Tania McCartney (author) and I are thrilled to share our book Ivy Bird has flown overseas and will be publishing with the wonderful Blue Dot Press on April 7th. Blue Dot create books that “aspire to empower the next generation of global citizens with empathy, resilience, creativity, and the shared value of nature and its stewardship” and we are just so happy that our book has found a home with them after Windy Hollow. Exciting times!
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.”
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
Happy Year of the Dog! I have recently worked on a new picture book celebrating dogs, the Chinese zodiac and explaining about some of the animal/personality traits. This weekend in Melbourne we are having a little party for the book and to celebrate the Year of the dog!
A long time dream has been doing a Christmas book, and it is now complete! A new book with Windy Hollow called Merry Everything is being released in October, and it was so fun to work on. Tania McCartney wrote a beautiful book and it was so fun drawing animals in Christmassy action around the world.
Tania made this lovely animation with all the art from the book, and details on the book launch are below.
It’s the first day of Spring, and the release day for If Baby Could Talk, my new book written by Michael Wagner and published by Windy Hollow. It was super fun to work on as my baby was just the right age to model for me for this book, and was learning to walk as I was painting walking babies… hurrah!
If you are at a loose end tomorrow, we are launching this book at The Little Bookroom at 3pm, with champagne, cupcakes, balloons and hurrahs!
My poor bloggy has been a bit neglected, but not through me not having anything to write. IT’S BEEN A MANIC FEW MONTHS! But in a good way (although many colds and flus – not so good too).
However… Two new book covers have been released, with the books coming out with Windy Hollow both in September!
First of all is If Baby Could Talk, written by the wonderful Michael Wagner. I’m so excited about this book, it was just so fun and easy to work on, and can’t wait to see it in person. Windy Hollow shared this sneak peek….
And following that in late September will be my first Christmas book, with my dear pal and colleague (having now worked on three books together!), Tania McCartney. I didn’t realise until now how the covers are similar colours! But the content is quite different, this one all about animals rather than kiddos, and it’s a really fun concept Tania created.
I am just sooooo happy that I have been able to keep creating kids books… A dream I’ve had since I was a kid. Looking forward to sharing these in more detail soon. x
So excited to receive foreign editions of this cute little board book and decal set I worked on, Goodnight Woods. Published by The Five Mile Press and out in Australia in August.
I’ve just finished the last assignment of the MATS Bootcamp – another great collection of projects, has been super fun. Here’s all my assignments! Varied in medium, but I think maybe just maybe the style is getting more consistent even when I don’t realise it is…
My third (and final for 2016) picture book is released this month, Little Koala Lost. It’s a sweet counting book for little ones by Blaze Kwaymullina, and published by Omnibus. I had so much fun drawing the different Australian critters and most especially the koala, especially since our little koala Billy was just about born when I wrapped it up. You can pick up a copy at your local bookshop or online – great if you can support your local sellers! x