When we first moved into our house 2 years ago Gerry took a picture of us outside our house, you can see it here. I've had it on my blog ever since, so I decided it might be a good idea to do it again, 2 years on. So here it is.
This is what I have been working on today. It's artwork for a new book I am doing called JoJo the Melon Donkey. It's written by Michael Morpurgo and, as I've said before here, it's set in Venice, where I went to do some sketchbook drawing as research for the book.
It's full of drama, beautiful buildings, and high emotion, which is what I like to draw best.
I know it's a bit early, but I just thought I'd tell everyone that I will be having a launch party for How To Hide A Lion.
The book uses Berwick as a backdrop for the story, so the launch party will be at:
Berwick Town Hall on Saturday 29th September 12 - 3pm.
Everyone is welcome, there will be refreshments, signed copies of the book, lion face painting (for children, not lions), a display of children's work from 4 local schools, a drawing activity and a competition. I am hoping the Berwick Mayor might come too, as he features in the book.
I'm working on a book called Jojo the Melon Donkey at the moment. I am really enjoying it, the book is set in Venice and I went there to do some research. I've talked about that on my blog before and you can see some of the sketchbook drawings here. A lot of the illustrations come almost exactly as they are, from the sketchbooks. I drew donkeys here in Berwick, at a nearby farm. I'll put some of those sketches on here soon.
Then, last week, while rummaging at a car boot sale, I found the little vase that's on the shelf. It's a 1960's Rington's vase called 'Little Pedro' and has the most beautiful little donkey on it. I have it there to inspire me.
Last week I visited Hay-on-Wye book festival for the first time. Sadly we got rained on, but happily, it didn't seem to keep the crowds away. I forgot my waterproofs and wellies, and when I got home my shoes needed to be surgically removed from a carrier bag. They are still on the kitchen windowsill drying out.
One little boy cried because he wanted the picture I'd drawn of a bear, I handed it over immediately! You can't have disasters like crying at book readings, it's not right. I am blown away at the passion of a 5 year old boy for a piece of paper with a crayon drawing of a bear on it. No bells or whistles, no knobs or lights, just a piece of paper with a drawing of a bear. Who says children are lost to a digital world?