Polly Noakes has just graduated from Anglia Ruskin MA Illustration course in Cambridge. I was lucky to meet her at the Bologna Children's Book Festival last week.
"This is a picture book project that I created for the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, from which I have just graduated.
It emerged from sketching the New Forest where I live. During my first semester on the MA I filled 7 sketchbooks recording life and landscapes of the New Forest and connected to a very different world than Cambridge.
I wanted to create an atmospheric picture book reflecting the textures, light, colours and characters that I had sketched between autumn and winter. The woodsman is based on local charcoal maker Dave, who allowed me to sketch him whilst he worked.
Fig 5, 6 (above) picture of 'Dave' from polly's sketchbook
I have always wanted to illustrate this classic tale and I did so, not with any outcome in mind, other than indulge my own creativity." Polly Noakes