about Liz Anelli Illustration
Who are you? My name is Liz Anelli and I am a British illustrator. I came to live in Newcastle in 2012 when Mario, my husband got an amazing job at the University of Newcastle and we ran away for a mid-life adventure in the sun.
What do you do? I make illustrations – mostly for books, websites & newspapers – using a mixture of drawing, paint, printmaking, collage and computer ‘colouring in’. Every now and then I get out of the studio and draw what I see. My first project in Newcastle was a huge illustrated map covering the side of the Maritime Centre on Honeysuckle Wharf that grew from these drawings.
What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle? I was working in our tiny second bedroom with no room for the large-scale drawings I was working on and going stir crazy. I love the idea of bringing an empty space to life and also of sharing creativity (even if its just the occasional stop for a cup of tea) with fellow professionals. It’s great to be part of an organisation that is patiently building such a strong arts network in Newcastle.
What are you doing in your new space? Picture storybooks and more illustrated maps, mostly, and creating a body of prints to sell on-line and at Studio Melt on Hunter St Mall. My present book is about Lake Eyre for Walker Books. The artwork will be exhibited at The Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Region Library in 2016.
Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? ] I think the building was residential before being used as studios. There are lots of us here, 4 floors’ worth of creative people quietly making amazing things. I totally love leaning out of my corner window and spying on passers-by drinking coffee at One Penny Black, watching the cars coming down the ramp in the pink patterned David Jones car park and seeing what’s happening in the building opposite. When I get a minute I’ll draw it all.
Illustrators Australia: http://www.illustratorsaustralia.com/portfolios/liz_anelli
Society for Children’s Books Writers & illustrators: http://www.scbwi.org/Illustrators-Gallery.aspx?i=3009347701089340