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Ironbridge Gorge Coracle Trust

The Fisherman's Surprise Automaton

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A hand painted, moving automaton depicting the life of the Ironbridge coracle skipper, Harry Rodgers. The automaton is in-situ in the museum, encased in a glass and wooden box featuring hand painted lettering. The scene is hand rendered using liquid watercolour and coloured pencil on laser cut plywood.

Cal Westbrook

Cal Westbrook

illustration of Oh, how lovely to fly a kite...? I love windy summer days.
Watercolour and coloured pencil.
illustration of The birds really wish they could have a go. ( Based on a true event where a group of birds all watched a skateboarder go past almost as if they were envious!)
Hand drawn illustration.
illustration of Wouldn't your home town be nicer if its residents were animals in striped sweaters?
Watercolour, pencil and collage illustration.
illustration of Feeling the breeze under the lime trees, watching the dappled light dance on the leaves.
Watercolour, coloured pencil and collage
illustration of Everyone waved as they waited in line at the shops.

Social distancing/
Stay safe/
Lock-down
illustration of Make sure you go for a daily walk.
Stay safe/
Social distancing/
Lock-down
illustration of Children's illustration exploring activities during lock-down.
illustration of Children's illustration exploring activities to undertake during lock-down.
illustration of Children's illustration exploring activities during lock-down.
illustration of The best break-dance crew

Hand drawn, collage illustration.
illustration of Florian loves the rain splashing on his red umbrella.

Hand rendered children's illustration.
illustration of The Lighthouse was perfect, bright red and white just as Bunny Gareth imagined.

Hand rendered illustration. Nautical.
illustration of Collage, watercolour and coloured pencil children's illustration.
illustration of Bunny Gareth,  Florian the Lion and the Seagull loved messing about on the fishing boat.

Mixed media and collage, children's illustration.
animation of Bunny Gareth and Joan loved looking out to sea!
illustration of Moving hand rendered diorama.
concept detail
illustration of Bunny Gareth and Joan love wandering in stormy weather.

Conceptual hand drawn diorama.
illustration of Suddenly, over the hill they stomped. 'Roar, roar, roar!' they shouted with big shiny teeth. 

Hand rendered, mixed media children's illustration.
illustration of Only pink dogs can fly, don't you know?

Hand rendered illustration.
illustration of There in the undergrowth lay five glorious pebbles.

Illustration from children's picture book 'Coral Use Your Imagination.'

hand rendered.
illustration of The seafront was closed. Coral couldn't even get an ice-cream.

Hand rendered children's illustration.
illustration of Coral ran. the more she ran the more deserted the beach became. Strange tree trunk like shapes poked through the sand.
Whoop, hop, leap!

Illustration from children's picture book 'Coral Use Your Imagination.'

Hand rendered.
illustration of And as she landed shoots began to 
push through the sand. Coral felt nervous and was also filled with wonder.
Then she looked at the ground..

Illustration from children's picture book 'Coral Use Your Imagination.'

Hand rendered.
illustration of Coral was bored.

Illustration from children's picture book 'Coral Use Your Imagination.'

Hand rendered..
illustration of Local fisher-folk whispered about ancient forests buried under the sand... and other tall tales.Hand rendered children's illustration.

Illustration from children's picture book 'Coral Use Your Imagination.'

Hand rendered.
illustration of 
They mostly twittered about 'big-storms-coming'... but the weather looked fine to Coral.

Illustration from children's picture book 'Coral Use Your Imagination.'

Hand rendered..
illustration of The night fell and Colin felt more scared. Faint voices muttered on the wind.
Colin caught a chip which fell from the sky.
“Don’t fret, pet!” squawked 
the seagull.
“I love chips, have you got any ketchup?” 
laughed Colin and the water rats laughed too.

Illustration from children's picture book ' Colin in a Coracle.'

Hand rendered illustration. Double page spread.
illustration of The local soccer ground was next to the river. 
Sometimes, the players kicked the football so hard it landed in the water.  

Illustration from children's picture book ' Colin in a Coracle.'

Hand rendered illustration.
illustration of “Look, it’s Colin!,” a voice wafted on the wind.

Illustration from children's picture book ' Colin in a Coracle.'

Hand rendered illustration.
illustration of Next morning, Colin felt much better. 
“Good morning, Captain!,” cried the seagull. 
“Ok, rats, heave-ho!” shouted Colin, and off the boat went.

Illustration from children's picture book ' Colin in a Coracle.'

Hand rendered illustration. Double page spread.
illustration of Colin and Dotty were best friends.
They loved doing everything together.
They loved snoozing together...

Illustration from children's picture book, 'Colin in a Coracle.'

Hand rendered illustration.
illustration of Hand rendered  illustration from a concept for a children's picture book.
illustration of Hand rendered, mixed media children's illustration.
illustration of Hand rendered illustration.
illustration of Soft sculptured seagull. 

This seagull is a character from the picture book 'Colin in a Coracle.' 
I created a number of soft sculptured characters to encourage the reader to engage more with the text through imaginative narrative driven play.
illustration of Hand made soft-sculpture textile toy/ puppet/ installation piece. 

This seagull is a character from the picture book 'Colin in a Coracle.' 
I created a number of soft sculptured characters to encourage the reader to engage more with the text through imaginative narrative driven play.

Profile

Cal Westbrook is a UK based children's illustrator who utilises 3D techniques to compliment her 2D narrative. The work is hand rendered and hand-made, both drawing and making are interlinked. Constructed textile techniques and set construction are used along with watercolor, colored pencil and ink. Illustration combined with soft sculpture is used to encourage reading and imaginative play. 2D characters become 3D for marketing concepts and toys for merchandising. The notion of the book being part of a whole experience rather than a stand-alone product is a key element to the work.

Style/Techniques

Animation, Cartoon, Collage, Colored Pencil, Conceptual, Cut Paper, Gouache, Line with Color, Mixed Media, Paper Sculpture, Pencil, Stylized, Texture, Watercolor, Whimsical, Concept Art, Installations, Motion, Whiteboard Animation

Subject/Specialties

Humor, Adventure, Animals, Book Covers, Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Children's Products, Comic Book, Editorial, Education, Family, Fantasy, Greeting Cards, Health, Holidays, Information Graphics, Landscape, Leisure, Licensing, Nature, Product, Textiles, Toys & Games, Travel, Wildlife, Youth, Environmental, Urban, Branding