Art Swap!! Get your pencils ready . . .

IMG_0073In celebration of Spring’s arrival (any day now, I’m sure!) and Blackbird, Blackbird, What Do You Do? publication, I am having an art swap challenge. I am looking for bird-lovers (feathery variety), to draw one of their favourite birds and post it to me. Let me know your postcode and I will send a bird drawing back. You can use pencils, paints, paper, glue, stamps, pens – whatever you fancy. If you want me to draw a particular bird for you, put a note in with your drawing. I’m encouraging people of any age to take part and will keep it going for roughly two weeks and then I will show the results!

So to recap . . .

  • Send your bird art to me: Kate McLelland, 7 Kirknewton Court, Kirknewton, West Lothian, EH27 8BT
  • Include your name, address and age and whether you would like a particular bird send back!

Have fun! I can’t wait to see them . . .



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!

Fable Friday: Shere Khan

Shere_KhanI am a bit of a fan of villains and Shere Khan, from Kipling’s The Jungle Books, is one of my favourites. He was born with a crippled leg, seeks to rule the Jungle and is cunning and intelligent. I much prefer him to Mowgli, who wouldn’t?! Anyway, here is my very sympathetic illustration of Shere Khan

May illustration for Le Immagini della fantasia

MayRecently I was delighted to be asked to contribute a piece of work to this year’s Le Immagini della fantasia exhibition. The Exhibition was conceived in 1982 by illustrator Štěpán Zavřel and has since gone on to become an international event that has celebrated hundreds of illustrator’s work. My work will be part of a collection by Edinburgh College of Art, which aims to celebrate Scotland by illustrating the 12 months. Vivian French wrote the beautiful words for each month.

My month was May, which was perfect as I spent may Mays on the Isle of Skye with my sister when I was a child. The image is my homage to the beautiful coral beach and it’s very nosy inhabitants!! I will add details of the exhibition and when you can see the students work as and when I know.

Puffin Festival at the Scottish Seabird Centre


PUFFINFEST 25Recently I was asked by the wonderful people over at the Scottish Seabird Centre, in North Berwick, to take part in their first ever Puffin festival. Running from Friday 16 to Monday 26 May, the Scottish Seabird Centre’s Puffin Fest will feature a ‘family-friendly and environmentally-focused programme of activities’. I will be hosting a storytelling (Wee Lassie) and puffin craft workshop on Saturday 17 and Saturday 24 May, at 11:00. Above is a sneak peak at the activity the children (or adults!) will be making. So, if you are free one of those days and can reach North Berwick, please pop along for some Puffin fun!

p.s I will also be exhibiting some artwork from Wee Lassie in the Puffin Exhibition.

Photo and promo © Rob McDougall

Hen illustration

Hen_progressYesterday I doodled a hen in my notebook (it is a very detailed illustration!). There was something about her that I liked , so I decided to create some final artwork. I call her Betty and I would love to have a chicken just like her, but unfortunately I don’t think the neighbours would appreciate her clucking away all day. Here are a few photos and screen shots of the process.

Meet Islay, the Highland Pony

Highland_Pony1 Highland_pony3A few weeks ago I received a lovely email from the School House Gallery in Dornie asking to stock Finch and Robin’s Cut Out and Make designs. They also mentioned that Highland Ponies were much loved in the highlands. Up until then I had never heard of a Highland Pony (I had been planning a shetland pony). However, after staring at them for several hours on the internet, in the name of ‘research’, I was totally smitten. I have to admit I was a girl who loved horses and ponies . . . well into my teens. So it was a joy to create the newest member of the cut-out family, Islay. Islay also comes with her friend, Adam the adder.

New – British Garden Birds Poster

British_gardenI have been adding to my British Garden Birds poster for some time and it is finally finished! I am planning to print it as an A2 poster onto uncoated recycled paper.

Doodle a Day round up – week 14

Doodle_wk14I am afraid it is a little late, but here is the round up of last week’s doodles! I am into my fourth month now and have reached my first real hurdle with the project. I am certain I will get back into it, but this last week has been a struggle. I would love to say it is because I am busy socialising etc, but in truth after putting Oscar to bed I am completely shattered!

Doodle a Day round up – week 13

Doodle_wk13Here is a selection from this week’s doodles. I am currently doing research and character sketches for a project, which has been feeding into Doodle-a-day!

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