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).
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 design made for IBBY Australia as a fundraiser. Painted in watercolour and ink.
Finishing off an illustration for The School Magazine.
Watercolour and pencil.
After a relaxing holiday in Sydney and the Blue Mountains I’m back in the studio refreshed and prepped for a creative 2018.
Kicking off the year with illustrations for The School Magazine.
Faber Castell pencil on Arches Hot Pressed.
Spent a relaxing two weeks in Newtown (Sydney) over New Year.
In between beach visits and cafes I took time out to sketch on the streets.