You’ve most likely seen the devastating effects of the huge bushfires hitting Australia at the moment. We are all crushed and depressed seeing the images of the wiped out houses, bushland, and injured and killed wildlife. They estimate over a BILLION animals have perished.
Like many artists and businesses I’ve been doing what I can. I don’t have much cash but have donated what I can, as well as participating in my own mini fundraisers. Huge thanks to the individuals that have bid on artworks, prints and soon to Olive Handmade who is selling these cute suits and pants from a pattern I created, donating part of the sales to Australian emergency funds. There’s been an epic twitter fundraiser #authorsforfireys – Celeste Barber has raised $50 MILLION and I guess seeing everyone’s response and efforts is the only bright spot in a dark start to 2020. Time to increase the pressure on our head-in-sand government who still refuse to admit a link between increased bushfires and climate change. Sigh.
I am very excited to be joining the Big Design Market once again. It’s such a colourful, inspiring market and so much fun being in the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building. I’m also excited to bring my new SOCKS to the event! And of course, prints, pins, tea towels, cards and books. See you there, December 6th – 8th, Royal Exhibition Building. (You can RSVP here).
I’m very excited to share details of my upcoming picture book – The First Christmas, published by Penguin Random House/Puffin Books. SO excited to see a FOILED COVER! It was so great to work with the wonderful team and illustrate this well known story,
“The First Christmas perfectly captures the wonder of the nativity and celebrates the Christmas spirit of giving and togetherness. Full of hope for the future and the joy of family, this is a classic picture book to share, year after year.”
I’m very very excited to announce a new book released this week – with the awesome acronym TOODLY!
There’s Only One Dad Like You was once again and amazing experience with the support of Affirm Press, Anna Walker and Davina Bell who hoped me so much write and illustrate this one… an ode to dads.
A few images from the pages and cover below. xx
Australia A to Z
I just realised (possibly very belatedly of me) that July is a super special month – with two of my books out, and BOTH FEATURING ECHIDNA/HEDGEHOG GUYS!! What the….?!
Dreaming of Australia A to Z was actually finished a long time ago, but is finally here and celebrates all of my favourite Australian flora, fauna and colours… It was so much fun to create and out with Windy Hollow very soon.
There’s Only One Dad Like You is my follow up to TOOMLY with Affirm Press and is all about the brilliance of dads. I’m so proud of it and can’t wait to share more soon too!
Still wondering how I ended up with two of my own authored books both featuring similar animals on the cover! Ha! I hope you enjoy reading them…
Gosh it has been a whirlwind of a year – books, kids, all sorts of goings on, and it doesn’t look like things will calm down any time very soon! However, on the weekend I did my first Big Design Market and I had a ball launching new products I’ve been working on over the last few months – tea towels and silk scarves! These are now available on my Etsy shop and I was so chuffed to have them on my stand on the weekend.
My poor blog is neglected, but a good sign of how busy things are. I did manage, after several months to make a newsletter today – you can read it here with some my latest news. Including details of this new pin!
I am super excited to the extreme to join literary agency Bell Lomax Moreton as one of their illustrators. I’m a huge fan of the work from their stable of authors and illustrators and I’m looking forward to the new opportunities this will be bring.
So it’s been a crazy year, and this is my third book for the year. What the? Considering how much work they take, its crazy they all ended up in the first few months of the year, but there you go. There will be one more in a few months, but until then, I’m going to enjoy the release of this one, Love Was Hiding by Jennifer Loakes, illustrated by me, and published by Windy Hollow.
To explain this book, I thought I’d share a bit of an overview from the press release and some images…
Love was Hiding is a picture book that showcases a child discovering the love that his mother puts in to the every day caring tasks. From neatly tying shoelaces, to patiently waiting at the bottom of the slide; from patching up a skinned knee, to running a bubbly bath, the story highlights the sometimes hidden ‘acts of service’ that mothers so lovingly do for their children.
Through each turn of the page, children will feel the warmth of their mothers love. Younger children will enjoy the beautiful soft illustrations, and follow the adorable rabbit family in the story. Older readers will relate to the day-in-the-life of the sweet child rabbit and learn more about their mother’s love.
A heartfelt picture book that will be treasured by both mothers and children, Love was Hiding is perfect for ages 3 and upwards.
The book had only 90 words or thereabout and it was tricky at first trying to work out how to communicate visually the beautiful concept of a parent’s love being there even if they are not. I ended up combining watercolours, iPad illustrations and Photoshop to create a kind of mystical rainbow (!) and a starry theme to the bunny’s world. I feel really happy with the outcome and hope if you track one down you enjoy it x
Yesterday I had my first crack of presenting to adults a bit about my life as a freelance illustrator and working as a book illustrator, and surprisingly – it was fun (for me at least!). I felt like I had heaps to say, after a long road (working in publishing for ten years, and then taking on freelance illustration life over the past 6 years).
The lovely SCBWI team in Victoria run quarterly events with authors, illustrators, and people working in the industry, and they are always inspiring. I was speaking alongside the knowledgable, engaging and lovely Kaye Baillie (who taught us all about her research process for her books) and inspiring, talented and also lovely Melissa Kiel (an experienced publisher/editor AND award winning writer!). I think it would crash my site to load my whole slide presentation (!) but here’s a little soundless video of my process (and please ignore the ridiculous amount of unread emails in my email account in background!!). It may make no sense, but perhaps to some illustrators as I shared my process working between digital and watercolours, using Photoshop and Kyle’s Brushes, layers, blending modes and mucking about.