Saturday, 31 December 2016

Forward and Back

there be Dragons...

Yes!! Aside from those Dragons in Game of Thrones - I eagerly await series 7 - My latest book with prominent red Dragon will be published in the summer of 2017. There is no Dragon in this story written by the new and dynamic author, Lou Carter. A story within stories, jiggling with delight amidst many familiar characters and one determined Dragon. More smoke signals nearer the publishing date.




A last few meaningful moments from 2016 here....

Many extraordinary people and organisations have been working towards supporting refugees and raising awareness about asylum seekers. Without doubt this year will be one that has shown all too many tragic scenes of families on treacherous journeys to safer lands. Some of these journeys have been documented and illustrated with great poignancy. The Vietnamese - Australian artist, Matt Huynh created these dramatic scenes to tell Nam Le's story in The Boat.

In the recent London Illustration Fair I saw the exhibition Where do we go from here?Amazing line drawings, works made by Nick Ellwood as he spent time in the refugee camps of Calais over the winter of 2015.

One of my fellow studio mates has been busy founding a new fund raising mission for refugees, originally through Calaid and now in the wake of clearing the Jungle in Calais the funding continues wherever food and clothing can be distributed in Europe. The fund is called The Kindness Tree and my small part in this was to design the logo. The Kindness Tree is made possible by creating collection trees in schools throughout the UK. See the little video for more info! I hope to post more about this project next year.




Just to add to the good work, here is a story illustrated by the very talented Sydney based artist Nancy Liang. I've long admired her work which here demonstrates an immersive way of telling Junko Morimoto's story, a survivor of Hiroshima in Junko's Story.

There have also been some triumphs on bringing our attention to old forgotten stories, such as the event organised by a friend about the Ladies Bridge or Waterloo bridge in London. Built by female construction workers during the second world war and here documented

Isabel & I as part of the hands across the Ladies Bridge

This year I visited the Bologna Book Fair! Never have I experienced so many kilometres of books! Simply overwhelming and inspiring I will never be the same and yet might return in 2017.


Joohee Yoon

Joohee Yoon
  

So alive
So dead!

So many people

There was much hilarity and fun in big knickers for Hooray for Knickers with the author(s) Jill Lewis aka Jill and Alison ( we also made Don't Read This Book ).

Cirencester Literary Festival

There was hide and seek when Lola visited our studio and resident dog Betty went into hiding!

I built a cardboard treasure chest...


and there were those many school visits




I collected some words that might see me through 2017...







Happy New Year!


Sunday, 3 April 2016

Book Mark Competition

I am very excited to visit One Tree Books in Petersfield Friday 8th April to judge their book marks competition!
The shop window already looks dazzling with all the brightly coloured bookmarks on display.
Please come and see for yourselves.




Friday, 5 February 2016

A Fantastic Dragon v Dinosaur review


Thank you Mudwaffler A brilliant blog bursting with the latest picture book reviews and gorgeous artwork. Click on the link.






Wednesday, 6 January 2016

A Happy New Shiny Year

Let's doff our caps adieu to 2015 and welcome in the New Year.
It certainly was very busy and I failed to post much on the blog- again! 
Without further ado here's some sketches of a forth coming book which features a rather emotionally explosive character, King Grumpy.
I loved drawing him and as the story unfolds, we appreciate the reasons for his tantrums... 


Don't get your Royal Knickers in a twist in 2016!




Friday, 9 October 2015

Another new book!

There's a Monster in my Fridge!


























Messy, hairy, sticky and slightly scary Monsters everywhere, this book is packed with surprises. Author Caryl Hart has written a stack of humorous books and you can view them here. This book has FLAPS! Around every corner there are THINGS lurking. So many in fact, you might have to get out a magnifying glass  - IF YOU DARE - to check whether you've spotted them all.
Happy hunting, here are some....things.....!














Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Dragon v Dinosaur Launch

Author Helen Baugh and I had a Fantastic and magical launch for our new book in Hove's favourite children's book shop the Book Nook. It was packed with little fancy dress witches and wizards. With wands aloft everyone joined in our reading of Dragon v Dinosaur, followed by rounds of special cup cakes and a beautiful book cover shaped cake. We then conjured up some of the best crafty witch and wizard hats to take home.
Thanks to all who came and the fine hosting at the BookNook!






Thursday, 24 September 2015

Dragon v Dinosaur! Published Today!

The Little Witch with an Itch...has a brother! 



Out today, the second magical story by author Helen Baugh. I was thrilled to illustrate the next tale of The Witch with an Itch. Now we have even more explosive spells in Dragon v Dinosaur. It's bursting with extraordinary transformations. 

The new story introduces a wizard brother, the little witch's twin! Brimming with rhyming fun, this time it's about sibling rivalry with the power of magic spells firing up the competition stakes, the conjuring creates a variety of exciting transformations. Ultimately the terrible two must work out their magic might and get with their imagination to save the day - and themselves!








This spells double trouble!



Here's a peek at some of the character sketches.