This week saw the first pre-release review for Ollie and Augustus in Books + Publishing with a 4.5 stars rating.
“Evans’ illustrations are so pleasing – recalling, in the best way, illustrations such as Emily Gravett and Peter H. Reynolds.” Extract – Books + Publishing.
There’s a combination of excitement and trepidation knowing my book is already winging its way around Australian book reviewers.
I’ve ended my week with the return of my art from Walker Books Australia. It’s been a year since I’ve seen them and I’d forgotten how BIG Augustus is in this picture! Love revisiting the artwork. It’s like I’m seeing them for the first time.
My new picture book, Ollie and Augustus (Walker Books), is only a few months away from being released.
I’ve been scribbling up action plans for book launches, signings and school and library visits across NSW (September – October) and WA (November – December).
If you think your local school or library would like me to visit please let them know or send me their details here.
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!
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.