In June 2017, Penguin Random House UK and Ministry of Stories launched seventeen unique new picture books, all written by children between the ages of 8 and 12 and brought to life by volunteer illustrators. This unique publishing project is part of a partnership between Penguin Random House UK and Ministry of Stories, which is now in its second year.
Click here to find out more about our picture book project and read the picture books in full.
Maisie Noble, one of the illustrators involved in our picture book project with Ministry of Stories, shared her thoughts.
Tell us a little about yourself and your background as an illustrator?
I was trained in figurative and fashion illustration at University of the Arts London. After graduating I worked for a few years at a motion graphics studio in east London called Made Visual, where I storyboarded and illustrated for animation. Alongside that work I continued to freelance, working on commissions for companies like H&M and Harvey Nichols. I began teaching illustration and life drawing as an associate lecturer at London Collage of Fashion in 2015 and then decided to take my career in a slightly different direction and embarked on a masters degree in visual communication last September. I am currently focusing on narrative illustration and researching the potential for illustration in future platforms such as virtual and augmented reality.
How did you hear about the project and what appealed to you about getting involved?
The project came to me through my course leader at Kingston University. I have been working on my own books in my spare time and thought that this would be a wonderful opportunity to find out more about the process of producing a children’s book. I have also illustrated and printed books written by children of my friends in the past, so I was familiar with this way of working and find it hugely rewarding. Children have the best imaginations!