Q&A Reportage Illustrator Liz’s Scribbles


What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I am a reportage illustrator and urban sketcher, recording the world around me in drawings, in real time, on location. I use fountain pen and ink for my line work to which I add colour, usually watercolour. I usually add colour selectively. Another of my approaches is to put colour on the paper first and work the lines over the top but there are several other approaches too!

What 5 words best describe your work?

urban, reportage, illustration, Storytelling, sense of place

Do you have any design heroes?

Yes! The landscape designer Dan Pearson for his incredible ability to convey a sense of place and of nature in his designs and George Butler, the War Reportage illustrator who has covered both the Iraq war and now the refugee crisis. His drawings are incredibly powerful and convey the plight of the people in those situations.

Where is your studio?

The streets and places where I draw! (i.e. I am out on location a lot!); for the finishing touches, including colour and lettering, I work from my cellar studio at home in Salford.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Respond to mail, Stock bag, draw on site; test colour and lettering


Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

Yes a very interesting piece of work for a festival but I am not able to talk about it yet!! All will be revealed very soon. I am also completing some wedding illustration work based on locations in Bury and Ramsbottom

What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar?

I will be selling high quality giclee prints of my most recent pieces completed in the last couple of months together with some giclee prints of some earlier works. I will also be selling a 2017 small desk calendar comprising sketches of Manchester City Centre. As you would expect, there is a story to all of them!

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Tell us something we don’t know

I was a research scientist before retraining as a designer and then an illustrator. I feel that all these experiences feed into my current illustrational work in numerous ways.





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