Here’s mischievous teasing tease of my current project for the SS Great Britain. It is for an interactive secret thing. I’ve also been creating and developing a series of eight characters along with the rough map. Sorry it looks really boring.
In other news I’ll be in Bologna in a month, for the Children’s book festival. All my tickets and things have arrived, though I did accidentally book my hostel for the February instead of March and got a surprise yesterday when I received a text saying that they hoped I had a nice stay, I was like what? AND good luck with charging my card with a fine because there is little or no money on it. So in a mad panic I am now staying in what looks like a creepy camp on a lavender farm, I am scared/really excited. My journey is super complicated too, at some point i’ll be in Brussels, I don’t really know why.
I’m a smelly pig.
I am going to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair at the end of March, which is like a huge thing, and everyone who is anyone is going to be there (in the publishing world). It means that I have to sort my portfolio out and order new business cards. And although I haven’t worked out how I’m getting there (I think it is going to involve flying to Milan and catching a train to Bologna) I have planned what I am going to wear down to the last detail. I struggle when It comes to priorities, but at least I’ll look nice wherever I go, and whatever happens.
I think this is my finished Valentine’s card design for the children’s charity PACT http://www.pactcharity.org/. I know it’s not quite the image one is accustomed to for Valentine’s, but I wanted to go for a more simpler image that only hinted at the innocence of real, good old-fashioned romance. Not a pink heart/fluffy bunny/or crude message insight.
teacupofyellow-deactivated20130 asked: Have you always been interested in illustration? :)
I think so, but it was years before I actually called it illustration, for a long time I was just the boy who drew. I really just like attention and drawing helped me form my niche in school, it was my thing. I had decided I wanted a career as a picture book maker in my very first year of school, and it kind of stuck. Though I did have phases where I really wanted to be a concierge, an actor and/or a person who trained cats for blind people.
I drew constantly through childhood (sorry I wasn’t really sure how to phrase this without sound like an old old man), I would go through picture books and add details to them, for in my mind I was improving them. I drew elephants a lot, and trains and elephants on trains. I just wanted to tell stories, and pictures allow me to do that, that has been the real pull.
Aside from all that I think I sort of have the drawing gene, my grandmother has in fact traced the artistic gene through my grandfather’s side of the family all the way through to the start of the 1800s, and it makes them happy to think that I’m continuing with it. I however, am not entirely sure about this. I am not comfortable with the idea of attempting to pursue illustration as a career simply because of someone else.
Thank you very much for the great question. X
My Christmas cards have been featured on Amelia’s Magazine
And you can buy my cards here