Friday, 14 February 2014

Feb Update


Things have been pretty busy here, so I wanted to do a brief update before I get carried away on a wave of deadlines.

I received a couple of copies the other day of the 'Snakes' book I helped to illustrate for the lovely Usborne. This was one of my first commissions as a freelance illustrator so it's cool seeing it published! 

You can grab a copy here.

I also wanted to share a couple of doodles I have done in my stolen down time. 


The above two were done for Sketch Dailies. Each day a new theme is set so it's a really nice way of  a. challenging yourself and b. taking some time to regroup and work on your skill
If you fancy joining in, you can find them on twitter

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I have some cool news too. I can't say much but I was recently picked to work on a new fiction book/possible series. I'm so excited as the story is brilliant and very quirky, so can't wait to get going drawing all manner of weird and wonderful things! I will update when I have more info.


Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Rosa's Code

Today I received copies of my very first published children's book, published by Springboard Stories and written by Luke Swann. I had a lot of fun working on it, so it's really rewarding to see it all come together. 

Check out my previous blog post to find out a little more about the story.

Here are a couple of spreads...

Want a copy? You can buy Rosa's Code from Springboard's website here.

You can read more about Springboard and what they do here.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Belated Happy New Year!

...I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, too :)

The festivities always seem to abandon us as quickly as they sneak up! I had a lovely Christmas, although due to a mix up in the schedule for one of my projects I ended up working throughout. I didn't mind though, it was good practice for the manic year ahead, and I had access to mulled wine.

I have quite a few different things on the go at the minute, all really exciting stuff! It's mega cheesy to say it, but I feel so lucky doing this as a job.

-PUKE- right?

Before Christmas I worked on a really cool book project with Springboard Stories for their 9th issue called 'Codes.'

Here's a little info about the story:

'Our original story tells the tale of geeky girl Rosa Franklin and her desire to fit in and be just like everyone else. Will altering her genetic code give her what she wants? If only she'd taken more notice when the teacher had taught them a bit of Latin as part of their Year 5 topic on the Romans. 

Rosa’s journey not only leads us to look at ‘All about me’ but also takes us on a journey to explore just what codes really mean in our world today.

Rosa's Code is publishing very very soon, not sure on the exact date but I will update the blog when I have a copy :)
Unless something sneaks in before, this will be my first ever published book, so I am a little/LOT giddy about it. I have been working throughout 2013 on different things but they're all mostly under wraps for now.
One of the things I have been working on is 'Violet and the Pearl of the Orient' which is set to be published in spring/summer with Simon & Schuster (more info here.) This is my first fiction series, so again I'm very excited!

I also just finished the artwork for my second picture book with Raintree which is due to be published this year along with the first - yippee!

As for things to come, I'm set to start work on a new picture book very soon, as well as  two educational books, a storybook that I don't know too much about yet and also a comic strip! It's fair to say that this year has started with a bang.
I managed to squeeze in a couple of new pieces for my black & white portfolio before the creative madness begins!

I hope 2014 has been good to you all so far!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Sketchbook: What's Under The Sea?

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It happens so often that I sit down purposefully to draw in my sketchbook but I always find I work better when it's a spontaneous thing. With this, I started with a sketch of a boy in scuba gear in the middle of the page and then created the rest around him when I had a spare 10 minutes here and there, trying not to put too much thought into it. 

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Sketch Dump - Nov '13

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I actually can't believe that we're nearing the end of November. Where has the time gone?! 

I've been working away on some on-going projects as well as a couple of new ones over the past couple of months which has been a lot of fun. I started the artwork for my second picture book due out next year. It's with the same publisher as my first which will be out in the spring. I have been told there is going to be a trailer for them which should be released soon so I can't wait to share that! 

I also JUST finished the artwork for a book out in January, publishing with Springboard Stories. You can see more info about it here. That was huge fun!

In the meantime I have been doing the odd sketch here and there so I thought I'd post them up as I can't really share any of my project work just now.


Sunday, 20 October 2013

Story Time

I have been working on this in my spare time for the past couple of days. Really enjoyed the process!

Here's a couple of little detaily bits.

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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Girl & Gorilla

-New Work 'Girl & Gorilla'-

What a bonkers couple of months it has been! I say that in a positive way because I've been working my socks off on some lovely (and exciting) projects. One of them was recently announced - you can read all about it here

I have also been trying to re-work my portfolio as much as possible, kicking out the slackers and adding nice new things.

You can see some of my newer stuff on my website.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

The Evil Queen

I have been working away on a top secret project recently that has been allowing me to explore character design in a way that I hadn't before and I'm really enjoying it. I think it's definitely good to face your creative fears wherever possible and not always approach something in a way you know how, but in a way that's appropriate for the project.