The New adventures of Mr Toad. Toad Hall in Lockdown.

I’m not sure where the time has gone, but already book two is out and there was so much I meant to do about book 1! But I have been working flat out on this series, so I shall just get on with telling you all about it.

To begin with I start very roughly, putting something down for every illustration in the book. It then becomes clear which areas need more research- in this case, how to draw a bike, lorries, safes, grilles, various gadgets and an egg throwing machine, to name a few.

I then redraw, still in small rough sketches something for each illustration. I look more at the composition and once I am happy with these, I work them up into a bigger rough, checking there is room for the type.


My roughs are normally fairly detailed, working the way I do, its hard to change things once it’s painted, so I try to work as much out as I can in the drawing. They’re usually just a line drawing, with the occasional shadows included. From initial sketch to final rough, some illustrations stay the same whilst others change completely.

With my limited palette of green and black, my extra colour was purple and I was allowed a bit of yellow for the eggs..

 

Book 2 was much easier to work on, in that I knew all the characters and their world. I had great fun drawing all the weasels and enjoyed drawing not so many cars!

 

 

‘The New Adventures of Mr Toad’

I am so happy to finally be able to tell you about a book I have just finished illustrating called ‘The New Adventures of Mr Toad. A Race for Toad Hall’ , written by the very clever and amusing Tom Moorhouse. It’s the first in a series of four books and it’s my first young chapter book.

I’ve worked on the book with the lovely team at OUP of Helen Mortimer and super designer Sarah Darby. They’ve let me show a couple of pictures, this one shows the ‘kids’-Teejay, Mo and Ratty.

And here’s Mr Toad himself.

And last but not least, a scene from the race track..

It’s got 75 illustrations and was great fun to work on. It will be published in March 2017.

 

 

 

 

It’s Christmas Fair time…

Yes Folks, its that time of year again. The fairy lights are dusted off, my boxes of products are packed up and I will have a stall at the wonderful Artists and Makers Fair in Lewes, this Saturday.

I’ll be selling lots of the products that are in my shop, but also some extras that you can’t get online, such as special Christmas Tattoos and a small number of Badger cushions.

Do come and say Hi!

 

Knitwear and Badgers.

Crikey where does time go?? Clearly a New Years resolution ought to be to blog more…

So here’s some new work. It’s portfolio pieces imagined for a young chapter book, they’re loosely based on the idea of a girl whose jumper has shrunk- Oh no! Who would she ring for help?? Badger of course!

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Badger, of course, comes straight over

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Measures up..

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Badger gets knitting.

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Hmmm, somethings not quite right.

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Third time lucky!

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More Open House.

As I said in my last post, we’re half way through the open house season in Brighton. Here are some more detailed pics of what I am selling..

Some greetings cards,

greetings cards

 

Some woolly bear badges,

 

badges

 

Some lovely bear notebooks,

notebooks

 

or how about a mermaid temporary tattoo?

mermaid tattoo

 

or has Mr Sausage Dog tattoo taken your fancy??

sausage dog +hat

 

My smashing Bird House stamp, stamped on everything!

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Go on, come and see us!

If you can’t make it, it will all be available on my Folksy shop very soon..