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,…

Midwinter wishes

The Midwinter Solstice is stumbling towards us. The light is dimming on the year and this ending time gives me a chance to look back on what has happened in 2018. Although the outside world seems to be manically dancing in chaos, my own little world has definitely had a good year. Highlights have included…

An Interview for Illustrator Saturday.

I was recently honoured to be interviewed by Kathy Teaman for Illustrator Saturday, a weekly post she promotes on her wordpress site http://www.kathtemean.wordpress.com.  Kathy was a regional advisor for SCBWI, the Society of Childrens’ Book Writers and Illustrators in the U.S. for many years and her very popular blog exists to help both published and…

Spring flowers.

The sun has finally come out, the primroses and windflowers are scattering palely across the green and my cherry tree is blossoming flamboyantly in the back garden. Work always gets put into perspective when the spring flowers arrive. It’s been a busy month with multiple small projects: from educational commissions, to an outsized image of…

Green Man

This most recent project for US children’s book publishers The Book Foundation features The Green Man on the front cover. I wanted to concentrate on the decorative aspects of the image for a change, rather than narrating a particular part of the story.  As an ancient fertility figure I included lots of wildife and natural…