Edinburgh International Book Festival

boardbook_bannercowsI am so delighted to have been invited to do an event at the book festival this year, I can’t wait! My event is this Friday 19 August at 10am. Although it is sold out, I am told you can ring and check for any ticket returns. My event, Scottish Beasties, will be all about celebrating Scotland’s wildlife through reading, art and craft. I have made up Highland Cows for us to decorate and then we will have a ‘best in show’ display with some prize giving. If you are coming I look forward to seeing you soon.

I will post photos after the event, but here is a photo of some event prep and the banner.

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Woodland Alphabet

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I am really enjoying working on a diverse range of book projects, pop-up books, board books, and four different craft/make books. However, it does mean my time is limited in terms of self-motivated projects. I am trying to get some done, as it brings me a lot of joy and it sometimes leads to new book ideas. Here is the finished Woodland Alphabet print. I am rather fond of the Fox character, which I named Oscar after, er . . . Oscar! I also have a warm spot for the Bear, who I think slightly regrets the decision to wear a bow tie.

The print will be available in the Finch and Robin shop as well as my Notonthehighstreet shop. If you are visiting Edinburgh anytime soon (the festival is coming!), it will also be in stock in the Red Door Gallery and Curiouser and Curiouser.

Blackbird’s Book Launch

February has been a bit of a whirlwind. Between briefs, meetings, sick kids, sick me and school visits there was also a launch for Blackbird, Blackbird, What Do You Do? The party was held at Blackwell’s children’s department in Edinburgh. The staff were lovely and lots of friends and family came – plus I got to make some new friends! I was very impressed with the birdy knowledge of my young audience, as was Pip. Here are a few photographs of the launch, thanks in advance to my friends and family (who do not know I have pinched some of their photos!!)

Pip is now out there and available to buy . I hope you enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Sketchbook Sundays

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 13.26.28Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 13.27.18 Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 13.27.09In my last post I mentioned my goal to create more work in my sketchbook, and trying to share at least one piece a week on my (new) Instagram feed. I hadn’t realised how out of practice I was! With deadlines and two small children I usually have a process of sketching, scanning, making, scanning etc until I build up final artwork on-screen. I haven’t created work in my sketchbook for fun/experimenting/exploring for quite a while. I am having a lot of fun and I like to think it is making other artwork better too! So here are a few of the images I have posted on Instagram, just in case you are like myself and have only recently joined (!).

New Curiouser and Curiouser card designs

CCKingfisherCCMountainHare CCSheep CCDeer CCBumblebee CCBarn_OwlI recently worked with Laura and Ian, owners of Edinburgh’s Curiouser and Curiouser, to develop some new additions to British Wildlife card series. I enjoyed it just as much as the first set and the cards have come out just in time to go into their new shop at 106 Bruntsfield. Here are the new designs . . .

Wildlife of the British Isles, Illustrated Map

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British_Isles4For the past six months I have promised people I would extend the Scotland map to include the whole of the British Isles. It is something I really wanted to do as there are so many wonderful animals all over the isles. During my wildlife research, I made some interesting discoveries, such as there are many species that exist in Scotland, Wales and England that have never made it across to Ireland or Northern Ireland. It seems odd that after hundreds of years, nature hasn’t crossed a relatively small gap in the ocean. I am sure there are some very good reasons why not, but I got carried away with drawing animals . . . what is new?

So now there are 53 creatures, including birds, reptiles, mammals, insects and fish. There are still hundreds more, and if your favourite can’t be seen on the map then let me know – I may add it in before a reprint 😉 The A2 print is now available through Finch and Robin, my Etsy shop and notonthehighstreet.com as well as the lovely galleries I supply to.

New Cut out and Make Robin card

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It seems early to be thinking about Christmas, but I am trying to get ahead before baby 2 arrives in December! This cute robin card is my second festive cut out this year. I wanted to do a more traditional card as I know they are a bit easier to mail. The Robin card can be cut out and made into a tree decoration, I just wish Oscar was a little older to make it!

The card is now available from the Finch and Robin shop and Etsy shop, along with my regular galleries and shops.

Sneak preview of this year’s festive cut out and make . . .

Scottie1 Scottie2Scottie dogs have featured in a few projects of mine this year, so it seemed right that a Scottie would be this year’s festive Finch and Robin cut out. This little chap is called Benji and loves the French Alps. He can be hung on your christmas tree or placed in a little winter scene that is also included in the pack. The packs will be on sale in the next few weeks and will be available through the online Finch and Robin store, as well as the galleries and shops we supply to.

Artist Event at Golden Hare Books

scottie_event1 scottie_event2Next Saturday I will be hosting a little artists party at Golden Hare Books. I will be reading There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie (with a little help from my audience) followed by a craft session. Last weekend I got the opportunity to do a joint event with Rebecca Colby at the Wigtown Book Festival and we all made puffins, but this time we will be making little Scottie dogs! Here is a photo of what we will be making and the details of the event are below . . .

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Golden Hare Books, 68 St. Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AQ

 

Nature issue magazine cover for Lotta Magazine

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This year my posts have been a bit few and far between, mostly because I have been working on several children’s books. I love working on children’s books, but they are lengthy projects that you can’t really share until the book is out – and even then you don’t want to spoil anything for people who might read them by giving too much away. So when I was asked to illustrate the cover of Australian children’s magazine, Lotta I jumped at the chance. I love the magazine, which is add free and full of amazing projects for kids. This was the nature issue (my favourite subject), so I was delighted to illustrate some Australian wildlife for a change!

Uk customers can order it online here.

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