Tuesday, October 07, 2008

My first book!
About November last year, I was working with Kingfisher on "Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh" (1 story within the compilation) and, now, my 2 copies arrived last Friday! It was so exciting, I had no idea what was inside the package, even after seeing 'Macmillian' printed on the outside.. it still didn't click until a few moments later, when I tore it open - it was like Christmas! It's so lovely to see it in print. There's 16 stories in total illustrated by other fabulous artists, and mine is on pg 38.
Look! Can you see my name? And my mouse?Here's little tiny Timothy, the poorly mouse in bed with fever...
And here's Mrs Frisby, delighted at how Spring has finally sprung! (She's so happy that she's singing by the looks of it!)
Ah, and here is pessimistic little Mrs Shrew, forcasting doom and gloom...
How will it end!? You'll have to buy the book to find out!
I think it looks just grand on my shelf, with all my other books! And Mrs Frisby even stars on the spine of the book too! *grin*

Thursday, October 02, 2008

South West Illustrator's at the Bath Festival of Childrens Literature! Hooray! What a week, between 19th Sept till 28th Sept, we had our exhibition in Bath. It took a lot of hard work to organise by other members in the group (to whom I can't say enough 'thankyous') And the exhibition room looked great, all the work stunning and so beautifully framed. I'm not sure who decided where to put all the artwork, but my work was displayed next to Jackie Morris in our own little corner of the room which I thought was lovely! And it was especially lovely to meet Jackie at the end of the week, go for coffee and look around Mr B's Bookshop, and write and draw in their guestbook...

Our grand opening/private view was brilliant (was soo nervous beforehand, woke up with such a tummy ache) But it all turned out fabulously. It was great to have all my housemates there, and meet another lovely illustrator who's joining the same agency as me. We went to the launch party of the festival too, where I met a lovely lady from the Booktrust, and a lovely illustrator and author. It was especially fun to talk with them as another illustrator/author, argue over watercolour techniques, compare ways of working, and hear about what they do. We also talked about moustaches and eyebrows. I nearly missed my last train home and stay over at their hotel, but they kindly stayed up with me so I could get the 01.15 train home... (I had a great time talking with you guys!)

But I think the bestest moment of all, was during our grand opening, we had a lot of little school kids come for story time and then they were let loose around the exhibition. A lady I was with picked a girl at random and asked her "which picture is your favourite?" and this little girl said "The Lion!!!" and pointed at my Lion! Haha! That made my day!
On saturday, I went back to the show, and the lovely author who I met the night before came to visit! And the lovely lady from the Booktrust (Thanks for coming to visit! I hope you enjoyed the show!)

On monday I went to Bath in the evening to see an illustrators talk thing, which is always interesting to hear how other people got into all this!

I looked after the show on wednesday, with the lovely Carol Tratt I had a great day! I loved sitting amongst all the pictures. We got to watch Sarah Warburton do a gig 'Drawing Rumblewick' and Chris Fisher drawing an endless stream of animals and creatures - as dictated by the floor-full of school kids.

On wednesday, I also discovered a draw full of a million plastic spoons:
The show came down on sunday, and we all breathed a sigh of relief! Although brilliant and exciting and fun, it was exhausting. Especially when we are all working illustrators with deadlines and so close to the Frankfurt bookfair!

So inbetween going to Bath, I have been working on my new secret project, it's such a cuuuute book. But I'm not aloud to say anything.
While I was painting yesterday, the sun shone through my window and cast a shadow on my wall of the plants outside, it looked amazing!
Oooh, and I have press cuttings!

Venue Magazine, thanks to the brilliant Simon Fry

And October's issue of Artists and Illustrators magazine!
Phew, what a week. And now I have my artwork back home, Daisy is pleased to see the mice back with her...