Notebook: 15 October 2015 | ILLUSTRATION
I’m a big fan of the illustrator Bridie Cheeseman’s work. I like her naïve style and sometimes slightly mysterious subject matter – she appears to capture a moment in a story such as the bearded man making a hurried exit in the painting above. Has he just been reading to the two children and why is he now rushing off? And who is the child whose presence is only shown by legs in spotty tights?
In another illustration called ‘Late summer drive’ a car passes along a street as a cat and dog look on. Meanwhile a man mows his lawn and a girl appears to be exercising through an open window. Three burning candles in another window and a strange landscape (England, USA?) in the distance all add to the sense of intrigue and mystery.
Bridie has a great feeling for colour and composition and one of my favourite paintings is her ‘Elephant entering a sock shop’. There’s a real sense of depth and closer study reveals an odd assortment of characters wearing coloured woolly socks… So we have this curious and clever mix of child-like and charming innocence combined with a slightly brooding and unsettling quality.
More recently Bridie has been experimenting with comic book narratives and the spread above, appears in a magazine called Soap published by the Fold Collaborative that was set up by Bridie and fellow illustrators when they were students together at Falmouth School of Art. Bridie is available for commissions and you can see more of her intriguing work here.