Karen Erasmus

In 2006, when my children were still babies, (they’re huge now!) I returned to college to explore my love of art and drawing. I spent four years trying to learn how to draw well enough to illustrate children’s books. During this time I enjoyed running a local art class. In 2011 I was approached by Hachette Children’s Books to illustrate my first book.

Since that first contract, my career as an illustrator has been really varied. I have illustrated around 20 children’s picture books for many different publishers and organisations. My home surroundings and three busy children have always helped to give me ideas for scenes and characters.

Creativity and exploration have always been important to me. I started travelling at the age of 18, living in The Nederlands and Israel. After graduating I volunteered in Eritrea, East Africa for a year. I travelled on to Australia where I met my husband and returned to London. But the travelling didn’t stop there. We lived in Africa with our first child before migrating permanently to Melbourne.

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