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.
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.
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.
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.
The perfect birdhouse. I’d say this birdhouse illustration would be the perfect design for the feathered tree dweller.
An extract from a larger drawing.
Finishing off a stormy watercolour illustration for The School Magazine.
Created in watercolour and pencil.