Dorcie Smith

BA (Hons) Illustration and Design | Class of 2020

I primarily work traditionally when it comes to my designs. Over the past few years I have learnt how to use a variety of mixed materials in order to convey a story that is understandable for younger audiences. I’ve primarily done children’s books aimed at three to five year olds but I have also dabbled in creating my own story aimed at primary school level children. I don’t have a specific style as I can adapt  depending on the target audience, materials and topics the book/illustration is based on. A good example is my recent chapter book, the style was not as basic as that of my primary school illustrations due to the older audiences. I chose to do my work with ink and water-colour as the book had a Japanese theme within the story, this way I was able to make ink brush strokes similar to the strokes done in Japanese ink art. The merging of all of these elements results in the illustration looking different to past books I have created.