Distractions…

I’ve been lazy with this blog now for a while. Twitter and Facebook seem to be more appealing. So I’m around. Just not here so much. Anyway, I’ll drop by again soon.

Not so much lazy, more distracted. Maybe I’m a bit harsh on myself. Maybe…

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It’s never over until the fat lady sings…

So here’s a thing; three weeks after delivering the final a/w for HUGLESS DOUGLAS GOES TO LITTLE SCHOOL, the early proofs are back and the considered opinion (myself included), is that the story isn’t reading as smoothly as it should be. So, for the first time in my 20 years in publishing, I have *reopened the file* and am replacing two spreads…with these.

Ah well, better get on, under 3 weeks before my summer break…

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Summer doodles & Funny Bunnies

A quick update, sorry I haven’t posted for a while (I wonder how many blogs start that way). It’s certainly been a busy time. Last week I finally delivered a/w for the new title HUGLESS DOUGLAS GOES TO LITTLE SCHOOL, which will eventually be published Spring 2015.

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Since then I’ve had year another wee knee operation (that’s four since Jan 2012, but who’s counting). Still, on the bright side, I’ve been working from home, which means I get to sit in the sunny garden and draw silly pictures for the forthcoming series I’m working on with wonderful author Vivian French.

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And while I’m at it, a big thank you to my publisher Hodder Children’s Books for their Congratulations on Publication Day! Today, the two FUNNY BUNNIES board books are available…

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A spread form FUNNY BUNNIES RAIN OR SHINE (a board book of weather)…

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A spread from FUNNY BUNNIES Up and Down (a board book of opposites)…

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Welcome back Miss Moo-Hoo!

I’ve been looking for a new character to join the Hugless Douglas cast and, after a few wrong turns, it occurred to me to revisit someone who just fits the bill; Miss Moo-Hoo. She was the perfect teacher in the picture book Two by Two and a half…so why not again?

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Here she is, the original colour sample I did back in 2007, alongside today’s pencil sketch. It’s nice to be reacquainted. I’m sure she’ll do a fine job in her new post. Time will tell…and in a few weeks, so will this blog…