• Artist Spotlight: Charlotte Payne

    Tell us a bit about yourself?

    My name is Charlotte Payne. I was born and bred in Devon but I spent the later part of my life growing up in South Wales. I am currently studying a degree in Illustration at the University of Gloucestershire and am set to graduate in the Summer of 2015. I spend a lot of my time working for my degree but when I want to relax my favourite thing to do is bake or go to a nice tearoom and have a coffee and a slice of cake!


    What’s your weapon of choice? 

    I mostly work in watercolour, I love the texture it gives and I really like the effect that the accidental blobs give! It also enables me to work in quite a lot of detail. I love to get lost in an illustration and spend hours working on one image.


    What’s your dream job/commission?

    My dream job would to be a children’s book illustrator. I love the freedom and the imagination that can go into illustrating for children. It has been my dream job ever since I was about 6!


    What’s the story behind the illustrations you’ve sent us?

    The piece of work I have chosen is a selection of spreads from a children’s book I wrote called ‘How the bird learnt to sing’. It was inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Just-so stories’- I am a big fan! In the story, a family of birds live in the roof of a Church where an orchestra rehearses. The Father bird tries to teach the young birds how to talk but one little bird is more interested in the orchestra and he learn to imitate their music. Soon all the birds are copying him and that is how the bird learnt to sing! It is currently unfinished, but I would love to find the time to finish the whole book. Maybe I will have some time after my degree!


    Thanks Charlie, we love it!

     You can contact Charlie for comissions at: charlie@tncd.co.uk

     Or if you’d like to see more of her work visit her blog here

     Or to buy her work visit her Etsy shop here!