Tuesday 29 March 2011

Daredevil Danny

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I told y'all I was going to re-boyify this blog :-)

Meet Danny -He built that plane in his bedroom and is taking it for a spin!
And without a helmet too!

Silly boy...

Friday 25 March 2011

Illustration Friday: CULTIVATE

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Slightly, just slightly, late Illustration Friday picture for the theme 'cultivate'. Going to have to start thinking about the theme a bit earlier this week!

Anyway - CULTIVATE. We've had a lot of lovely spring sunshine here this week meaning I've been doing a lot of standing in the garden looking at the mess winter has made. We need to do a big tidy up, but I think the dogs will be furious if we do. They like the garden in it's weedy, tangly, messy state. It means lots of hidey-hole's for things they've stolen ...*

*This week: post-it notes. (again)

Wednesday 23 March 2011

TICKLE: A scene I saw today.

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I was walking home in the sunshine from a trip to the Post Office and saw this cute little scene. I had to get back to the studio and draw it. I've never drawn a comic before, but I really enjoyed it. Also, this little girl (about 4 years old) was the sweetest, tiniest little thing with a great big booming laugh like a drunk old man. Made me chuckle!

Tuesday 22 March 2011

The Glamour Cats

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Some sugary sweetness for a Tuesday morning. Also, I seem to be obsessed with cats at the moment.
Think I might draw some robots and spacemen to reboyify this blog now...

Friday 18 March 2011

In which I actually paint with actual paints!

I got my gouache paints out for the first time in ages. I'd forgotten how much I love painting! More soon!

Wednesday 16 March 2011

Monday 14 March 2011

ELLA ( A sneaky first look!)

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Above: Ella spends her days doing shores for the Wasp Sisters and her only friend is Miss Buzzbottom, a kindly bumblebee.

Below: " Even in her ordinary glasses, Ella looked more beautiful to Pierre than any other bug in Paris..."


I am very excited to be able to show you some sneaky first pictures from my next picture book for Scholastic UK! And here they are!

The book is called ELLA and will be publishing early next year in the UK.

It's a fairytale love story set in Paris starring a lonely ladybird called Ella and a lovesick spider called Pierre who is lacking inspiration for his next painting (he's an artist!).

Poor Ella does have a tough time of it. She lives with Belladonna and Ivy, two selfish, mean wasp sisters and spends her days running around after them doing chores. But things are about to change forever as Miss Buzzbottom, Ella's best friend (a bumblebee), has magical plans in store for Ella and Pierre...

Keep your eyes peeled for more info on ELLA coming soon!

Friday 11 March 2011

Someone's at the door...

I'm almost at the end of two flippin' enormous deadlines! I'm working flat out to get TWO books finished so they can go for a bit of sunshine and some bellini's in Bologna. (Wish I was going too!)

However, that didn't stop the image and piece of text drifting into my head...

I wonder what happens next?

Who is the little girl?
Why does she live in such a grand looking house?
Who IS the little kitten in the box and where has he come from?

So many questions....

Some thinking music here