Sunshine Smile Publications is delighted to showcase the very talented Angela Muss!
Angela is a children's author and illustrator whose passion for her work clearly shines through.
She is such an inspiration!
She is such an inspiration!
Working with different textures and bright colours, her gorgeous illustrations cheerfully capture child and animal characters brilliantly. Angela believes "We will always have the gift of creation and the pleasure to share it."
She certainly has and she certainly does. Enjoy!
The endearing expressions on the children's faces perfectly convey their emotion, and we absolutely love the freckles!
VERA AND ANJU
Written by Bernat Muss
Illustrated by Angela Muss
VERA and ANJU is a series of books following the adventures of Vera and her imaginary fairy friend Anju. Vera can, at times, be a trouble-maker but Anju is always there to make her think twice and in a fun way, learn how to do things well. This is not a story about good and evil, but the creativity of children and how they come up with amazing ideas to have fun!
Vera and Anju
One Day At Home
On their first adventure Vera discovers how to do things differently with Anju's touch. Together, they both make the simplest things in life, like having breakfast, a lot more fun. What could possibly go wrong? Embark in Vera's fantastic journey with us and enjoy all the wonders she will unearth!
Q & A with Angela Muss, Author Illustrator
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm also working on six beautiful baby books for Bookworks (SoftPlay). SoftPlay is the leading producer of early language development interactive cloth books and felt playsets for infants and toddlers. Licenses under SoftPlay include Fisher-Price and Sesame Workshop.
As well, I'm working with Dorling Kindersley (Penguin Group) on a stunning Hide & Seek book series.
Established in 1974, DK publishes best-selling, award-winning and visually stunning reference books for adults and children. DK children's books combine outstanding information with magical illustrations and design. Hide & Seek Animals is now available.
I've also recently worked on some amazing projects including HAPPY EASTER POSTERS TO COLOUR published by Autumn Publishing, personalised book THE BIRTHDAY published by Fabuloos Dreams, COLOURS published by Bookworks (SoftPlay), HIDE & SEEK ANIMAL published by Dorling Kindersley and TEACHER REWARD KIT published by Magi Design. All of these fantastic projects will be available very soon.
And through the amazing work of my illustration agency Advocate Art, I have also sold several greeting cards over the past few months for major companies including UKGreetings, Paper Magic and WHSmith.
Is there anything you're busy promoting?
I'm constantly promoting all my published work on my Blog, Twitter, Facebook Page and the Advocate Art blog, but soon I'm going to be very busy promoting my fantastic new book series VERA AND ANJU and a few other surprises coming very soon!
Can you recommend a children's book that you recently enjoyed?
Yes sure! I very much enjoyed the children's book THERE ARE NO CATS IN THIS BOOK written and illustrated by Viviane Schwartz. Genius!
I absolutely love the book DOGS DON"T DO BALLET written by Anna Kempt and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie. Stunning illustrations and a funny & heartwarming story!
I'm also completely in love with Dubravka Kolanovic books - I love all her books. Her art and sensitivity touch my heart and she's a personal friend of mine; she's a great person and a very talented artist.
I love the Charlie and Lola book series by Lauren Child! A must- have if you like contemporary illustrations and great ideas!
And of course I will highly recommend MY FANTASY PET SHOP CAROUSEL illustrated by Angela Muss (yes that's me!) published by Tango Books. Tango Books does outstanding work. Their carousel books are marvellous and magical - a dream come true!
That's just to name a few - I have so many other favourite children's books. You should see how excited I am when I'm in a children's bookstore! That's my world! And if you have any children's books to recommend please get in touch. I'd be really happy to hear from you. I'm always looking for new children's books to collect! I'm passionate about them!
Do you have a piece of advice for beginning authors or illustrators?
Here we go... :) I would recommend to all new authors or illustrators to first of all have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is essential! I will even say that enthusiasm comes first over talent! Enough enthusiasm will always bring out some kind of talent! So please if you want to be creative be enthusiastic - enjoy what you do then you'll make others enjoy it too. But that's of course just a personal opinion.
Draw, draw and draw. Don't stop drawing or writing or both! Never stop doing what makes you happy even if you don't receive positive feedback, please don't worry just keep on - you never know when someone will fall in love with what you do!
Be patient, be optimistic, create new things, listen to others, listen to yourself and never stop dreaming! One day you'll wake up and your dream will come true!
Whether they stand out on their own or become part of a vibrant scene, Angela's animals are adorably playful.
Angela's Creative Process
I use my spontaneous imagination a lot to create my illustrations. Ideas can come at anytime, anywhere. When I have a good idea to illustrate, if I'm not at my desk, I'll immediately write it on my mobile phone. Then later on in my studio, I'll first draw a sketch on paper or directly onto Photoshop, then I can see whether or not the idea would be successful.
Once the sketch is done, I take some of the hundreds of textures that I have on my databases and I start to mix them in a very spontaneous, intuitive and creative way.
For the process I usually use two different brushes and mix them on my illustrations using bright colours. That's how I like to enjoy the process of illustrating! And I love the final surprise when I see the art finished!
Usually I get my best ideas when I'm not trying to look for them; especially when I'm sleeping, watching TV, taking in some sunshine, or travelling on a plane. And I love to spend hours in bookstores looking at children's books, then for sure my creativity flows! :)
I've been drawing since I was a little girl, all my life, many hours a day - so I guess that's the reason why I draw very spontaneously and directly from the heart. With the big dream of making children happy all over the world with my colourful art!