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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Sneek Peek of 'The Bubble Dragons'

Im very happy to give you a sneek peek of my first illustrated childrens book with Flying Books - 'The Bubble Dragons'!

Monday, 12 December 2011

Teen Book Issue 2

Teen Book have launched their second issue, and used some of my illustrations for their music section.

Its a cracker of an issue, check it out HERE.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Meet Sergeant Nutty

Meet Sergeant Nutty . . . 
He likes to command armies from inanimate objects.

A pitch I created recently for a childrens story.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Christmas Card Design!

Its official! The first day of December so I will give in and accept that christmas is on its way! 
So I recently created some christmas card designs, which I entered into Stack Magazines Christmas card hunt.

The brief was to feature christmas and magazines, as they plan to send the cards out with their magazine subscriptions.
Although mine didnt get shortlisted, I quite like them, might send a few out to some special people!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

First Children's Book on the horizon!

Im pleased to announce that I am now working with Flying Books Publishers, working on my first picture book due for release next year!
They release childrens picture E-Books, created for iPad, iPhone etc, and I am collaborating with a great writer, the first story being about dragons! 
Really looking forward to getting stuck in!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Veggie Vampire?

Maybe? Maybe not!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Doggy Birthday Party

Some examples I created for a client recently for his picture book about a dog that likes to eat lots of food!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Play Time!

Thursday, 3 November 2011

A hamster in space . . . . why not?

Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloween!

Submitted this Halloween illustration to Illustration Rally which you can see HERE:

Monday, 24 October 2011

'Oopsy Daisy Katie' on Illustration Rally

I recently started working more on children's illustration, and entered some of the work into the Illustration Rally picture book competition, which was a great competition where the winner gets to meet with Mike Jolly of Templar publishing and discuss their portfolio!! A great opportunity im sure you would agree!

So I've been working on some spreads for a story based on the silly things my cat Katie does (and there are quite alot!). During a uni project many moons ago, I created a pop-up book called 'Oopsy Daisy Katie', and decided to start with this again and create still illustrations for it. 

These are the first 2 spreads I created, and entered into the competition, which you can see on the Illustration Rally blog:

Ive also completed a few more since then:

Im having great fun with this book, and all the things Katie gets up to, so fingers crossed for the rally!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Illustration Friday - Scattered

Scattered Memories . . .

Monday, 17 October 2011

New Suit

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Illustration Friday - Contraption

Monday, 10 October 2011

Stylist 100th Cover Competition

Last week the brilliant 'free-mium' magazine 'Stylist' was running a competition to design their 100th issue cover, as they plan to launch their 100th issue made entirely by its readers! 

So despite suffering from a massive cold (sob!) I designed a cover to enter, the theme had to be 'celebration' and needed to have the number '100' somewhere in the image, and so to celebrate a great magazine, I designed them a great cake:

They actually had an open office day on the final day for entries, where you could go and visit their offices and see the magazine being put together. It was also a last chance to hand in entries! Here are a few pics I took from their facebook page where you can see my entry on the wall ready for judging:

And here is the cover in all its glory:

Fingers Crossed!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Jane Hissy at The Illustration Cupboard

To celebrate 25 years of 'Old Bear', The Illustration Cupboard are showing a collection of Jane Hissy, with many original drawings on display, her rough sketchbook work, and Old Bear himself!

A lovely exhibition space over 2 floors, the Illustration Cupboard have dedicated it to showcasing illustration in the heart of Piccadilly Circus, London. 
Having been a big fan of Jane Hissy and her Old Bear books (these were the first I read as a child, and was amazed at the pictures, I think this is the first time I looked at a book and thought about making pictures for them myself) I was very excited to go and see these childhood illustrations in the flesh. 

I wasn't disappointed. There were many of the large scale illustrations dotted around the lower ground floor  and they are beautiful. Created with pencils, the detail on them is amazing, with every stitch of knit drawn in, or crease or shadow.

You can also see some of the sketches and roughs created for the books as well as some of the toys themselves.
This video created for the event is brilliant as it shows Jane talking about how she creates her illustrations (she actually sets the toys up before drawing them!) and showing you the lovely toys!

As well as Jane Hissy and Old Bear, they also have a continuous display of illustration upstairs, with prints and originals ranging from Lauren Child to Shirley Hugues:

(another childhood favorite - Where the Wild Things Are)

Its a great space full of inspirational illustration on show, well worth a look if you are in the area. Jane Hissy is on display until the 30th September, and they have a great line up after with animation of Mr Benn (more childhood favs!) and childrens illustration from John Veron Lord's Alice Through The Looking Glass.
For more info you can see their website HERE.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Oliver Jeffers at the Apple Store, Covent Garden

Last night I had the opportunity to go and see one of my favourite illustrators give a little talk at the Apple Store in Covent Garden. 

You may remember I was very happy to receive a copy of his book 'The Incredible Book Eating Boy' (see post here), and have since read 'The Heart and The Bottle' which is beautiful: 

Some spreads from the book:

So last night started off with Oliver telling us about himself, and about the work he does, as he also paints as well as some editorial work and now some typography (he has a great handwriting style!).
He went on to explain about his picture books, how he goes about putting them together, creating the artwork and writing the story, showing examples from sketch to finished art work. 

He even gave us a sneak peek of his new book 'Stuck'

And took us through the putting together of one of the spreads on Photoshop. He brought up a point which has crossed my mind many times - he has lots of 'original' illustrations, but had never took to Photoshop to create his work, fearing that digital/traditional could never be mixed. However due to circumstances at the time, he actually had to create most of the work for this book in Photoshop, creating the basics by hand and then scanning them in, and manipulating them, very similar in process to how Ive been working lately. He found that there is a lot more you can do when you combine tactics, and the work looks great so if it works for Oliver then it can still work for me!
I also picked up a few sneaky Photoshop secrets!

He also gave us a preview of 'Lost and Found', the animation being created from his picture book, which looks pretty amazing:

as well as showing off his amazing story book app for 'The Heart and The Bottle' which looks very fun, a new move for picture books!

And he even stayed around to sign books for people after, I wish I had had the sense to bring mine!

It was a great talk, fun and informative, its great to see how other illustrators work, and even better when they get up to the same things as you!
You can check out his website here.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Print style illustration

Ive been working more on creating 'printed' style illustrations and think its coming along quite nicely! Although it doesnt beat getting all messy and doing the printing yourself, which I have been working on lately for some new work . . . .

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

The AOI Images 35 Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery

Over the weekend I took the time to visit the AOI's latest images show at the Bankside Gallery, and very glad I did as there was some excellent work on show, as well as some entries from several people I know!

Loved this huge papercut illustration, the detail is brilliant!

There was some good children's illustration there as well.

I was very happy to see several Middlesex University people in the show, including my previous tutor Andy Baker! 
Its on until friday, so would recommend visiting if you can!