Monday 16 July 2012

New Things!

Hello lovely blog readers!

As you can see I've give this place a bit of a once over.
We have a nice new header up there (*points upwards*) and if you slide your eyes over to right, you'll find under the photograph two new pages - an 'About' page with my biog and information and then we have a page featuring doodles from my sketchbook.

Go and have a nosy...

Wednesday 11 July 2012

A trip under the sea with The Nephews...

The other day, Big Nephew (7) and I did a bit of sketchbooking together.
The night before I had started to doodle an underwater scene and that inspired him to draw one of his own.
We spent a good hour getting engrossed in our pictures and both decided that we'd quite like to have a pootle about under the ocean in our very own submarine. It would have to look like this one though and I would insist that we both wore fetching red hats (even though my ears stick out too much for me to wear those sort of hats usually..)

These are the results of our sketchbooking session.

Here's Big Nephew's busy underwater scene*. Can you spot our submarine? the the broken up pirate ship? And the message tucked into a bottle? And all the pirate treasure floating about? Looks rather exciting I think!

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And here is my effort. This scene features Big Nephew and his brother Little Nephew.

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If this were a scene from real life, I don't think they would have found the treasure at all. There would have been so much jumping into the sea, I doubt very much that there would be time left for them to go exploring at all. This I know from experience at the swimming pool...

Here's my picture all coloured in:
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 * sorry it's a bit blurry

Tuesday 10 July 2012

Saturday 7 July 2012

Miss Marple

Anyone who follows me on Twitter, or has met me knows that I am a bit of an Agatha Christie addict. I do like a murder, but only if it happens in a world of afternoon teas on the lawn, mysterious colonials, suspicious spinsters and unusual goings on in the Vicarage.

I've been doodling Miss Marple a bit this week and decided to finish one of my doodles up into a piece for my portfolio. ( This is a not very subtle way of saying "CAN SOMEONE HIRE ME TO ILLUSTRATE ONE OF AGATHA CHRISTIE'S BOOKS PLEASE"...)


So, here we have the finished picture of Miss Marple eavesdropping or contemplating something she's only just seen the significance of...

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And here we have a doodle from my sketchbook of Miss Marple observing from the garden...

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Thursday 5 July 2012

New Picture Book: CATCH US IF YOU CAN-CAN!

Well, it's here! My new picture book 'CATCH US IF YOU CAN-CAN!', the sequel to my book 'EGG'.

The naughty Foxy DuBois is back with another dastardly scheme which sees her trying to steal a golden egg that's the prize in a dance competition. This time though, she's not acting alone... she ropes in her old rival Alphonso, a giant alligator to be her partner in crime, but the terrible twosome soon find themselves dancing with danger...

Available to pre-order online here, or you should be able to pick up a copy in a month's time in your local chain or independent book shop.
(Try to support your local independent bookshop if you can-can!)

Here's are some sneaky peeks inside:

Monday 2 July 2012

This Little Pig...



Sorry I haven't updated this for a while. I have had the maddest month - non stop events AND trying to finish the artwork for CLAUDE book 5.
Aaaaaaaaannnnd...... Today I did it!
CLAUDE in the Spotlight is now complete and I've handed it over to my lovely designer for her to work her magic on it. I've had so much fun working on it, and I hope you all enjoy it when it publishes in April 2013. When I'm allowed to post a sneaky preview on here, I will.

In the mean time, here is one of the three little pigs. This one is the one who built his house out of wood, obviously. He started out as a doodle in my sketchbook, but I couldn't help colouring him in.
I'll try and put some of my recent sketchbook pages up on here this week and I promise to start updating regularly again starting!

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