Young illustrator wins six-book commission

Young illustrator Archie Bennett with author Colin Pitman
Young illustrator Archie Bennett with author Colin Pitman

A drawing of a household item has won one 12-year-old the chance to become a book illustrator.

De Aston pupil Archie Bennett, from Grasby, took part in a workshop with local author Colin Pitman earlier this year.

And Colin set the youngsters a challenge of drawing an everyday item from their home to fit in with the first of his book series, ‘The House That Talked’.

“There were some great pictures, but Archie’s just stood out,” said Colin.

“His drawing was very detailed and just fitted my style of writing.”

The announcement of 
Archie’s win was made in front of his whole year group during assembly.

“I was surprised when my name was called out,” he said.

“I am really happy and am looking forward to doing more illustrations.”

As a start, Archie will be providing at least three illustrations for ‘The Cupboard Under the Stairs,’ the next book in the series,and will be credited on the book for his work.

“We are very proud of what Archie has done for the year group and the school,” said Tim Gramson, Head of Year 8, “And the fact Colin is prepared to take it into the future is phenomenal.”