Since 1994, I have been making my own notebooks and sketchbooks. If I don't make one from scratch, I customise the notebook with my marbled papers and do things like gluing envelopes inside the covers for keeping ephemera. They tend to be scruffy, rambling affairs, but they are all mine, and I never suffer 'first page angst' when starting a new one - because it was already begun when I made it. It's nice to be able to customise proportions and to mix the papers inside according to my current interests. Many are tiny, doll's house proportions - easy to slip into a pocket or small handbag for instant availability in situations when it might be frowned upon to whip out a sketchbook!
THE WEEKLY: BINKY McKEE AND ME
Welcome to my blog where I share my work as an illustrator as well as occasional events from the week.
I illustrate under the pen-name of Binky McKee, McKee being my mother's maiden name. Binky was the name of every single cat my great-grandmother owned - about 40 of them during her life! It seemed natural to devote my more nurturing, colourful, story-telling work to the female side of the family, whilst practicing my art work under my paternal name.
Currently I am working on illustrating a children's book, and of course I can't resist an Instagram challenge such as Folktale Week or Inktober!
I hope you enjoy the work!
Heather Eliza Walker
Artist in Edinburgh, Scotland