Rainy Day

I drew this yesterday when the heavens opened and the rain came bucketing down. The weather this year has been pretty challenging so far, particularly for this SAD sufferer who needs sunshine in order to feel vaguely normal!

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Earth Day 2018

I managed to miss Earth Day on the weekend, so here's a little thing that I drew for it.

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Frank Fox

This guy frequently crops up in my sketchbook and has gone through various development phases throughout the years, here's his latest incarnation. I'm back writing and editing and a new story for him is now in the final stages, then it's on to the storyboards...

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Vivacious Vikings

 I've been fiddling about with this one for a week now and I'm finally ready to share it with you all. 

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Let's go girls!

It's International Women's Day today, so let's celebrate the strong women we know now and the kick-ass girls who will be flying the flag after us...

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Yup, it's cold...

I do not like being cold, I belong in warmer climes - preferably clutching a glass with a perky little umbrella in it. 

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Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day. I'm not keen on the commercialised aspect of this day, but I do appreciate the sentiment and I like the idea of celebrating all of our relationships: be it friends, children, parents, relations, pets or pandas.

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Welcome 2018

Okay so it is nearly the end of January, but it has taken a while for me to process that another year has ended and a new one has begun! 

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In case it somehow slipped your mind...

I'm either increasing the anticipation here or provoking the panic depending on what kind of Christmas gift-buyer you are, a last minute merchant or a super-organised type who bought everything in November?

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Happy Halloween!

Is it the end of October already? Cripes, this year has just wooshed by! Personally I'm not hugely into Halloween, I'm just anxiously anticipating November 1st as my husband and I have an agreement about the date I'm allowed to start practising Christmas tunes on my ukulele...

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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.