Drawing


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There are many many moments in a creative person’s life, where you produce a piece of artwork with a deadline looming and you then just want to tear your hair out. I did this recently with the book cover illustration  the second of Fiona Ingram’s series. in the first book […]

How I wanted to put Excalibur through my book cover ...


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James Mayhew posted a link on facebook to a page on the website Illustration Cupboard, where some of Jan Peinkowski’s illustrations are for sale. It was like stepping into a time machine and being whisked back to my childhood. My reading life took off the day I picked up my […]

Advent Challenge 20 – Joan Aiken and friends


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It was one of those viral things, someone likes a page on facebook, and being nosy you go over to have a look and discover someone who tickles your funny bone. That’s how I found Angela Smythe who is based in Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Whether she is illustrating […]

Advent Challenge 18 – Angela Smythe



Today’s artist is Catherine Rayner. I admire her wonderful painterly style and how her animal characters are such individuals. Her bio from her website: Award winning author and illustrator Catherine Rayner studied Illustration at Edinburgh College of art. She fell in love with the city and still lives there with […]

Advent Challenge 12 – Catherine Rayner


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James Mayhew is author and illustrator. He is famous for the Katie books and the Ella Bella books, both series introducing young readers to fine art, ballet, and museums. His list on amazon runs to three pages of interesting reads for the young. How he describes himself: He is well-known […]

Advent Challenge 10 – James Mayhew


Our family history with Chris Riddell is a long one. It all started with The Bear Dance, a book we read over and over and over again, while I drooled at the illustrations. Muddle Earth, a collaboration with author Paul Stewart, followed: an absurd romp through an alternate universe, with […]

Advent Challenge 7 – Chris Riddell



I had someone else planned for today , but I have been following Louise Tate on facebook for some time and noticed today that she has her own advent challenge going on. She is doing an Animal Christmas Alphabet. As she has only gotten to day three and I have […]

Advent Challenge 4 – Louise Tate Illustrations



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  I was approached in the car park of HeronBridge College with a request: “We want you to redesign our prospectus, Nando’s Style”. My first reaction to this was: “huh?” Nando’s is well-known for its off-the-wall advertising, but how do you relate a chicken outlet to a school (even if chickens do roam […]

Designing with heart



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Going on holiday with a sister who has just started a charity painting initiative, could be viewed as a busman’s holiday. As it turns out, it was more of a brushwoman’s holiday… The beauty of Vandy’s approach to these little paintings, is that experimentation is required and there is no […]

Holidaying with brushes