Friday, 25 June 2010

Illustration Friday - 'Satellite'

Wikidepia says - In the context of spaceflight, a satellite is an object which has been placed into orbit by human endeavor. Such objects are sometimes called artificial satellites to distinguish them from natural satellites such as the Moon

This satellite is a Boogle and it was accidentally set into orbit by Ooogle-Doogle!

the Boogle shot off Ooogle-Doogle's back and flew into space
"Oh no!" cried Ooogle-Doogle. "Come back...."

My illustration from Star Friends by Tracey Corderoy,
out next month!

Thank you for your comments!

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

The Magician's Nephew

This month I've been working on a new Flip-up Fairy Tale book for Child's Play which is a retelling of The Sorcerer's Apprentice with a female magician in place of the sorcerer. I'm having lots of fun with the flaps - it's a while since I've done one of these and I'd forgotten how complicated it is to get them all to line up nicely! This is my fourth book in this series - the others are Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Emperor's New Clothes and The Elves and the Shoemaker.
Here's a sneak preview of the apprentice/nephew from one of the roughs!

Friday, 18 June 2010

Illustration Friday - 'Paisley'

What a difficult subject! Just thought I'd design a nice paisley pattern with a birdie theme. I definitely don't have any existing artwork that I could use for this one, and I'm very interested to see what everyone else comes up with!

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Star Friends

I've a new book coming out on 1st July - so here is a sneak preview of some of the illustrations! It's a lovely story by Tracey Corderoy and it was great fun to illustrate. Bit of a change for me - not as soft and fluffy so maybe the boys will like it more!

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Illustration Friday - Ripple

My Illustration Friday submission this week which hopefully will help to raise some money for the big clean-up operation required to help the wild animals affected by the Gulf oil spill. It's an original watercolour painting of a pair of gannets on a black background. I love gannets - they're stunning birds and I chose the subject because I believe a northern gannet was one of the first birds to be picked up and cleaned after the gulf oil spill.
Have a look at the rest of the artwork on

These photos are from my cousin Jo who lives in Camas in Washington. The children are from the special needs class where she works, and they've got a thing about turtles! They put on a play inspired by Bear and Turtle and the Great Lake Race by Andrew Fusek Peters, which I illustrated. I love the hats!

Friday, 11 June 2010

Blue Door Commission

I've just finished a commission to paint a doorway for my friend Mary - I think she likes it, but it's so long since I've done a commission I must admit I was nervous! It's quite a big canvas, so it made a lovely change from book illustration. I thought the door was in Ireland but it's actually in Monmouth, in Wales.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

One for Father's Day

We had a swarm of bees in the garden on Sunday, which is lucky because we just happen to be beekeepers! So Jeff cut the branch with the swarm on it and put it in front of an empty hive. The bees obligingly walked up the ramp and set up home - so cute! As a result Jeff has a big swollen hand where he got stung. In Northern Ireland we would have said "it swelled up like a bap".
On the plus side, we have a nice big bowl of honey in the kitchen which he collected from our other bees to remind us of why we like to keep them!
The swarm looked like one of the illustrations I did for 'Me and My Dad' by Alison Ritchie.
And I thought I might as well plug the book as a great Father's Day gift while I'm at it!

Friday, 4 June 2010

Illustration Friday - 'Trail'

One of my illustrations from 'The Magical Snowman' by Catherine Walters

Little Rabbit stopped and looked around. He wasn't sure which way he had come.The swirling snow made everything look strange.

I'm probably going to be sacked from Illustration Friday because it took me three goes to get this link to work - but it's my first go!