Saying goodbye to my crazy girl before flying to Sydney for a couple of months.
I’ll be spending time working on several new story ideas, organising events for the release of my picture book, Ollie and Augustus, and running a few workshops.
If your Sydney library or school is interested in a workshop then please contact Young Australia .
Today was all about reviewing the final proofs of Ollie and Augustus – my latest picture book I’ve written and illustrated.
Exciting to see how this book has come together – thanks to the creative team at Walker Books.
The release date, September 2019, can’t come soon enough!
Let it rain.
A watercolour and charcoal painting developed using rapid, energy induced strokes. Sometimes, after a focusing on an illustration project, I need to step away and paint for the pure joy of creating.
Included in my thoughts and sketches gallery.
Now back to work!
Today I finished the art for Augustus and Ollie, my new picture book with Walker Books Australia.
So excited for this book – featuring Ollie and his best friend (and dog) Augustus.
The idea was first conceived in 2014 over a tea (or was it a coffee? Definitely a hot beverage) with a sketch of a large dog and small boy. Fast forward four years and this sketch has become my 25th illustrated book and the first picture book I’ve both written and illustrated for Walker Books.
Released Australia wide in early 2019.
Find some of my other books here.
A quokka selfie was among the highlights during a brief holiday from my studio.
Two weeks exploring Western Australian beaches and karri forests reminded me how lucky I am to live in this remote part of the world.
Refreshed and refocused I’m back in the studio finishing off my latest picture book with Walker Books.
I look forward to showing sneak peaks from this new book soon.
Yes, I’m supposed to be 100% focused on my new picture book. But I couldn’t help procrastinating with this watercolour and pencil sketch of a little girl being blown away by the wind.
Okay, play time over, back to work (proceeds to kitchen to make a coffee).
An old dog howling – trying to find the perfect note. Or, as I like to think, how I look attempting to sing…
Watercolour and gouache over pencil.
Creating a chicken illustration is always fun – they have such personalities! This extract, from a larger painting, is of a bantam rooster crowing… Very similar to how I looked today coming up with a new picture book idea!
Work in progress (from a couple of weeks ago). This design was created for the International Board of Books – IBBY Australia’s Perth quiz night.
IBBY Australia allowed me to select a theme, so I chose a balloon house because – well – balloon houses are awesome…
The illustration was created with ink overlaid by watercolour.
See the finished version here.
A fun design created for the International Board of Books IBBY Australia Perth’s branch’s quiz night.
I was given complete freedom in designing this poster. That in mind I selected to illustrate a balloon house (yes, my dream home if I can’t have a treehouse). The painting was created in watercolour and ink.
The original painting will be up for silent auction on the night so if you’re nearby make sure to book a table and bid. Proceeds go to IBBY Australia.