Friday, 30 January 2015

Animal Adventures

Animal Adventures is a lovely board book series, that I recently illustrated for I am Bookworm.

They follow the adventures of four characters, Hugsie the Penguin, Dougal the Cow, Polly the Cat and Leonard the Lion as they explore the fascinating world around them. They meet lots of other characters along the way, which were a joy to illustrate too! 

I loved working on these cute and cleverly thought out concepts and was thrilled to discover that they have already found their way into the hearts of a French and Dutch publisher! Look out for them this spring France and Holland! 
Here are some little snippits and a lovely picture of them standing proud, courtesy of I am Bookworm.


As some of you know, as well as cute baby animals - I am also slightly obsessed with dachshunds.
It began in a blog post from 2012, when I learnt to crochet the little fella's. Schnitzel, my favourite from the batch, is still on my desk looking up at me. Ahhh, hello Schnitzel!

I created this illustration of an extra long sausage dog, having a long nap, in his long hammock, for the Bright Agency US publishing campaign November Naps. 

It got me thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of being; The Longest Sausage Dog in the World, EVER! It's an ongoing idea I keep playing with, that I would love to develop into a picture book.


I also made him into my 2014 Christmas card. Woof!

Rabbit & Raccoon

I do enjoy sketching and it is nice to have a break away from the Mac... but combining both works well for me.
The little animal sketches from the Monday's blog inspired me to make this christmas card for a lovely Executive Editor I know...

More baby animals...

So it's probably quite obvious that I LOVE drawing animals! Cute baby animals, mostly.
Here are some more, from a little board book idea I've been thinking about...
(I wish these little guys were all real and lived with me!)

Monday, 26 January 2015

Bits & bobs

While I'm looking into what work I'm able to share with you, here are some other little characters.
I've been trying to get to grips with my pencils and inks again. I think the rougher pencilly guys are working well and feel quite characterful, but the three below are perhaps too tight, it's nice to experiment though!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

I'm still here!

So it's been a very exciting year and I'm now reaching a point where I can finally show you some snippits from the wonderful books and new artwork I've been working on! 
This week I'll aim to post something new each day, and get this neglected blog back up to speed! 
In the meantime, here are some musical mice to entertain you! X