Greetings fellow creatives, I am excited to present my interview with Patrick Brooks, an up and coming children’s fantasy book artist and author. A big fan of his exquisite work, I look forward each week to catching his recent lovely art posts on Twitter, showcasing creations filled with engaging magical style and expertise in creating imaginative, captivating fairy tale art.
Patrick is a writer and illustrator from Yorkshire, England. Just a hop, skip and a jump across the “pond” from those of us here in the states. In 2016 he released a young adult fantasy novel Deathcat Sally and he is represented as a children’s illustrator by Advocate Art. Patrick mostly creates illustrations digitally in Photoshop with custom pastel, paint and canvas brushes. You can view a showcase of Patrick’s work on his website! Patrick’s luminous and enchanting illustrations never fail to completely transport his audience into a fantasy world while charming and intriguing the imagination with such sublime color, light, and charm. Take a glimpse through his fantastic gallery as each art piece easily engages and presents itself with it’s own little tale, wrapping around the details, twinkling with whimsical fable, and flowing with the beauty and delicacy of each piece.
The neck/shoulder/arm nerve injury I had in 2010 definitely affected me as for a long time I could no longer illustrate properly. This actually made me focus on writing Deathcat Sally.
When the injury healed enough for me to be able to illustrate again, I’d say using a graphics tablet instead of a mouse to create illustrations was another defining moment. Also, the creation of my own custom pastel, paint and canvas brushes has allowed me to create the textured feel of using soft pastels.
Thanks so much for sharing your story, Patrick! We look forward to more of your wonderful work! Readers can follow Patrick on Twitter, Facebook, Etsy, and, of course, the Web!