Friday 29 July 2011

Illustration Friday: Perennial

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Perennial - enduring, persistent, everlasting...

Thursday 28 July 2011

A Quiet Moment...

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I'm back from a week in the sun, splashing about in the sea and messing about on boats!
(Pictures from my holiday sketchbook  to follow soon!)
I don't know whether it's because I've come back from roasting hot weather, but I can't help but thinking that England is chillier than usual. Almost autumnal... So here is an autumnal picture for you all. I'm thinking about getting some little prints done of this. Would anyone be interested??

Thursday 14 July 2011


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A few weeks ago I was thinking about fairytales and drew some character designs and scenes from Little Red Riding Hood. To continue this mini occasional series, I was thinking about the Little Mermaid yesterday and painted this.
I have to say I do much prefer the Disney version to the original. Probably because when I was a child I had a copy of the original text and it was utterly terrifying. The illustrations were horrible ( and scary!) and the text included a bit about how when the newly human mermaid started to walk it felt like knives stabbing her feet...

<< Shudder>>>

Needless to say, the all singing, all dancing, comedy crab including Disney version was altogether more cheerful!

Tuesday 12 July 2011

Contents of my head...

Wowee I am busy at the moment!
 I've just finished my first completely painted-and-not-gone-near-a-computer book ( a board book for a lovely Swiss publisher) and am now in the process of doing the final art work ( a mixture of digital and traditional) for one publisher and thinking about the story for my next picture book with another. The contents of my head at the moment is a bit random to say the least.
On the one hand I have a sly little fox, a cross-dressing alligator and some very jazzy, feathery ballroom dancers and on the other I have this little madam - more about all of this soon I hope!

Tuesday 5 July 2011

Day in the Life of a Toddler (Parts 1 -3)

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I've posted the first two of these onto my Flickr page, but here's the whole set. This started off as a small doodle in my sketchbook of the little girl getting dressed and I just kept on drawing!