Surrey illustrator draws bear for charity book

News Posted 06/12/17
Avril Taberner, 28, from Laleham, Surrey has been chosen by the Million Makers team at Cunard in Southampton to illustrate the charity book, Charles Grand Adventure.

The team at Cunard are taking part in The Prince’s Trust Million Makers. Million Makers is an entrepreneurial fundraising challenge which sees teams of employees from companies across the UK competing to raise at least £10,000 or more over a period of six months for The Prince’s Trust.

Collectively the teams are aiming to raise £1,000,000 to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people around the country.

Avril, who works as a marketing and HR advisor at an insurance company, has always had a keen interest in drawing and then went on to study art and design in higher education.

Charles Grand Adventure is Avril’s first illustration work to be published, having only ever shared her work with family and friends until contacted by the team at Cunard.

Avril Taberner said: “It was so exciting to be asked to illustrate this book. The main character Charles was drawn from an actual teddy bear which I adapted to give him a vintage feel.

“The whole book took around two months with the trickiest parts being drawing the people in the story as usually I never sway away from drawing animals. The best part was seeing the book in print. It really was a ‘WOW’ moment for me!”

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