil so her beautiful artwork seamlessly incorporates these to invite you to Find your Treasure.
When she first discovered the theme, Anna imagined books hidden in a forest with creatures in leafy boughs.
‘I explored other ideas but the thought of children seeking their own story adventure under the moonlight was too hard to resist,’ she said.
‘I chose an autumnal colour palette so that the leafy branches merged into the evening and the children could be seen nestled among the branches.’
Anna painted the leaves, animals and children with gouache then collaged them together. The final artwork was photographed with a backdrop of an inky sky to capture the shadows cast by the moonlight on individual leaves. Anna’s favourite moment in the scene is the boy sharing a story with three budgies.
‘I hoped to create a scene in which children could immerse themselves and remember how lovely the spark of connection can be when you find a story to treasure,’ said Anna.
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