Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Anna Walker!
Anna is a multi-award winning illustrator based in Melbourne, who works from her basement studio surrounded by toys and teacups.
She has an incredible list of nominations and awards behind her, including her latest author-illustrator book Florette, which is shortlisted in the 2018 CBCA awards for Picture Book of the Year, the 2018 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature, the 2018 Australian Design Association Picture Book of the Year Awards and the 2018 Australian Book Industry Picture Book of the Year Awards.
Anna was born in Sydney and grew up in Melbourne. At the age of five, she briefly decided she'd like to be a dolphin trainer, but picture book illustrator soon took over as her dream career.
She spent a year working to build her portfolio, completing her Art and Design TAFE course before going on to graduate from Swinburne University with a Graphic Design degree.
She then worked for a year as designer/illustrator at The Age before changing to freelance in design and illustration for a range of publishers and clients. For the next ten years Anna wrote, read as much as possible about publishing children's books, drew pictures, pursued publishers and continued to grow her portfolio by observing and recording details of the world around her.
Anna loves exploring different mediums to create in. She commonly uses watercolour and ink, but enjoys experimenting with woodblock printing, etching, collage and pencil.
Her source of inspiration comes from her three children and her menagerie of pets, and she admits her worst habit is worrying.
Find out more about Anna with the following links:
Anna Walker's website: www.annawalker.com.au
Anna on Facebook: www.facebook.com/annawalkerbooks
Anna on Twitter: twitter.com/_annawalker__
Anna's Pinterest: www.pinterest.com.au/annawalkerbooks
Anna on Instagram: www.instagram.com/_annawalker_
View Anna Walker's Illustrator video: www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=ZjeKnR4CxB4
Introduction by Fiona Lloyd
Read Creative Kids Tales' November 2018 interview with Anna Walker
Here are some of Anna Walker's books: