From Sketch to Book at Magination Press: Christine Battuz!

Christine Battuz obtained a Master of Arts degree from l’Accademia di Belle Arti di Perugia in Italy. Her delightful illustrations can be found in over sixty children’s books and magazines. She currently works as an illustrator in Canada, Korea, Europe, and the US, and she is a partner in a graphic design studio called Kuizin.

Christine has been working her whole life towards her dream of becoming an illustrator, and her beautiful illustrations for Marvelous Maravilloso show that practice really does make perfect.

Please welcome artist Christine Battuz!

Tell us a little about your background. What led you to become an illustrator? I think I was born an illustrator! I began to illustrate as soon as I was able to hold a pen in my hand, and I have been drawing all my life. As far as I can remember, I have always been into drawings. I draw, I paint, I teach drawing and watercolor techniques. I draw at work as an illustrator, I draw after work to relax, I draw traveling. When someone asked me as a kid what I wanted to do later in life, my answer was drawing. So, when the time came, I went to study art and drawing in Italy.

How were these illustrations created? What materials did you use? I love to try new kind of papers, pens and pencils, and colors. I love experimenting! For this book, I mixed sketch drawing, watercolor, and numeric collage with Photoshop.

Tell us about your process. What was fun or surprising about the illustration process?
1. Sketching, sketching, and sketching! Thinking of my characters in my old sketch book.
2. Sharing with the fantastic Magination team!
3. Playing with colors.
4. Sharing with the fantastic Magination team! Etc.…

What was your favorite book as a child? It was an old fairy tale book my grandmother gave me and a “how to draw” book for children, which I’ve had since I was five.

Do you have any favorite illustrators? A couple of my favorites are David Roberts, Lisbeth Zwerger, Wolf Erlbruch, and Matt Stephens.