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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 Page from children's picture book 'Colin in a Coracle'.
illustration of Page from children's book 'Colin in a Coracle'
illustration of Page from children's book 'Colin in a Coracle'
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 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.
illustration of Hand rendered illustration.
illustration of Hand rendered  illustration from a concept for a children's picture book.
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 
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 Hand rendered, mixed media children's illustration.

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I am a UK based children's illustrator interested in creating illustration using primarily traditional materials; watercolour, coloured pencil, collage and fabric. Having a BA in Theatre Design and an MA in Illustration my work has become multi-disciplinary, incorporating both 2d and 3d techniques. I enjoy mucking about with soft sculpture and fabric, creating versions of my drawn characters in 3d.   I also make hand-drawn dioramas, I like the atmosphere that layered depth gives to the drawing. I have written a number of books for children.

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

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