Tag Archives: Illustration

Getting ready for Elcaf

I have been busy making some new work for Elcaf this week. I wanted to illustrate something by Edward Lear and chose The Story of the Four Little Children Who Went Round the World. It has been really fun having a go at something different, (can you spot the Quangle-Wangle?)  

Wood Festival

I had a great time reading The Dawn Chorus to children at Wood Festival. Even the very little ones coloured in birds and decorated them with feathers. There was a lot of careful cutting out too. My friend Shirin did a workshop making faces which produced some amazing works of art. It’s a lovely festival […]

Illustrated window

Thank you very much to Mostly Books in Abingdon for letting me cover the window with birds to celebrate the publication of The Dawn Chorus. It was lovely to see children decorating the birds to hang in the window. Lots of people dropped in and ended up kindly helping. Thanks very much to Emma from Bloomsbury […]

Back from Bologna

One of the best things about Bologna is meeting up with friends from the MA. But it is getting even more exciting when I see their books on Publisher’s stands. Some of them began as projects on the course two years ago, and some people (Steve Antony) even had giant panda posters… Elena Arevalo Melville signed her gorgeous “No […]

Winnie-the-Pooh in New York, and The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter.

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 […]

Christmas Cards

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.                

Three new books

“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. […]

AOI Illustration Awards at Somerset House

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 […]

Max by Giovanetti, graduation and my first ever picture book proof.

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 […]

Drawing cats with a feather

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 […]