Bits and pieces of things I've been drawing lately. Development work for new characters and stories...
Some photos to share from the UKLA International Conference in Glasgow earlier this month. I was there for the presentation of 'Our Class Loves This Book: The John Downing Award 2017'.
A big thanks again to the UKLA for selecting 'Atlas of Adventures' for the award, and to Neston Primary School for creating such an amazing display of work in response to the book.
UKLA awards ceremony and gala dinner held at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
Myself and Neston Primary School collecting our awards
'Atlas of Adventures' on display in the UKLA bookshop
Examples of work from Neston Primary School students, created in response to spreads from 'Atlas of Adventures'. Class projects included: building famous London landmarks, interviewing the Mona Lisa in Paris, and writing diary entries from an Antarctic expedition to see the Emperor Penguins!
This Sunday 9th July from 12-6pm, myself and good pal Helen Hancocks will be flogging our wares down at the House of Illustration's Summer Fair in Kings Cross.
We'll be selling lots of illustrated goods, including signed copies of all our books - plus postcards, prints, badges and much more!
For more details of the fair and where to find us please click here. Hope you can make it!
After many months of drawing, I'm excited to say that I finished wrapping up the artwork for my new book this week! A selection of some of the strange creatures that feature inside can be seen below.
Written by Emily Hawkins, 'Atlas of Dinosaur Adventures' is the fourth book in the 'Atlas of' series, and will be published by Wide Eyed Editions later this year (October 2017). Click here to read a bit more about the book and pre-order a copy. More info to follow soon...
Delighted to announce that 'Atlas of Adventures' has been selected by the UKLA as winner of the first whole school submission for 'Our Class Loves This Book: The John Downing Award 2017'.
The school in question, Neston Primary School in Cheshire, produced a collection of work from every class in response to 'Atlas of Adventures' - from history and geography, to art and creative writing. More information about their work and The John Downing Award can be found here and here.
I'll be attending the annual UKLA International Conference in Glasgow at the beginning of July to present Neston Primary with their award.
At the end of last year I was delighted to be asked to contribute to a new exhibition at Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children's Books in Newcastle. The exhibition is called 'Bears!', and showcases all different sorts of bears that have featured in children's literature over the years.
It was an honour to have some of my work from 'Atlas of Animal Adventures' included in the section of the show all about real bears. Two prints from the book are displayed (Black Bears & Polar Bears), alongside some of my original drawings and sketches.
A couple of weekends ago I headed up north for the exhibition's launch party on 17th Feb. It was so great to be able to see all the work on display, and also get to have a look around the brilliant Seven Stories. Well worth a visit if you're in the Newcastle area!
'Bears!' is now open and runs for a year at Seven Stories, then will tour around the rest of the UK. More information about the show can be found here, plus some photos from the launch can be seen below:
Some of the different 'bear' books & artwork on display inside the exhibition
Plus bear costumes to dress up in!
My framed prints and original sketches from 'Atlas of Animal Adventures'
Map showing where different bears come from around the world
Featuring some my bear illustrations - blown up big!
A quick polar bear doodle I drew on the night
A selection of books from the 'Bears!' exhibition on display in the Seven Stories bookshop
Hello all! Some belated good news to share...
Earlier this month 'Atlas of Animal Adventures' won the National Book Tokens Children's Travel Book of the Year category at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2016!
It was a great surprise and honour to have won, and a really nice way to kick start the year. Big thanks again to Stanfords and National Book Tokens for a great evening, and for all their support of the book. The awards were announced at a gala dinner on 2nd February, and each winner was presented with a personalised antique globe trophy.
Click here to read more about the award and the other six winners of the night. You can also see some photos from the awards ceremony below...
A selection of shortlisted books on display
All the shortlisted books in the 'Children's Travel Book of the Year' category
Collecting my award on stage
Personalised hand-made globe trophies for each winner
Close up of my trophy
All seven winning books on display in the window at Stanford's Covent Garden store
Very excited to announce that 'Atlas of Animal Adventures' has been shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2016! It's an honour to be nominated, especially alongside all the other great books in my category (the 'National Book Tokens Children's Travel Book of the Year').
A big thanks to Edward Stanford Ltd. for the nomination. Will keep you posted on any future news...
Happy New Year one and all! Hope you had a good'un.
I'm starting 2017 in my new art studio, and drawing lots of dinosaurs for an exciting book project due later this year. I'll be posting more snippets of my work over the coming months, so keep watching this space for news, updates, and strange prehistoric creatures!