The Dark is a children’s book, which I have written and illustrated. It is a self-directed image-making project, which uses a collage of hand made and digital illustration to bring it to life. The book attempts to dispel common childhood fears surrounding the dark. Instead it invites children to explore the concept in a different way. The story is set in the half-dream like colours of the gloaming. I wanted to shift the reader’s perception of the dark from ominous to magical through a series of images rich in texture and pattern. I felt it important to retain a handcrafted aesthetic throughout the work, creating layers through pencil, pen and ink, paper sculptures and watercolour.