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Heather Arnold Dip. Graphic Design, Dip. Digital Media, Certificate in Electronic Music Production

I have been a graphic designer/ illustrator for over 30 years.

I graduated from Auckland Technical Institute in 1985 with a Diploma in Graphic Design, and have worked for many years in small design studios and printing companies.

I have designed and illustrated six stamp issues for New Zealand Post:- Wildflowers, 1990 Commonwealth Games, Hector's Dolphin, the Rugby League Centenary, the $20 Definitive Stamp and the 2010 Christmas Stamps for Nuie.

In 2002 - 2006, I attended classes to learn about the different art/illustration mediums, including - acrylic, pastel, watercolour, water-based oils and life drawing. To gain an understanding of tonal value, design, colour, complimentary colours, the coloured greys and how to employ these in my illustration work.

In 2007, I had my first book published called Draw New Zealand Birds, which won the LIANZA Elsie Lockie award for non-fiction in 2008.

I completed a diploma in Digital Media at Media Design School in Auckland in 2007, designing HTML/CSS websites, Flash websites and Flash games – see www.dragonsauce.com

I illustrated and designed the book Rangitoto, authored by Maria Gill, published in 2009. Rangitoto was shortlisted for The New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2010 in the non-fiction category.

I illustrated and designed the book The Call of the Kokako, authored by Maria Gill, published in June 2011, which was shortlisted for the LIANZA Elsie Lockie award for non-fiction and the Russel Clark award for Illustration in 2012.

In 2014 Draw New Zealand Birds was published under my own imprint Dragonsauce Books and Rangitoto, published with Maria Gill.

In 2015 I completed a 6 month part time course and graduated with a certificate in Electronic Music Production from SAE.

I currently work as a freelance graphic and web designer, and on further book projects.