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Celebrating Children's Books - Meet Holly Bushnell

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A warm welcome to my guest illustrator Holly Bushnell.  




I live in Liverpool with my mum, Wendy and my cat called Ginger, who is almost as old as me. I'm 21 and he's pushing 19 or 20 – he came limping along as a stray when I was 3. Since I left school at 18 after completing my A Levels, I've worked in Write Blend Bookshop and am trying to build up a career as an illustrator/mural painter. I did have places to go to University, but after thinking things through, I decided that the courses were not for me and I wanted to avoid hefty student debt. I've painted murals in schools and children's bedrooms. I also work as a barista, making lots of coffee! I am Write Blend's Artist in Residence for 2016. I have painted a mural in their bookshop and I try to contribute creative ideas to displays, and I design the cafe menu boards for them. I also have my own range of cards for sale at Write Blend, ranging from cute hedgehogs to dragons. I really enjoy writing and one day hope to be a children's author and illustrator. I love anything involving mermaids, fairyland, magic and animals... I've always loved Disney and when I was three I fell in love with The Little Mermaid. It's been my favourite film ever since (and always will be)!


The latest book I've worked on is called 'Doodles and the Flower Lake', which was written by B.B. Taylor



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I've also illustrated 'A Bushy Tale' by Bob Stone, the manager of Write Blend (the bookshop where I work), and  'The Star that Lost its Sparkle', by Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes.


bushy tales                     star


I asked Holly to tell us a bit more about herself

What sort of illustrations do you like to draw?

I like to draw fun and lively illustrations, with lots of bright colours. Usually I put lots of doodles, swirls and stars in too, which helps me create the idea of magic.

Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?

I'm a lifelong vegetarian – my mum brought up as a veggie and I've never eaten meat. I love animals! I dream that one day I'll be able to buy a little cottage and open an animal sanctuary.

What was your favourite children’s book when you were a child?

I read lots of Jacqueline Wilson books when I was growing up. She was by far my favourite author. My favourite children's picture book was (and still is) Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. I think the illustrations are amazing.

What’s your top tip for new illustrators?

Draw lots and experiment with different styles


Illustrator links

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hollybushnelldesigns/?fref=ts

 Website:  www.hollybushnelldesigns.co.uk

 Here are some more of Holly's fabulous illustrations. 

dragons(4)            mermaids   

   foxwall   croc

  Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your work, Holly.:)

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  1. Plumleaf Golden

    WOW!...what a lovely profile. I am so very impressed with Thank you Holly. I am so impressed by your bio and to read about your creative journey as a children's book illustrator. Holly, your profile is inspiring me to do more and to push forward with my HBB (Bumble Bumble Bug illustrations) and my own drawing and illustration style. Beautiful artwork in deed. Magical. Love Love Love!

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