Monday, September 1, 2014

Updates


Exciting news! The contract for my BRAND NEW (Top Secret Project) has been extended to include even more books in the series (and the first book has not even been printed yet!!) This is so exciting as it's already created such a buzz with everyone involved in it. It's been a massive amount of work to get the logo, cover and series 'look' finalised, but it was soooo worth the effort. I can't wait to share it with you.....NEXT YEAR!!


I am also working my way through the next batch of Little Learners Readers...just one more to go.


...and I am still buying fabric and dreaming of having time to make something with it!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MY SUBMISSION: LILLA ROGERS GLOBAL TALENT SEARCH 2014


Here is my final submission. The Top 50 Finalists have just been announced here. There is some stunning work there, so go check it out when you can. I missed the cut but am so happy with my piece - I guess that's all you can ask for really! Good Luck to all of the finalists! Can't wait to see what they produce for the next submission!

Monday, August 25, 2014

LILLA ROGERS GLOBAL TALENT SEARCH 2014

Despite a ridiculously heavy workload, I could not resist participating in the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search - especially after I read the brief:

Create a piece of wall art based on LITTLE TERRARIUMS!






Lilla has a way of presenting a brief that just seems to generate a flood of ideas. I had so much fun just playing....









We have been advised to wait until the Top 50 finalists are announce on the 26th of August to reveal our final submissions so drop by in a couple of days to see what I submitted. All 999 entries will also be available to view in Lilla's online gallery, so no doubt there will be quite a buzz about it all in the next few days!

Here's a reject from my colour ups....just to tease you with!



Happy Birthday!

Yesterday was my birthday, and it was my daughters' a few days earlier!




I was spoiled with some lovely gifts from my favourite local shop (Your Home Matters in Goulburn.)


We then trekked into Canberra for the day, where we saw this wonderful Bob Graham Exhibition.


 He is an Australian Illustrator with an incredible body of work. There were so many pieces I would love to have bought....the artwork from this book would have to be my favourite!

 


It reminded my how wonderful it is to see original artworks. I sometimes think that all of this computer generated artwork loses something of it's charm somewhere along the way. All the more motivation for me to try to get back to some traditional media again.


Below is a little mock up of his studio set up. I felt like sitting down and playing with all of the materials.


 We lunched at Wagamama....


....followed by treats at Koko Black.......




What a fun day out!




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

On my desk


Working away on the new readers for Little Learners Love Literacy....

Sunday, August 10, 2014

UPPERCASE MAGAZINE


I FINALLY treated myself to a subscription to this fabulous magazine! I also splurged on a back copy package and my evening reading is set for the next few weeks! Pure Bliss.

So great to see so many fellow MATS students featured. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

WORK WORK WORK!

Wow - another month gone by and no blogging! I am still soooooo busy! Let's see if I can preview some of the madness going on around here!



First of all my BRAND NEW book was released this month! It's a follow up to the wonderfully successful book Wash Your Face In Orange Juice featuring songs from the one and only: Peter Combe. 

Obviously it comes with a CD of his songs too.

I really loved working on this one. It's full of more great characters and the colours really POP!











Another new release this month is this latest Ella & Olivia. (Actually the title was released as FLOWER POWER so this image needs updating!)






(I am sure I say this every time but this one is my favourite one in the series so far!)
I have completed another one and a half new Ella & Olivia books since this release, so it's great to keep this wonderful series ticking along!


I am also working on an exciting new (secret) project that has been taking up all of my time of late. I am really enjoying all of the new challenges that this project brings and it's allowed me to get a bit more 'hands-on' to create hand drawn artwork using markers and pens. Here's the tiniest teaser of some reject roughs!




What else?...I have more READERS underway....I work on these in lots of five at a time, so it's quite time consuming too. These latest batch of stories are particularly charming and have created some really fun illustration opportunities. (Am loving the snails at the moment!)







...and more?...I can't give too much away on this one either, but I have a series of kids activity sheets that I really need to get done soon too!...if only I did not HAVE TO SLEEP!



...and then there's my most important (and FULL TIME!) job. My gorgeous girls! Aren't they delightful?! 



So do you see why I don't get a lot of blogging time?...and I wouldn't have it any other way! I feel so lucky!

...oh and the Lilla Rogers Bootcamp assignments? A distant memory. Something had to give and unfortunately it was the course. I hope I can get back to completing some of the work in my own time. Lilla is also launching her amazing GLOBAL TALENT SEARCH next month. I would love to have a go at this one, (just for the experience) but I am really not sure I can squeeze it in!!! Maybe next year??!!...must go...more work to do! x