I was young, four or five, when I worked on my first illustration brief. The submission - a hedgehog made of triangles - was accepted and I saw my work in print for the first time; page 3 of The Morning Star. My first paid Saturday job was to sell the very same paper. This gives you some idea of my background and where my work began. Further grist to my mill was a spell of ten years working as a Nurse, then Midwife. The move to motherhood sparked latent interests in creativity and my pencil was picked up, once again.
Based in South Wales, I have worked freelance as an Illustrator since graduating at Hereford College of Art in 2007. Over these years, I have worked for a wide client base ranging from The Guardian, Caerphilly Council, to Cbeebies. On a more local level, my non commissioned work has featured in group shows at The Art Shop and Gallery, Abergavenny. I have led and supported several local projects for Arts Alive Wales. My card designs are distributed by The Great British Card Company.
The past few years I have been working on illustrating chidrens books for The Parent Network and Families First.
Michael Morpurgo complimented one of our recent books 'The Vulture and the Lion' with the following words:
"... All I can say is that this is a terrific story, beautifully told, funny and meaningful, inventive and original. And the illustrations are so perfectly in tune with the text, wonderful colours, and full of life. Children would love it. The child in me loves it! ..."
I am currently making new work, drawn and painted, inspired by my home, garden, and beyond ...
2010 Association of Illustrators Gold award for Advertising 'Cunning Little Vixen' (see illustrations section)
2014 Art Director on BAFTA nominated short animation 'Poppies' for CBBC/Cbeebies
2016 'Poppies' nominated for Prix Jeuneese (interstitial finalist)
This website shows only a sample of my work; please contact me if you would like to see more. There is plenty.
For up to date goings on with Rachel follow her on Instagram racheltudorbest1966 and twitter @racheltbest.