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September 28, 2014

Kate Murray – Artist Spotlight – Twisted Tales 2014

Filed under: Interview with Artist — Annie Evett @ 3:10 am


Kate Murray is an artist and illustrator who specialises in figures and pencil work. She graduated from Derby University as a medical illustrator but has left that side of the business to pursue her work with figurative and children’s illustration.

Kates’s work features as the cover an frontcentrepiece in the upcoming Twisted Tales Anthology, Published by Raging Aardvark Publishing.

She has kindly agreed to be interviewed about her inspiration and work.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently working a set of picture books for children. They range from the moon losing the stars to a story about a little boy on a monster hunt. I write the picture books as well as illustrating them, and I love telling the story with both words and pictures. I am also working on the illustrations for the short story anthology, ‘Shadows Close’, which is due to be published at Halloween this year.

What was your initial motivation or prompt for the cover?

The illustration on the front of the book is an amalgamation of a couple of drawings. Firstly I wanted to create a feeling of aloneness and darkness, so I chose to use a woodland. The gate is designed to suggest hope, although, as the name suggests, it is a gate to nowhere. The small abandoned shoe is a direct link to the story, ‘Jake’s Kite’ by Emmaleene Leahy.

What sort of message of feeling are you hoping you leave your audience with?

I am hoping that the illustration will leave the reader with a feeling that these stories are tales with a twist.

What sort of stories do you normally illustrate? (Is this illustration a break from your norm?)

Most of the time I am illustrating children’s stories or my own stories. The fact that this illustration was for other people’s stories was something very new, and very interesting. I enjoyed sitting down and trying to find the imagery that would link the stories together.

Why is that?

I think of myself as a writer as opposed to an illustrator so I tend to use my own writing with my illustrations because I don’t push the drawings in a career sense. Although, I have yet to turn down an illustration job and my work has been used throughout Europe and a few pieces have even found their way into America.

Its a brilliant marriage – that of illustration and writing,  what projects or new story lines do you have coming up in the near future?

At the moment I am working on the short story anthology, ‘Shadows Close’, which is illustrated and I am also creating a number of portraits and pet portraits for clients. I am also starting to illustrate my own picture books.

Do you enter many competitions for illustration?

Locally I enter any competitions I can. This year I was able to exhibit three times, at the Museum of Modern Art in Machynclleth, Aberglasnney Gardens and as part of the Art Trail in Ceredigion.

How can others follow your journey?   Blog   Website   Facebook  Twitter 

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  1. Reblogged this on Kate Murray and commented:
    My interview for the cover of Twisted Tales 2014, being published by Raging Aardvark Press. 🙂


    Comment by Kate — September 28, 2014 @ 7:02 pm | Reply

  2. This is a great blog Kate and good luck to you. Do you mind me asking how you got the childrens illustration work?


    Comment by karenford71 — September 29, 2014 @ 3:22 am | Reply

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