Last night we came across a blog post by the incredibly talented illustrator, Frances Watts. So impressed with what we saw we went straight onto her fab and very unusual website and was not disappointed! What set her apart for so many other illustrators was her subject matter, which quite frankly is right up our street.
Take a look for yourself……..
Our favourite, of course have to be the beetles, but we’re pretty partial the the ‘Be kind to Bees’ too.
Frances, (not to be confused with the Australian Children’s Book Illustrator) or Franny to her friends lives in deepest Somerset with her photographer husband (also not to be confused with the wildlife photographer with the same name), her little son and lovable hound which is obviously where she gets much of her inspiration. However, she is happy to take commissions too.
Check out her website and latest blog post for more examples of her work, ways to contact her and the chance to buy one off prints. We’re busy trying to think of an excuse for a party (not such a difficult task) for her to design an invitation for us!
This morning I spied a dead beetle.
I was sad to see that it was dead but it made me think about that AA Milne poem and also reminded me about the initial stages of setting up Warbeck & Cox and a trip that involved other dead beetles, inspired furious sketching and the creation of our most popular design.
Ten years ago or so, I found myself with the task of entertaining a young cousin and was told to take him to Tring Zooililogical Museum (now part of the Natural History Museum). A firm favourite as a child I was not convinced that well over a decade later I would feel quite the same way about this venue. How wrong I was.
On opening that first drawer and rediscovering the rows and rows of little creatures pinned and labelled so neatly, I was hooked. So hooked infact that I had to shoot off to the gift shop and buy a sketch pad and get scribbling.
Fascinated by the delicate, intricate shapes, patterns and irridescent colours I had to get drawing ….which is exactly what I did.
Beetle to buffalo and alligator to zebra, the collection has it all. Thankfully for us, the Rothschild family decided to give the entire collection to the nation in 1937 and here are just a few of the amazing treasures I discovered.
Interestingly, Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild’s fascination and subsequent gargantuan collection began as a small boy when he discovered a dead beetle – a present he promptly gave it to his nanny!
Funny what comes about from finding a beetle isn’t it?