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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

I'm rubbish at this!

Just realised it's a year and a day since my last blog post - that's totally rubbish and I need to be more disciplined! I've had a very busy year and have been working on lots of lovely book projects - too many to mention here!! So, after a wonderful holiday in Corsica, it's back to the drawing board with a cluster of new projects and a full diary now till the end of the year. This is the cover of I Want My Daddy - more adventures with Arthur Mouse who loves dressing up and learning all about the big wide world - just so long as his Mum (or Dad) is within cuddling distance!

Monday, 15 July 2013

July update, and it's hot hot hot...

... but my studio is nice and cool and there's lots of work going on in here! I've just started a new book for Caterpillar Books and I'm really enjoying working on the roughs this week. Here's a sneaky preview - it'll no doubt all change before publication but I like this little chap on his pirate ship!

Last Youth Club for the summer tomorrow night as well and I'm planning to make fruity lemonade sodas with ice-cream for the kids, complete with old-fashioned stripey paper straws (wow, they're a lot more expensive than the plastic ones!) for a retro feel!
I've been painting this summer as well (pictures and the peeling window frames) So enjoying indulging my longing to paint my beautiful surroundings here in South Wales and finally I've made time to do it. This is with a view to exhibiting later in the year or early next year but I have a lot to do to get a body of work together in the meantime. Will post some pictures later - very different style for me!
After and alongside this book will be my next one for Little Tiger Press, the title still to be revealed to me! This will be ready for Frankfurt Book Fair in October. And my fourth trip to Edinburgh Festival in August to do an event based on I Want my Mummy. I'm designing a craft activity based on dragons and have found a great way to upcycle shower scrunchies to make smoke!!

Friday, 29 March 2013

Illustration Friday - Egg

What a lovely Easter theme for Illustration Friday. This one is from An Easter Prayer, published by Thomas Nelson. Happy Easter!

Friday, 14 December 2012

Illustration Friday - Snow

Another post for Illustration Friday - couldn't resist this one as I've just received my draft copy of a new book that I illustrated for Little Tiger Press called Dear Snowman which will be published next year. It's by Kathryn White and I'm excited about it because it's a lovely story - a real twist on the usual snowman books - and there are little extras such as postcards and stickers as well.
Here's one of the illustrations and a tiny bit of the story - a sneak preview for you!

That night, as Little Rabbit slept, the snow fell faster and faster. And something wonderful happened...

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Illustration Friday - Zoom!

Ah, couldn't resist this one - this is from 'Just One More' by Tracey Corderoy - fits the bill perfectly!

Friday, 9 November 2012

Illustration Friday - Tree

This is the first time in ages I've had a chance to update my blog - sorry for being remiss but I've been happily working away on another book for Little Tiger Press called 'Dear Snowman' and I just finished it yesterday - hurrah! Starting a sweet new one for Franklin Watts next week so I'm squeezing in a post for Illustration Friday's subject this week - Tree

This is an illustration I did for Red House Children's Book Awards last year after my book 'Yuck!That's Not a Monster!' won the Younger Reader prize in 2011. It was used in the publicity for last year's prize.
I thought it fitted the bill perfectly!

Saturday, 1 September 2012

On a Starry Night

Just had my copies of On a Starry Night delivered - I love to see books that I have illustrated for the first time in the flesh! This is one of a number of books that I've done for Stripes Publishing - it has 10 great little stories all on a wintery theme by different authors. I illustrated the cover and all the drawings inside too!