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By Victoria Byron, Aug 15 2018 11:54AM

There is still a couple of weeks to see Gerald the giraffe at the 'Alfie's Night Out' exhbition. Gerald is quite big headed in this story about being the most popular exhibit in the museum! Huge thanks to Roy Adams for taking some wonderful photographs.

By Victoria Byron, May 25 2018 03:42PM

As I was drawing in the museum I came across a sparrow - no 114. He stood out to me amongst the more bigger and colourful birds in the collection. He looked cheeky and chirpy, yet small and ordinary. I thought children would relate to him as they can often feel small and overlooked, so he was just right for my main character. Initially I wanted to call him Solomon but it was decided by the museum that he would be name Alfie. Much more child friendly, so, the character of Alfie began to develop.

By Victoria Byron, May 25 2018 03:24PM

Please come and see the exhibition it if you have the chance. It's on until September 2nd. Good for little ones, and grown ups alike!

By Victoria Byron, May 25 2018 02:30PM

It's 150 years since The Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) first opened its doors in Exeter. For their anniversary the museum asked me to design a children's book to be sold in their shop.

The brief was to show a variety of exhibits from the collection at RAMM and include Prince Albert himself of course!

By Victoria Byron, May 11 2018 11:57AM

This is my first children's book, commissioned by The Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) for their 150th anniversary, which has been such a rewarding project to work on.

Originally I was asked to do some art workshops, for schoolgroups, to encourage children to explore the museum. From the workshops the idea for this story developed.

I had free reign to chose a creature from the museum's collection and develop it into the main character in this story. One day I was drawing in the birdroom and suddenly I saw him! The sparrow - because he was small and ordinary, sitting in the middle of a vast array of beautiful, big, colourful birds. So, Alfie was born! Small and ordinary but ready for an exciting adventure...

By Victoria Byron, May 18 2017 09:54AM

I have been working on some new characters today #illustration. I have had a couple of trip to the theatre lately, so maybe that inspired this lovely lady. I have seen two amazing plays 'La Strada' and 'Othello' at the Northcott Theatre. #theatre. Both producations spectular in very different ways. La Strada was so creative and visually beautiful and held me spellbound throughout. Othello was so convincing and moving. Both productions had such wonderful actors and although I didn't dress up like the lady below, I hope to visit the theatre more often for some inspiration.

By Victoria Byron, May 10 2017 12:40PM

This is the first exhibition by The Exeter Illustrators at RAMM, which I am thrilled to be part of! It's on until 2nd July, so if you live in Exeter go and see it!

By Victoria Byron, May 9 2017 01:23PM

Since creating the character of Tamlin, I have drawn hundreds of horses from various of angles, trying to work out the essence of what a horse looks like.

Drawing from photographs is not much good as it tends to create a static character, so I tend to draw from videos, which helps to see their movementsand I can stop and replay if I miss something. Drawing from life is best and if I see a beautiful horse in a field I stop and draw it, especially if it is a sunny day in Devon.

When I draw Tamlin I try and imagine an innocence or naivety in his nature, which hopefully comes across through his expression or posture or the way he holds his ears or tail.

Tamlin is based on a Dartmoor pony as he is quite short and fat with a long fringe and mane, and very lovable. Here are some of him in various positions.

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