Jolly Jurassic!

On Tuesday I had the sudden urge to draw a dinosaur (sometimes I will go to great lengths to draw anything other than the thing that I should be drawing, but that is a whole other story) and that sketch turned into a page of sketches, which then turned into a pattern. And here it is...

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Roughing it up!

The Summer holidays are officially over and I've spent the last week or so working on some roughs for my next Anne Fine book for the wonderful team at Barrington Stoke. Just finished up the last illustration and sent them off, so I'm on to the next project and also, hopefully, a bit of time to play with some new ideas.

As an aside, I still find it incredible that I get to illustrate for Anne Fine. As a child I loved her writing and I wouldn't have believed you if you'd said I'd end up drawing pictures for her books. Add to that the fact that she sends me the nicest emails about the artwork and it's one of those 'pinch me' moments...

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The Littlest Witch

I'm enjoying a breather while I wait for the next project to start, so I'm back working on my own text again and drafting character ideas. Here's my wee witch running through her emotional states.

Pond Life!

I've been thinking cool thoughts in this recent hot weather, which has led to water-based artwork...

Happy Valentine's Day

I seem to only post here on holidays and saint's days at the moment, so here's another one! 

I've just finished book two for the new series I'm working on for HarperCollins, which is publishing in June this year. I'm pretty excited about this one as the text is by the incredibly talented Michelle Robinson and they've been so much fun to draw and colour. Can't wait to share them with you all!

Season's Greetings!

It's been a busy few months and I have some lovely new books being published at the start of next year. In the meanwhile let's all drink, eat and be merry! Hope you all have a good 'un.

Happy Halloween!

I'm still busy colouring away on my new book for HarperCollins, which may feature princesses and a fair bit of pink! I can't show anything from it at the moment, so here's a little seasonal offering instead...

A Little Snippet

I've been scribbling away on a very exciting new book with a fabulous publisher that I can't wait to tell you about/show off! Here's a tiny preview to whet your appetite...

Pattern-making Ponies

Some people kick back with a book and a cold drink to relax, I like to make patterns. Here's my latest effort...

Happy Birthday Evie!

My lovely little niece Evie is two this week and I drew this for her birthday card. Incidentally, she's also the person mentioned in the dedication for my book Gold Medal Me!

Gold Medal Me! is Asda's Picture Book of the Month for June!

My book Gold Medal Me!, published by the lovely team at Scholastic, has been chosen as Picture Book of the Month by supermarket giant Asda. It was quite a thrill seeing it up on the in-store billboards I'll tell you! I could make a witty reference to winning gold here, but I shall refrain...

Exciting Times!

Thanks to my awesome agent Mandy I have a spanking new book deal with a lovely publisher that I haven't worked with before, and it has a very talented author at the helm. I can't say any more than that at the moment, so just watch this space!

In the meantime, here's an entirely unrelated illustration I was working on recently...

Woodland Buddies

I'm on a roll with the pattern work at the mo, here's the latest print that I've just added to my Society6 account.

 

I'm now on Society6

I've finally got around to updating my Society6 account so you should be able to order fun stuff with my artwork on it here!

For the Grown-Ups

I'm mostly known for my children's book work and the occasional castle or stately home, but I do also do the odd editorial piece for a more mature audience. Here's a few examples of my recent efforts...

New Print and Pattern Work

It's Bologna Book Fair this week and the Easter break so I'm taking the opportunity to do some experimental and development work. Here are my two favourite pieces so far...

Out for the Count

It's publication day for my latest Barrington Stoke book illustrating for the amazing Anne Fine. I'm going to be honest here, I'm a bit of a fan girl regarding this particular author so it's always a thrill to be working on one of her texts!