Frances Ives

2019 QEST Howdens Scholar - Children's Book Illustration

With the support of a QEST Howdens Scholarship, Frances is undertaking an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. Frances seeks to improve her understanding of the field of children’s and narrative illustration as a whole, as well as furthering her own illustration practice. She strongly believes that the craft of hand-drawn and created illustration should not be lost in the digital age and, in addition to creating new children’s books, she will continue to exhibit her artworks, blurring the lines between fine and graphic art.

After I first read ‘Maybe the Moon’ to a very young audience in a book shop, I had a chat with a parent about the importance of stories that can help children adapt to their world – it was then I realised I’d be doing this for many years.