Danielle Dey

Illustration, BA (Hons)

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About me

My name is Danielle Dey, I am an illustrator from West Yorkshire currently studying in Preston, at the University of Central Lancashire.

During my Foundation Art & Design course, I found myself interested in illustration through my love of providing narratives to my work, especially in observational drawing studies.

This was developed further in my degree, by creating pictures that are brought to life through a combination of my creative direction, and the viewers imagination.

One of my fondest memories of my time at Preston, is volunteering at the Foxton centre, a local homeless / youth shelter. This furthered my interest in story-telling through picture making, as I created a wall mural representing Preston’s character and people.

Continuing at UCLan to do a Masters in Children’s Book Illustration, I have begun to research gaps in the market for educational Children’s books, and hope to fill those gaps during my Masters.

My project focuses on three different character's that each aim to provide an individual narrative in book form, that has the purpose of being educational and aesthetically appealing. I sought out an alphabetical narrative as the concept for my project, designing a collection of book covers that could each be associated with the letters A,B and C. Using word play for my narrative,I put together spreads with objects that began with A to create a nonsensical, unique narrative that can be read without words, only having a visual narrative. I have also included works from my Carmelite entry this year.

Alphabettie: The Letter Detective front cover

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Alphabettie: The Letter Scout front cover

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Alphabettie: The Letter Explorer front cover

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The first spread of The Alphabettie book series

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Featuring a scene from the Alphabettie: The Letter Detective book

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Close up of my character Alphabettie: The Letter Detective from a book spread

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Details of end papers from the Alphabettie: The Letter Detective book

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Details of end papers from the Alphabettie: The Letter Detective book

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Hachette Carmelite Prize: Moon Mouse full colour book spread

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Hachette Carmelite Prize: Moon Mouse full colour book spread

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Keywords: picture book, children's book, alphabet book, coloured pencil, watercolour, children's book illustrator, carmelite, moon mouse