Travel inspires creativity -how Japan influenced my work.

It’s been a busy few months, peering solemnly out at the summer rain and working hard on projects I can’t yet talk about. There are new maps and storybooks and TV props all waiting to be revealed later in the year…In the meantime, the dim weather and hard work has got me thinking of travelling,…

Taro, the Fisherman – illustrating for the education market.

This post is a short one about a short, small project that gave me a lot of pleasure to do. What was surprising was that it was a book for the education market, ie: part of a graded reading scheme, working for which I often find fairly challenging. I was approached by Scholastic at the…

Commissioning illustrators for picture books – a guide. Part 1.

I am regularly asked by members of the public if I will illustrate books they have written for them. I thought it would be useful if I wrote about the standard professional process a commission entails and I’m using my latest finished project for Lion Hudson, Seasons of Wonder, as an example. Written by Julia Key,…

A book in progress and my first Gif…

An illustrator’s work is never done when it comes to marketing herself. And even if you would rather be outside in places that are more green and simple than urban, technology still helps get that work done… I’m in the middle of illustrating a new book about things that live in gardens; moles, foxes, squirrels,…