Yesterday I had the absolute joy of experimenting and getting to grips with photoshop. I was motivated to reproduce a pop-up piece I did for The 52 Week Illustration Challenge last year. It came together surprisingly quickly.
I have been thoroughly enjoying teaching a group of very talented young people at Oak Hill Gallery. Last week we ventured into the community rose garden for some observational sketching. I was really impressed with the level of focus and commitment and I’m really looking forward to seeing more.
The 52 Week Illustration Challenge is a beautiful community of people. They give a word a week for illustrators to respond to and post on their FB page. I used to do this through ‘Illustration Friday’ but somehow this community has a more personal feel, probably because it’s managed locally so I know some of the admin and contributors. They’ve just kicked off the new year. I’m hoping to keep up with it each week, so I won’t be doing pop-ups, although I love them they take up too much time.Fancy Dress
I was delighted to receive this unexpected parcel of advance copies this morning. This book has been out for a while and I illustrated it ages ago, but Hachette have brought it out in a board book. It’s very cute.
I also received the happy news that ‘You’re Different, Jemima’ will soon be in print. This book has had a rocky start in life and almost didn’t make it. But the fabulous Naomi and Jeremy Hunter at ‘Empowering Resources’ look it on and now it’s available for pre-sale.
We’re coming to the end of our incredibly long Summer break. This year has ben one of our best in Australia. The weather has been amazing, the garden has been beautiful and the kids have been a lot of fun. We’ve been camping, discovered ‘The Pillars’, entertained overseas and local visitors and shot down a crazy long waterslide in a main street in Melbourne. It may not be illustration but this lot are my constant source of inspiration. (The chicken was a Christmas present made by my youngest)