11 October 2017 by Christina Barker
Hi! I’ve been working on a drawing of you as your Chinese animal zodiac for our Meet The Team page on our website!
Not exactly, although my average day with Snowflake does always involve art in some way, I’m usually more focused on design, as it’s not everyday someone new joins our team and we need to update the website! My role is usually to update our social media platforms with graphics to make everything more visual and artistic to reflect the books.
I honestly didn’t think too much about the fact that they’re not strictly western, as I’m very open-minded and flexible, but I knew if I were to work with Snowflake then I’d definitely learn a lot!
I don’t, other than the fact that I am interested in aspects of Eastern cultures. It definitely is something that could be improved in schools, as I had very little knowledge of Eastern culture, let alone Eastern art! I was always interested in art in school, so I think learning about art from other cultures would have been really exciting. Foreign language studies don’t tend to be very visual so I struggled a bit to learn those in school, but I think if there had been a language class, such as Mandarin, where we learned more visually, e.g. with Snowflakes books, it would have been a lot more interesting and appealing to visual and creative learners.
It was purely a coincidence! I had been interested in going to South Korea for a couple of years and it just happened that, as I was planning the trip, I also joined the Snowflake team. I learned a lot, and was able to see some of the things I’d learned about with Snowflake in real life, such as the nine sons of the dragon hidden on and around the temples!
Face painting definitely always goes well, and I also sometimes draw the children’s Chinese animal zodiacs from the books, which have to be done really quickly - they love seeing their animal come to life on paper.
Definitely. I’ve always enjoyed working in a lot of different styles because I get bored of working in one style for too long and want to experiment, so when I joined Snowflake I wanted to develop a new style that merged my watercolour/cartoon style with the other artists’, so my work fitted with Snowflakes existing style, but was still identifiable as being mine and not a copy of the others.