Meet the Carnforth illustrator behind the Inspector Ted book

A talented young illustrator was thrilled to win a competition to design the front cover of a children's book written by a local police sergeant.

Monday, 22nd January 2018, 2:22 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd January 2018, 3:25 pm
Sgt Adie Knowles from Morecambe Police pictured with illustrator Hannah Robinson, who drew the front cover for the popular Inspector Ted book. Inspector Ted was a knitted soft toy lost by a child near the Venus and Cupid statue in Morecambe and despite many appeals, the owner was never found. Sgt Adie Knowles wrote a book about Inspector Ted's adventures to raise money for local charity Unique Kidz and Co, and Hannah's entry was chosen from many others to become the front cover illustration for the book.

Hannah Robinson, 14, of Carnforth, who has been drawing most of her life, drew Inspector Ted, Morecambe Police’s unofficial mascot, for a Facebook competition

Her winning design now graces the front cover of the book titled ‘Inspector Ted - the true story of a teddy who became a police officer’which was written by Sgt Adie Knowles at Morecambe Police.

Hannah, a pupil at Carnforth high School said: “To make a front cover I needed to include the police officer himself and a Morecambe scene. As I have always lived in this area, I was more than familiar with the variety of scenes I could choose from.

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“I sketched my chosen design out to ensure it was the right size then transferred my work onto watercolour. A whole lot of watercolour, ink and coloured pencils later, the illustration was finished and ready to send off.

“When it was decided that the Inspector Ted I drew was going to appear on the front cover, it was really a dream come true!”

Hannah’s family were very impressed and her mum Karen bought a few copies of the book, which has already raised £1500 for the Unique Kidz and Co charity.

This isn’t the first time Hannah has won a competition - two years ago she won CITV’s Share a story.

She said: “I’m going to work on developing my style and I eventually want to become a children’s book illustrator.”

Sgt Adie Knowles said: “‘We were delighted with the front cover that Hannah designed for the Inspector Ted book. We have to remind ourselves that Hannah is only 14 ! She is a talent in the making. “

Visit Hannah Robinson Illustrations on Facebook or www. to look at her website and blog. Hannah also does commissions.