Thursday, 29 September 2011

Young readers phonics book

By Anna Violet

How Anansi Got His Stories has just been published by Oxford University Press (Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales series), and I'm very excited, because I did the illustrations for it. It is the first time I have been published in children's books, too.

Anansi is a trickster spider from traditional West African/Caribbean tales. The other characters include a leopard, a snake, hornets and a sky god.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Viv Schwarz character design and comic workshop

Viviane Schwarz playing with shapes. 
By Anne-Marie Perks

Viviane started the session talking about coming to graphic novels from picture books. In her last book, co-written with Alexis Deacon for Walker Books, A Place to Call Home, Viv used panels and speech bubbles.

As soon as Walker got a graphic novel department, Viv proposed her graphic novel, Sleepwalkers, a wonderful imaginative story in which children can leave a letter under their pillows asking for help in stopping their nightmares.

No line!

By Mike Brownlow

I've just received the proof copy of a book I wrote and illustrated for OUP earlier in the year -- a re-telling of the Elves and the Shoemaker. It was a bit of a departure for me in that I decided to do away with a holding line, which for a long time has been the way I've preferred to work in Photoshop. I rather liked the result. The pictures felt fresher somehow.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

'Baby Can Bounce' artwork - head down...

By Lynne Chapman
When last I showed you my artwork on the book, I was about to start the hedgehogs. I got on with them early last week: