Monday, 3 December 2012

From SCBWI Winchester conference to the children's book fair in Montreuil, Paris

By Bridget Strevens

The buzz from SCBWI Winchester conference is still ringing in my head:  Debi Gliori's heartfelt keynote speech and workshop,  Eric Huang's enlightening explanation of Transmedia, hosted and reported on here by Nick Cross,  useful branding tips from author Justin Somper and PJ Norman of Author Profile, performance training from school visitor extraordinaire Steve Hartley, author-actor Mo O'Hara, and finally the best ever group book launch hosted by the inimitable  Lin Oliver co-founder of SCBWI.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Print Showcase Winners at the 2012 Conference

The Illustrator's Print Showcase introduced at Bright Horizons, the SCBWI Conference in Winchester this year was displayed both in the Conference venue and the Book Launch party at the Guildhall. Massive thanks to Anne-Marie, Loretta and the other organisers for the hard work of moving around the images. Three illustrations were voted the faculty and attendee favourites, here are the winning prints by Amber Hsu, Layn Marlow and Nicola Robinson!  

Friday, 23 November 2012

A Picture Book in Graphic Format

By Gillian McClure

Zoe’s Boat will be launched this weekend at the SCBWI Mass Book Launch in Winchester.

In this picture book, I wanted to introduce the very young child to a graphic format while at the same time offering a good read-aloud text.    

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Getting Near to the End....

By Lynne Chapman

Yesterday I was out doing a school visit in Nottingham, but for all the rest of last week, I have been working away on my Swap! artwork. On Wednesday morning I finished off the school room illustration I was half way through last time we met

Monday, 8 October 2012

The Fox the Crow and the Smelly Old Cheese

By Anna Violet

I've been experimenting with tie-dyeing for backgrounds and I thought I'd share some of my images from the Fox and Crow and Cheese Aesops Fable that I've reworked .  I like the atmostphere/drama the tie-dye textures can give. 

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

'Halloween Forest' process

By John Shelley

The awful secrets are revealed! Please check my blog to read how I created the artwork for my latest creepy picture book Halloween Forest, the evil planning, the pain, the dark horrors of it all....

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Tokyo Exhibition

By John Shelley

I'm back in the UK now after spending the summer in Tokyo (some may remember I used to live there for over 20 years). It was very good to be back and the show was a great success. Part of the exhibition was the original artwork to my Jack and the Beanstalk book [Jack to Mame no Ki], which has just been released in Japan, but as these were not for sale, the gallery made a series of 2 very fine limited edition "Neograph" prints from the book.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Getting back to Drawing: SketchCrawls

By Lynne Chapman

Lots of us illustrators don't really draw any more. We draw as part of our work, we might sketch as part of research for a book, or to create a character, but many illustrators haven't gone out with a sketchbook, just for the joy of it, since college. 

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Creating the artwork for my new book

By Lynne Chapman

I'm a bit behind with my 'Swap! artwork, so no more time for filming: it been head-down-time this week.

This was my desk on Friday night. I have decided to treat myself to some bigger, bolder bits of artwork for the next few days, having focussed on vignettes for quite a few days now, which are so fiddly. The joy of these bigger, simpler images is that you cover vast areas of the paper really quickly, so get a great sense of achievement.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Filmed Demonstration: Creating a Picture Book Illustration in Pastels

By Lynne Chapman

From time to time, people have asked me if I could make a film demonstrating the pastel technique I use in my picture books. I wrote a step-by-step illustrated guide, talking through the creation of a cover illustration for an educational project, but it's taken a while to get round to an actual film.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Starting My New Picture Book Artwork!

By Lynne Chapman

I've finally had the go-ahead from my publisher on those last few redraws of the illustrations for my new picture book Swap!, so at last it's all go! I've only done about half my tracing-up, as it's such a tedious task, tracing all the line work onto my pink pastel paper on the light box. I have to do it in the dark too, despite the sunshine outside (groan), as the pastel paper is too thick to see through otherwise. 

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Jack and the Beanstalk

By John Shelley

I posted some of the linework to drawings before painting from Jack to Mame no Ki (Jack and the Beanstalk) before, here are some completed pieces in colour from the finished book, which will be released by Fukuinkan Shoten publishers in Japan in September. I don't know of any deals struck outside of Japan as yet, it would be wonderful to see an English language edition of course!

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Dino School

By Mike Brownlow

This is an image from a book I've just finished illustrating for Simon and Schuster in New York. The book is called 'Dino School' and as the name suggests, it's about a school for dinosaurs. This particular story is about a T-Rex called Teddy, who can only roar extremely loudly. Think Brian Blessed in dungarees with scales and teeth. Actually, don't. It's too disturbing.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Jack and the Beanstalk

By John Shelley

My current work-in-progress is a picture book of Jack and the Beanstalk for Fukuinkan Shoten publishers in Japan.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Cover for Highlights magazine

By Mike Brownlow

This is a cover I finished recently for Highlights High Five magazine in the States. Happy, smiley animals for a bright, sunny morning. I painted it digitally in layers on top of the pencil rough I'd scanned in.

Here's to a good 2012 for us all.