Last week I saw the real Winnie-the-Pooh with  Piglet, who is actually very small, and Tigger, Kanga and Eeyore  in the New York Public Library, where they now all live. The “Pooh dolls” as they call them have been at the library since 1987 and were a gift from Milne’s American publisher. They were on […]

This week I had the best post ever, the first copies of my book The Dawn Chorus. Even though I have been making this book for over 2 years it was a wonderful surprise!  Seeing all of the work come together into a physical object and holding it in one piece was very exciting. I […]

Making a Christmas Card for Bloomsbury this year I went through several roughs, here are some that didn’t make it as well as the final one. And here are some lovely vintage designs I found along the way.                

I went to Paris this week. I am always on the lookout for old paper so the first time I came across Au Petit Bonheur La Chance in the Marais I was lost for hours. This shop is heaven, crammed with old pencils, pens, vintage Christmas wrapping paper, and best of all, old unused exercise […]

“When I start a new book, I think I am not going to be able to do it again. I can’t draw, I can’t use colour. It’s a rather miserable process.” That’s what John Burningham writes at the end of his brilliant book Behind the Scenes, which I was given this week as a present. […]

I went to see the AOI Illustration Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, there are some  lovely illustrations and some  fascinating ones like Mitch Miller’s dialectogram of a showman’s yard in the East End. Lesley Barnes poster for The Museum of Childhood is  beautiful and took me back to images from books I used to take […]

This was a good week.  I was given a great book “Max” by Giovanetii full of wonderful drawings of Max ( a hamster) that I can’t stop looking at. If you are trying to draw the same character in hundreds of different situations you can learn a lot from this book. Giovanetti started out in […]

I thought I would try and make something out of all the ends of A3 sketchpads I have accumulated making The Dawn Chorus. And I wanted an excuse to use this amazing wallpaper I found years ago at a flea market. 1. Stick a piece of ribbon or binding to join the 2 pieces of […]

I am working on some illustrations with a dip pen and ink at the moment. I found some feathers on a walk today and tried to follow some instructions “how to make a quill pen from a feather”. It looked very tricky especially the hot sand part so I just cut the end off and […]

Sketchbook full of different Peep ideas.