Our illustrators, Karina Siba and Judit Matthews, are so very talented and deserve to be recognised for their amazing work they have done on the Survival Super Squad books. Here are a few fun facts to get to know them better.
Karina illustrated the first ever book in our series, 'The Daring Droplets: World Water Cycle Team'.
Lucky for us, Karina absolutely loves storytelling through imagery. Translating profound personal experiences, moments and memories into visuals is what she has a passion for and finds it a therapeutic process. This is one of the many reasons why we love her illustrations for the first Daring Droplets book as she captures the magic of the story so very well.
Travelling and being near water is what Karina loves! She has trained as a dive master and spent most days for 3 months underwater, exploring this other world and guiding others to do so too. She has also worked at a conservation dive centre, which helped her learn about protecting and restoring coral reefs and cleaner oceans. This was one of the reasons she was drawn to illustrating 'The Daring Droplets: World Water Cycle Team'.
Judit is the illustrator for our other Survival Super Squad books, 'The Daring Droplets' Diary' and 'The Wilful Wildflowers And The Golden Petal'.
As a member of the Tadworth Art Group, Judit exhibits her work there twice a year, in May and November. Her pictures are available in various art galleries and she also takes part in Surrey Artists' Open Studios every year. She has taken part in Channel 4's Watercolour Challenge in 2001 and her artwork was displayed at The Mall Gallery in 2002. Her work has also appeared in The Artist and The Leisure Painter Magazines.
There are many ways Judit shows her artistic skills, but these days her favourite mediums are pen and ink with some watercolour wash. She enjoys drawing natural organic forms and uses them as patterns. She likes to simplify shapes and not pay too much attention to scale or the real colour. She paints whimsical, quirky pictures with animals, creating a story. You can see all of the wonderful ways she uses her artistic talents in the books!
We are particularly proud of her latest article in The Artist Magazine!
By Pia Talbot