Illustrator in Residence: Ed Vere
Every six months, BookTrust appoints a new Writer or Illustrator in Residence to write blogs, run competitions and give us their own unique perspective on the world of children's books.
Our current Illustrator in Residence is Ed Vere, who will use his time in the role to advocate for the power of pictures and visual literacy.
Ed is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator whose books include How to Be A Lion and Max the Brave among many others.
During Ed's residency, he will share his thoughts on developing confidence and self-expression in children through drawing and will be inviting parents, artists and children to contribute to an online picture gallery.
Speaking about being appointed as BookTrust's Illustrator in Residence, Ed says:
'I'm thrilled to be working with BookTrust as their Illustrator in Residence. Whilst there, I want to draw attention to drawing. What happens when we draw and how does it make us think? Why do most of us stop loving it as we grow older and where did we lose our confidence with it. Were we taught to be too self-critical?
'I'd like to start a conversation about what drawing can bring to our lives, how we re-instil confidence in those who lost it and how we aren't using it in schools. As we realise how prevalent mental health issues are today, drawing can be a powerful means of self-expression. I want to get us all, adults and children, drawing again and to create a forum where we can share those drawings.
'I'd also like to give attention to 'Power of Pictures', a programme I co-created with CLPE which works to bring visual literacy into an educational environment, showing how we can use drawing to successfully help those who are equally bright but think less 'academically'. Please add your voice to the conversation. We'd love to hear from everyone, those who draw, those in education and those who use drawing to help others.'
Ed Vere has been busy during lockdown, creating weekly how-to-draw videos of all your favourite characters. Try drawing Mr Big above, or have a go at one of his other tutorials!
Previous Writers in Residence
Previous writers to take up the post include Matt Haig, Laura Dockrill, Cressida Cowell, Chris Riddell and Patrick Ness – see what fun things they all got up to during their time in residence.
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