Last year I worked on a picture book with Quarto Kids and it is finally out in the world! Already published, they wanted to re- release the title with new illustrations, so asked if I was available. It was a pretty short turn around but I really enjoyed working with the lovely text and drawing all the animal characters who live on the banks of the river Nile. Here are a few images from within the book!
First things first... I have just re- stocked my Etsy, in time for Christmas with a few A3 Giclee prints, you can have a look here.
This month, I have been mainly writing and storyboarding some new ideas, which has been challenging and refreshing in equal measure!
I was also sent this little package from The National Trust, for whom I designed some Victorian servant characters for their Llanerchaeron servant's trail earlier this year. Really nice to see how they put the illustrations together to form this educational wheel.
In other news, we rescued a Portugese pup who goes by the name of Marge, she likes to help me work...
Some Victorian Servant characters I worked on a while ago for the National Trust. These are my favourites, the rest are up on my website!
New piece I did for Nature and Health magazine for an article about gut health.
Currently working on a few projects that I can't yet show but here are a few samples I did for a potential young fiction series for Usbourne. Unfortunately the project didn't go ahead but I was happy with these little rabbits!
A couple of weeks ago I was asked to be part of a lovely project for The Bristol Old Vic, designing the poster for their kid's Christmas production, 'Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain'.
I first sent a few different sketches of ideas I had...
and in the end, they settled on this one...
I then made a couple of changes that had been suggested, including making the text clearer, and coloured the final!
You can pre book your tickets here if you know any little ones that would enjoy a brilliant sea adventure!
Here are some new cards I have been working on for James Ellis. I often forget to post them here because I churn them out quite regularly. We are also working on a new range which should be finished in the late spring so watch this space!
Here are a couple in the flesh, or should I say in the glitter....
Also, at my last meeting with James Ellis I managed to take home these beautiful new cards from Ekaterina Trukhan, check out her work, it is really gorgeous.
I have been busy for the past couple of weeks preparing for a little solo exhibition at The Greenbank in Bristol and am very nearly ready! Here are some progress pictures and sketches. The exhibition will be hung on the 1st February and stay up for the month, so if you live in Bristol, go check it out! They do pretty good pizzas too...
Another illustration for Nature and Health magazine, this time for an article about safe sex and some progress shots taken from my Instagram.
Here is the piece I created for the Headway exhibition in Bristol. With the sales of the work, the charity managed to raise over £5000 for the brain injury charity!
Only a few days to go before 'Magnus' is launched at the 'Playfull Toyshop' on Gloucester Rd, Bristol. The launch is on Saturday the 17th October, from 11 am until 4 pm and as well as signing books, I will be colouring in with any little (or big!) ones who would like to join in!
After a long summer of all work and no play, I am finally going on holiday! Today has been a manic whirlwind of trying to get everything finished or up- to- date (and it's not over yet!) but just thought I would do a little post before I leave.
And these are some close ups of a piece I was working on yesterday for a charity exhibition for Headway which will be in October.
However, until then, I will be lying on a beach, looking at a computer as little as I possibly can!
Another '21 ways' article for Nature and Health magazine, this time about finding happiness.
Earlier this month I illustrated a map for the Devon Crumbs magazine, showing lot's of delicious places to eat in North Devon. I really enjoyed drawing all the little icons and it definitely made me want to take a trip down there and see for myself!
An illustration I did for another '21 ways' article for Nature and Health magazine, about how to breathe easier.
If you don't live in Australia (where the magazine is published) click here to read!
Thanks to Stephanie Blandin de Chalain (AD) always a pleasure to work with!
It's the weekend, it's sunny and I am off to enjoy it!
Here is an image from a new book project that I'm working on. The story isn't quite finished but I'm slowly getting there...
I have finally found a moment to sit down and write all about my first Bologna Book Fair experience so I will try to keep it brief but informative!
I had spoken to a few people about their experience before going, so as to prepare myself which really helped in knowing what to expect.
Laura Wood, who works in my studio gave me lot's of good advice and we actually ended up being at the fair together which definitely made us both feel much less nervous!
1. Before going, prepare your portfolio.
This sounds obvious but make sure it is up to date, taking out anything that you no longer feel fits in with your work. I definitely found a few pieces, that were by this point only fit for throwing in the bin!
2. Have something to put up on the illustrators wall and make sure you go there first thing on Monday morning if you want to have any space, it get's full very quickly...
I ended up printing loads of postcards and business cards which went in a little box that I stuck to the wall, as well as a couple of posters. As far as I know, I'm pretty sure that publishers and art directors don't really frequent the wall but lot's of people go and take your cards which is obviously just a really good way to get your name out there.
4. Visiting the ridiculous bookshop is a given. Inspiring and overwhelming, I walked around with an armful of books, not being able to decide what to buy.
In the end I just bought one Beatrice Alemagna book, Le Merveilleux Dodu Velu Petit, which, although I cannot fully understand, is wonderful and if anyone would like to send me the full English translation I would be eternally grateful!
5. Other than this, all I can say is be confident with your work and be prepared to learn.
From talking to anyone, be they publishers, art directors or even fellow illustrators, there is always something to learn that you didn't know before.
David Roberts' illustration on the Bloomsbury stand. Definitely excited to see the book that this illustration was for.
All in all, my trip inspired me to write more, draw more (always!) and book my flights for next year!
I created this illustration for an article about how unnatural light can affect children's sleep patterns for JUNO magazine.
The illustration originally had a blue 'night sky' background but after it was altered for the layout of the magazine (the background colour being used for the surrounding pages), I decided that I preferred it this way!
Illustration for an article entitled "21 Ways to find your Zen"for Nature and Health magazine.