Shirley Hughes

There is an interesting article about Shirley Hughes in the independent. Last year, at the age of 84, Shirley has wrote her first book.

Shirley was born in 1927, the daughter of Thomas Hughes, who was the founder of the recently demised TJ Hughes chain of discount stores.

Shirley started her career as an illustrator when she enrolled at the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford, in 1944.

Shirley started her first work when she landed her first job illustrating the cover for a book called The Hill Wall.

This is one of Shirley’s images from the alphabet series she created – “U” us for umbrella. There is a very gentle and innocent tone given off from the image. Actually, it reminds me of the illustrations that were atypical of the Enid Blyton children’s books – this style would go hand in hand with her writing. With this image, I like the multitude of tones within the blue color of the umbrella – all the variations in shade contradict the simplicity that the picture exudes.