Monday, 12 November 2018

The Tiger Who Came To Tea Exhibition

Hi Chaps,

I went to Acorn Bank National Trust House at the weekend and there I saw the lovely 'A Tiger Came To Tea' 50th Anniversary Exhibition set up by Seven Stories.
It was a very nice little exhibition, including some rough sketches and old drawings by Judith Kerr, and also facsimiles of some of the actual artwork, which was very interesting.
It's always informative and inspiring to see artists' workings, and also interesting looking back to the pre-digital age.


And, one of the best things was the giant cuddly Tiger, very nicely capturing the look of the illustrations.

If it comes near you it's worth a look :)

Friday, 12 October 2018

Outdoor Sketching

Hi Chaps,

Recently I went on a sketching expedition and managed to do a batch of outdoor sketches.
It's something I intend to find time for more often as it makes a nice change to draw from nature rather than sketching ideas for projects.
Here are some of them.

A tree in a wood

A view down a stream while standing in it
A view over some landscape


A study of a bit of dry-stone wall


Saturday, 28 April 2018

Ginger Green in four territoties

Hi Chaps

Ginger Green Playdate Queen, written by Kim Kane and Illustrated by me for Hardie Grant Egmont in Australia has now been published in four teritories :)
After the initial run in Australia, it's now avilable in the US, Slovenia and now the UK.
Very exciting indeed!!
They're a fab series and I can heartily recommend them for early readers.

Here are the Australian, Slovenian and US editions of Fancy Friend.




Keep an eye out or ask for them in bookshops and libraries, they're worth a look at :)

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

New Book, 'Journeys'

Hi Chaps,

A book I jointly illustrated, called 'Journeys' by Jonathan Litton is now out.
The other illustrators involved are Chris Chalik, Dave Shephard and Leo Hartas.

It's a lovely looking book, the treatment of the design by the chaps at Little Tiger is absolutely lovely and the stories of amazing journeys around the world are very interesting indeed.
They range from Amundsen, Livingston, Bligh and Gagarin, in chapters covering Water, Land, Ice and Snow, and Man and Machine.
I've really enjoyed reading through my copy, so I can recommend having a look at it :)

Here's the cover and one of the spreads by me.



Monday, 2 April 2018

Ginger Green Playdate Queen out in the UK

Hi Chaps,

Ginger Green Playdate Queen, written by Kim Kane and Illustrated by me for Hardie Grant Egmont in Australia has now been published in the UK :)
Very exciting indeed, hopefully I'll get to see it in bookshops.
It's initially starting with a run of the first four stories, New Friend, Crazy Friend, Fancy Friend and Next Door Friend.
They're a fab series and I can heartily recommend them for early readers.




So keep an eye out or ask for them in bookshops and libraries, they're worth a look at :)

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

2018 GANYC Apple Award in Outstanding Achievement in Fiction NYC Book Writing

Hi Chaps,

Well, I've got some fun news, The Knish War on Rivington Street picture book, written by Joanne Oppenheim, published by Albert Whitman, and illustrated by me, has actually won the the 2018 GANYC Apple Award in Outstanding Achievement in Fiction NYC Book Writing!!

There was a ceremony at the SVA Theater in New York on 12th March where the winners were announced.
Here are all the winners in full, the Knish War was amongst some very good company.

https://mailchi.mp/ganyc/ganyc-apple-award-winners-announced-nkoieszu0d 

And here's a photo of the actual proper glass trophy with my name inscribed along with Joanne Oppenheim, the author :)

So, now I think I'm officially allowed to wear a waistcoat, smoke a pipe and describe myself as an award winning illustrator :)

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Netball Journal

Hi Chaps,

Anyone out there in Blogland involved in netball?
I've recently illustrated a fab new Journal aimed at young netball players, and it's now available to pre-order for Christmas.

This is a great journal with excercises and projects and quizzes, and stickers.
It was great fun to illustrate - there are a set of different characters that feature throughout, so there was a fair bit of character work, thinking of their characteristics and having those reflected in their looks and attitude and gesture -
and all the illustrations had to be technically correct to follow the rules of the game correctly, so I learned a fair bit about netball :)

The website is here at MyIncredibeleJournals so do have a look, and do mention it to anyone you know involved in the sport :)