Into the Bin

Yesterday was the book birthday for my latest work with Anne Fine for the lovely folks at Barrington Stoke. It’s part of their series for reluctant and dyslexic readers and you can read more about it here.

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KidLit4Climate

Here's my @kidlit4climate illustration, supporting the wonderful young people taking part in the climate strike on March 15th asking for urgent climate change action. There is no Planet B!

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Happy World Book Day 2019!

What could be better than a day just celebrating books? To make it extra special this year, the picture books that I illustrated for HarperCollins are also hitting the shelves today. Keep an eager eye out for Happy Birthday Pirate and Princess, both written by the very talented Michelle Robinson.

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Refuge Tree

A fellow illustrator is raising funds for Refuge, a charity that helps women living with domestic violence. Kate Slater’s Refuge Tree collage has been sliced into individual A6 postcards that have each been illustrated by an amazingly talented female creative. The postcards will be sold at auction and the profits all go to the charity. Read more about the project here.

Here’s my contribution…

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Not a Happy Valentine...

I don't do Valentine's, I resent the pressure it places some people under (mentally and financially) and I think that if you love someone you should be nice to them all year round. That said, I do like a cheesy pun and a turtle...

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Happy Chinese New Year!

It’s the Year of the Pig, one of my favourite animals. Whenever I think of them I recall the Churchill quote; “Always remember, a cat looks down on man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look man right in the eye and see his equal.”

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#colour_collective #livingcoral

So far 2019 has mostly consisted of everyone around me sneezing and coughing. And then me sneezing and coughing. I’ve crawled back to my desk this week and attempted to reshape myself into a vaguely humanoid form and remind myself how to hold a pencil…

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#colour_collective #YInMn Blue

I finally had the time to colour up a quick submission for last week’s Colour Collective Challenge. I’ve missed taking part in these recently, but client deadlines come first!

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Something Spooky!

So yeah, apologies for the radio silence. I'm just colouring up a lot of stuff at the mo and my mind is entirely in the studio. Here's a vaguely spooky seasonal thing I've been working on whenever I take a breather from the pesky deadlines.

Incidentally, I can’t help but notice the number of unicorn-based books knocking about at the moment. I LOVE drawing horses AND unicorns and yet nobody has ever asked me to illustrate a book of them. Just saying…

Panda + Museum

I’m currently covered in deadlines and determinedly wading my way through the swamp to get it all done before I head off on my long-anticipated hols. No time for fun stuff, but I saw this Lucky Draw Challenge pop up and had an instant response that I just couldn’t ignore. So here he is - Indiana Panda!

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#InternationalCatDay

I'm a cat AND dog person, it really depends on the individual animal. My Mum's cat is a teenage delinquent with no affection for anyone but her, he saunters through the house haughtily ignoring us plebs.

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Frank the Detective

Finally finished up this foxy scene. Frank is one of my own characters and I'm currently working on a text for him.

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International Tiger Day

Yes, I know, I literally just complained about there being a deluge of international-thingy-days and yet here I am promoting another one. The tiger is one of those go-to characters for children's books. They combine eye-catching black and white elements with a vivid splash of orange, which makes them instantly recognisable and arresting. They typically live in the rich greeny-yellow jungle, so their habit is also a joy to colour. And then when you stick them in any other environment they stand out a mile and that creates a visual punchiness for the picture book. So yeah, illustrators LOVE tigers and don't want to imagine a world without them.

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