Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Cristóbal Schmal

I am going to be sharing more works from the illustrators exhibition in Bologna. These collaged works are by Cristóbal Schmal a Chillian illustrator based in Berlin.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Adolfo Serra

One of the illustrators selected for the Illustrators Exhibition at the Bologna Children's Book Fair this year was Adolfo Serra with his delightful collaged displays of insects.

Because of the flat display of the works this year they were incredibly difficult to see and indeed photograph, due to the reflections and shadows, so please excuse the quality of the photos.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Noemi Batllori

Noemi Batllori's illustration 'El Animal Mas' written by Pere Juan simply and effectively illustrated with stamp prints in bold colour combinations. This book is about an ant believing he is big, realising that there are many creatures much bigger than him.

Saturday, 22 April 2017


Never work with children and animals, so the saying goes, but Oh! they make it so worth while. This week I have been painting a mural for my friend's daughter. The working conditions . . . have been tricky at times.

But a birch tree forest has emerged, with birds and animals, fungi and insects, gold leaves and stars, and there has been a very appreciative daily critique to look forward to when school is out.

Great fun to hide little secret elements like shining leaves, bees, snails (and slime) for later discovery to.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Sophia Han

This is an illustrator found on the Illustrators wall at Bologna, her name is Sophia Han who is based in Anyang, Korea. Her work is very varied and has been used extensively commercially. These images are from her children's book, 'Into the Forest'. I like the variety of line and texture but also the contrary layout of the bottom image. 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Natascha Durley

As ever, for me, it is the energy and impulsive drawings that capture fun and joy, and so I love these sketches of Tortoises by Natascha Durley who I found on the illustrator's wall in Bologna. Natascha's current body of work is collaged gatherings of animals and birds, which are repeated into patterns. Her inspiration being gathered from natural history museums, aquariums, and country walks.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Pigeons I

I have been working on a new book since returning from Bologna and the start of this process has been many sketches and sheets of pigeons. As I love birds this is not a difficult task, it is a joy, including going out early in the morning armed with bags of corn to tempt them ever closer. 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Mariane Rivoal

These images are from French illustrator and printmaker Mariane Rivoal's book; 'Three Peas' of 2012. It has beautiful monotone textures with happy splashes of green in the joyous peas exploring their world.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Justyna Wiśniowska

Justyna Wiśniowska is a graphic design student from Krakow, who works with waste off cuts and scraps.
These are her rough assemblages of cardboard, stitched with coarse string and roughly painted, called 'crossword'. They are like patterns for survival, plans for remaking and transforming the disregarded into something loved, a puzzle to be solved.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Eggs and eyeballs

Easter Sunday and I have been at a pirate event, holding a replacement eye workshop.
Today was a ninety egg (eye) day and I was so happy as we completed the last eye in the final 5 minutes, perfect!

Egg Days

This weekend I have two full day workshops, at The Falkland Center for Stewardship and Scone Palace.
Ninety eggs have been scrubbed and boiled, ready to be dyed and painted to Easter perfection and many Bunny mask templates have been cut to shape.

Hope you are having a lovely spring weekend.