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January 29, 2019

Where did January disappear to?

Happy New Year everyone! And as we enjoy the extreme heat of summer sometimes it's nice for the kids to chillax in a cool shady spot and enjoy being creative.

This year I thought I would share some of the art lessons I've taught after school and at our local primary school a few years back. 

So today we're doing a crayon rubbing, which is great for young kids to learn about colour mixing and the drawing and cutting helps develop fine motor skills.

Suitable for: 2 years (with help) - through to adults.


May 31, 2018

Hollybee Hope continues to challenge me.

Actually that's not quite true, it's just been difficult to have solid blocks of time to work on it.
An overdue deadline for Scholastic, my first ever, (the title took a lot longer to illustrate than I anticipated due to all the detail in each spread) has meant I've had to push the self-imposed deadline out by another few weeks. I'll know in a few days whether this will affect the publication date of end of August - fingers crossed it won't.

In the meantime I've been slowly working my way through each of the p...

March 28, 2018

Time marches on and while I find it frustrating not being able to spend as much time as I want to on Hollybee due to other illustration commitments, I am overall happy with progress.

Sophie Siers of Allis the Little Tractor fame, and owner of a small publishing house, took Hare to the Frankfurt Book Fair late last year. While there was interest shown in the book, no rights were sold, so when an opportunity arose for Hare to go to Bologna with Sophie, I leapt at the chance. “It would be nice,” said Sophie, “if I could also take your hedgehog book with me...

February 27, 2018

Looking back, it occurs to me that I hadn't been completely happy with my main character for some time. I was happy with Maddie, Basil and Nanny Snuffles. I was happy with the dialogue and action, but something wasn't quite right with Hodge. At times I would catch a  glimpse of who and what this character should be, but nothing was clear.

Sometimes, when it feels like an uphill grind, it pays to back off, work on something else for a while and then go back to it refreshed.

Something wasn't working with my main character but it wasn't until...

January 23, 2018

This personal project is slowly coming together, a bit slower than I'd like really, but we are getting there.
Since last month I've continued working on the page roughs, but at full size after scanning them into Photoshop. Now that I’m working at the finished size, I’m able to think about the backgrounds in each spread and start to build the world the characters are inhabiting. The idea that book covers, end papers and title pages can set the stage for a story has always intrigued me, so with this in mind I’ve used the imprint and title page to carry vi...

December 11, 2017

Last month I showed you the start of my process around illustrating a book - the initial thumbnails and why it’s so important for me to see an overall view of the book at this stage.
Since last month I’ve been reworking those rough and hairy thumbnails, knocking them into a bit more shape, although I'm sure some of you may struggle to make sense of them.
I also re-read the report from my manuscript assessor.

Having a professional assessment done is probably the most valuable investment I have made with my own stories. Over time...

November 12, 2017

Well, time is ticking along and not much progress has been made on my own titles, so I've decided to blog about my process as a way to keep me on target with my deadline.
I'll share with you what I do once I receive a manuscript and how I turn those initial thoughts when reading through the manuscript for the first time, into a full colour, with surround sound (well maybe not quite that) book that will (hopefully) delight children and parents alike. And with multiple readings picture books do need to become an adult's favourite as well as a ch...