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Welcome to my webpage

 My name is Heather Sparrey and I am an artist / illustrator living and working in North Herefordshire, UK.


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As an artistic individual it is not always easy to know, from the outset, exactly what kind of artist you are. I have developed my skills over the years exploring many forms of expression, from theatre to sculpture and glassmaking to printmaking, with a sprinkle of non-artistic and less glamorous fields like zoo keeping.

Now that my life as an artist has matured and settled, I can see a clear linkage back through my journey. It was my children who first inspired me to become a story teller and channel my passion through illustration, I will always be grateful to both of them for lighting the beacon!

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My work is naturally and most often character led as I love creating characters and crave the challenges that illustration of this nature presents. I like to imagine a picture book as a piece of theatre, caught up in a series of freeze frames. I am passionate about creating a sense of drama and enjoy every aspect of the work, from developing my initial design ideas right through to realising them in action upon the page.

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I instantly know when a character has arrived in my sketchbook, because, all of a sudden, it's looking right back at me, like the drawing has somehow developed a pulse.

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Gallery


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As a young artist I grew up with the practical limitations of canvas and paper and those challenges were often further inhibited by old fashioned messy, sticky masking aids and a blunt scalpel!  Digital media, to me, feels like owning a magic wand, it has an ever-increasing presence in my work because it gives my workflow such a wonderful sense of freedom.


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The computer allows me to quickly develop my initial design ideas and gives me an enormous flexibility to further generate their alternatives. I still love to get dirty and work hands on with a variety of mixed media and I use a wide range of techniques to produce original illustrations.

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I enjoy being inventive with everything and will often use hand produced art as elements that are applied or adapted and digitally collaged -  working this way enables me to utilize the variable textures of different mediums together to create and retain a rich effective content. This work can then be used for many different applications, from graphic design and company logos to conceptual character design and editorial or book illustrations.
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If you are interested in my work, would like to commission a piece of original art or want to talk about a project, please contact me directly to discuss your requirements.

I would love to hear from you.


Thankyou for your visit.

Feel free to contact me: heather@spurdog.com