Tuesday, 14 April 2015

My studio

is where I draw and paint stories


and stick some of my drawings up with safety pins to remind me of what stories I am thinking about. 


It's actually in my house.

Sam makes music at the other end of the room where there are lots of wires and keyboards and strange inventions.


He is not naked in this picture, it's just that I didn't shade in his sweater.





These are some newish characters. I have made a little book about them which I am selling at TCAF and ELCAF and hopefully other fairs this year.

Monday, 13 April 2015

BABE 2015 PURCHASES!


I am still buzzing like a bee from meeting lots of small presses and bookmakers at The Bristol Artists Book Event this weekend. I showed the dunmy book for Right At Home to some people too so that was exciting and useful.

Feast your eyes on my purchases from the inspirational Ed Boxall and the magical Antic- Ham of Red Fox Press.




I also got interviewed by a new Bristol-based  blog called Editions. The article compares some different ways three Bristol-based illustrators use their sketchbooks to start projects.

Read it HERE 


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

TOTEMPOLES!

I led a mono-printing and junk-modelling workshop on the theme of totempoles recently at the Thali cafe in Southville, Bristol as guest artist for Let's Make Art.

It was a beautiful day  and the workshop was so successful I can hardly wait for the next one (and the next one after that).

Perhaps next will be robots!





















Friday, 20 February 2015

Ronia the Robber's Daughter


I have been working on some illustrations for "Ronia The Robber's Daughter" by the amazing Astrid Lindgren, here are some first attempts...






The Grey Dwarves


The Rumphobs in their hole underground


RWA Tree Tales workshop.


(the rumphobs from "Ronia the Robber's Daughter")

Here are some photos from the workshop I led this pancake day (it so happens) at The Royal West of England Academy in Bristol. These children and their lovely Gran used different drawing techniques to draw their own forest, inspired by the exhibition at RWA "Arboretum". Then we went for a walk in the woodlands of Brandon Hill to find inspiration for drawing and naming wild forest inhabitants. We finished up with hot chocolate and me reading them from my picture book, "Right at Home" and "Ronia the Robber's Daughter" by Astrid Lindgren, which I have been making some illustrations for, (the rumphobs are shown above)












Sunday, 8 February 2015

Buhni and Mushroom

I'll be running a tree-themed workshop and story-telling at RWA on Tuesday 17th February.


Here is a section of 'Buhni and Mushroom', which I will read out if there is time after the kids' own drawing and story-making!






Here's the link to read more about the event.

It's going to be great and there will be hot chocolate.

I will write a blogpost after it's happened too.