about Liz Anelli Illustration
Who are you? My name is Liz Anelli and I am a British illustrator. I came to live in Newcastle exactly a year ago when Mario, my husband got an amazing job at the University of Newcastle. Our kids being happily in the middle of University courses in England, we’ve run away for a mid-life adventure.
What do you do? I make illustrations – mostly for for books, websites & CD covers – 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.
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 am currently 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. I tried to do something similar back in England but the local council wouldn’t allow it. Its great to be part of an organisation that has patiently built up such a strong network in Newcastle.
What are you doing in your new space? I have two major commissions on at the moment. A picture storybook about cricket for Walker Book Australia and a Newcastle City Council Community Assistance Programme and Port Corporation sponsored illustrated map for the Maritime Centre on Honeysuckle Foreshore.
Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? ] It was an eye clinic, so some of the rooms still have those sight test boxes in them. I did hanker for one of them but practicality over-ruled and my space instead has a large sink (where I can wash up my rollers and brushes) and enough floor and wall space to unroll and work on my 6 metre long drawings. The previous occupiers had painted it dark grey but now its bright white and looks even bigger. It also has lovely opaque tiled windows which remind me of the coloured window lights in some of the older houses especially in East Newcastle. I’m thinking of sticking some coloured acetate onto them so the rooms glows different colours.
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