Lucinda Gifford was brought up in Scotland and now lives with her family in Melbourne's northern suburbs, working as an illustrator, author and graphic designer from her cosy, messy home studio. Lucinda uses pencil, ink, crayon, marker, and watercolour to produce her illustrations, and usually uses PhotoShop to put everything together. When not sketching, designing or developing story ideas, Lucinda enjoys plot twists, beach walks and staring out the windows of Melbourne trams.
Who is your greatest influence?
Loads of writers and illustrators. For bright picture book illustration: I really love the lively, humorous characters of Jim Field, Sarah McIntyre and Sarah Warburton (all UK illustrators). I’m always looking at their books and websites to see how they approach projects and resolve problems. But I also admire David Roberts' Gothic, detailed illustrations… Edward Gorey, of course… and the warm, engaging books of Emily Gravett, Gus Gordon and Bob Graham.