It’s been a while, the run up to Christmas was busy.. but here’s a couple of new images.
Bird iceskating, never as easy as it looks (as I discovered this holiday!)
I’ve recently read ‘My Dad’s a Birdman‘ by David Almond. What an amazing book! So beautifully written and visual and touching and sensitive. I loved it. I’m now working my way through his other books, which are just as rich in imagery and extraordinary stories. The book is beautifully illustrated by the wonderful Polly Dunbar,but I wanted to have a go myself. So heres the first of a series I’m planning..
“They were made of feathers and string and bits of old shirt and bits of bamboo and wire and thread and cardboard and feathers and feathers and feathers…He stood on tiptoes. He dreamed of flying like a swallow, like a swift, like a hawk, high above the house..”
David Almond you are a superstar!
I’ve just been playing with the idea of animals in the Olympics. So this could be the first of a few…I quite like the idea of some of the winter sports, but maybe thats just because its getting colder- actually a lot of my characters seem to be wearing more layers as the cold season approaches!
I’ve been doing some cards for birthdays. Happy belated birthday Hels!And Happy birthday Mum!I’ve been busy making rice krispie spiders and gory gingerbread skeletons for Halloween, but managed to fit in this little fella. I’m trying out HP paper too- not convinced so far,I think a few more experiments are in order.
Here’s an anniversary card I’ve just done. I’m still experimenting with watercolours, but finding them much easier to use than my concentrated Dr.Ph.Martin’s.I’ve been doing a number of ‘birds in jumpers’ sketches, and my husband thought these were funny so he tweeted them, (or is it twittered- not sure). It was suggested that I did a bird in a pringle tank top, so here it is, and on its way to you Nick, thanks for the suggestion!I could quite get into golf shoes…
Its been a while, so here’s a bit of a catch up. I’ve been trying out some new things, mainly different types of line with a variety of pens and have ended up going back to my dip pen that I used to use long ago. I’ve also combined that with having a go at watercolours, rather than my usual concentrated watercolour inks, and I am loving it!
I’m even trying to brush up on computer skills, mainly so I can blog a bit more frequently, but also so I don’t get overtaken by my children’s knowledge. Kinda scary.
Its been a crazy time! ‘The Mysterious case of the missing honey’ by Claire Freedman is now out. A great story and I had a lot of fun working on it. Heres a pic of the frog spread not quite completed.
‘Captain Bones’ is now not being published..but onto bigger and brighter things!
I’ve recently finished a book for Andersen Press called ‘ The King Who Wouldn’t Sleep’, due out in Sept this year. I’ll add some sneaky pics in the next post.
I actually was organised this year and have made my own Christmas cards. They were printed by moo who did a lovely job!
I’ve also found time in between Christmas shopping and reworking roughs to have had a bit of a play. I bought some speedball rubber stamp block and printed some cards too. I’d been wanting to have a go at using it for a while, and have got quite a few ideas for how to incorporate it in my work. The snowflakes were a stamp that I bought. Speedball was very easy to cut, much easier than lino, and I shall definitely be using it again.
Hoorah! I’ve sent the first set of roughs off to be looked at by the publisher and await discussions..
Meanwhile I had to send my agent (Eunice McMullen) some scans of colour work from my portfolio and it was good to see some of it again, after a long time. It always looks better after not looking at it for quite some time!
So here’s a few, they are mainly vignettes or single pages and from a variety of books.
This is from ‘Wanted! Have you seen this alligator?’. My first book and still probably one of my favourites. I was given a lot of freedom artistically and I think it shows in the artwork. Here is Alberto slipping on a bar of soap with Tina.
This is from ‘There’s no such thing as a ghostie!’. This is a vignette on the title page showing the Queen prodding a stuffed bear to see if there are any ghosties hiding (there isn’t)
‘Pedro the Brave’. This is on the title page and shows Pedro and Dusty and Ronnie the Horse. I do love a shadow!
The opening page of ‘Theres no such thing as a ghostie!’ A scene setter and quite a different one for me to have such a limited palette.
I’m now straight on with character designs for my next book, while awaiting comments…