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Sketches from St Ives

I spent Easter in lovely St Ives. The weather was, as expected, showery, but that didn’t put us off donning our wellies and visiting the beach along with many other families, especially when the sun peeped from behind the clouds. I took a small sketch book and tiny pallet of watercolour paints and tried to capture the breezy seaside atmosphere and the simple childhood joys of playing with sea and sand.

House of Illustration Picture Book Course

A week ago we had the last session of ‘An Introduction to Creating Picture Books’, a course I run at the House of Illustration in Kings Cross. It’s an intensive ten week course designed to arm students with all the knowledge and skills to both write and illustrate their own picture book to present to publishers. Here is a selection of the students’ beautiful and varied work. Impressively some even managed to produce their first draft of a book dummy as well. I’m looking foward to helping many of them... Read The Rest →

Tweet Beat

I decided it would be a good discipline to create at least one new illustration to tweet once a week, be it a quick sketch or full colour when time allows. The Colour Collective is a brilliant twitter feed. They issue a new colour each week to be used as inspiration, and illustrators then tweet their work together at 19.30 on a Friday. Check them out at @Clr_Collective. I also create one off illustrations for ‘national days’, tweeting them with the relevant hashtag, and sometimes tweet random pieces just cos... Read The Rest →

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