Picasso said, "Every child is an artist." 

I'm inspired by children's drawings everyday. Whether it's a potato shaped doodle or finely turned out masterpiece, kid's art reminds me to see beauty and magic in everything. Each month I'd like to feature a young artist who has really impressed me, so we begin with ...

Tilly Howard, age 6

The first of Tilly's drawings I saw was for an order back in January and it is still one of my favourite bags that have been printed. The joy and expressiveness of her artwork sums up why I love making gifts for friends and families so much! 

Tilly says;

I'm the one with the blond pig tails (left), my sister Molly has the yellow dress because that's her favourite colour, my granny is in the green dress and she has rollers in her hair and that's our brother Bob beside her. We're at our granny's house in the drawing. I coloured the sun yellow, orange and red to make it look more realistic.


Tilly has kindly created two wonderful drawings for this interview, I loved asking her about her work and what inspires her...

Hello Tilly, have your drawings changed since the first one you sent me?

Yes, they're better! Now they have more detail, like I stick things on to my drawings or I draw more things in my pictures.

Do you like drawing different things?

I love drawing different things like towns or cities, I also like drawing food like cakes, buns and ice cream!

Do you have a favourite colour?

I like purple and my very favourite colour is mint.


This drawing is brilliant! There is so much going on in it, can you tell me about it? Is this your cat?

I don't have a cat!!! The cat is a fountain for people in the town to look at. The bird is flying to its nest, it's in the apple tree so it has something to eat. The path leads to a cafe, it's called the bakers buns. The pond is in a park, there's a lily pad beside the fish and that's a bridge over the pond so people can walk around the park.

Do you think of something first, or just draw?

I just think of something before I draw.


This one really makes me smile, a lot of happy faces and hearts...

The girl (left) is me, the boy (baby) is my brother and the other one (in the middle) is my dad. My baby brother is very happy because his big sister is there but he's driving my dad mad because he threw his bowl of cereal on the floor "oh shucks Bob, not again!" I love my mummy, my daddy, my baby brother and my baby sister.

How do you feel seeing your artwork printed onto a bag or T-shirt?

I love it, it makes me feel very happy.

Can you think of other things you'd like to have your drawings printed on?

I'd do a drawing of food for an apron! I'd also love to do a drawing of me swimming and have it put on a waterproof swim bag or maybe a school bag or pencil case. I'd love a mat and a bean bag for my room as well as a duvet. I'd also love to put lots of different drawings of different coloured musical notes on a skirt or else on a scarf.

Thanks for the ideas Tilly. Keep drawing, you really are a true artist! xxx



October 12, 2014 — Julie Cox


Anthony Tierney said:


You are a wonderful artist. If we published Children’s books at Four Courts Press I would definitely hire you straight away to do all of the drawings.

These are the best drawings that I have seen all of this year, you really are a very talented artist

Lots of love,

Anthony xxx

Anthony Tierney
Sales & Marketing Manager
Four Courts Press
7 Malpas Street
Dublin 8
Tel: 014534668
e-mail: anthony.tierney@fourcourtspress.ie

Mary Flanagan said:

Tilly is so artistic and so amazing she also happens to be my
Wonderful Granddaughter and I am the Granny with the rollers
We love her to bits. Keep drawing Tilly you have an amazing
imagination !

Ruth and Imelda Howard said:

We are very proud of Tilly the artist and are lucky to get some of her masterpieces for free! x

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