New post at Picture Book Den

About how my illustration technique has evolved etc. Including a dodgy video. . .



Stuff and things and things and stuff. .

I’m having an ebay posting fest right now. I have what I guess you could call a comics ‘collection’, all of it in boxes in the garage. As I haven’t looked at any of it in years hardly, I decided to declutter and sell it if I could.

I’m starting with the American comics I accumulated in the late seventies. Not sure why really as I am not a great fan of American comics generally. I did grow quite fond of the work of Jack Kirby however, he has a simple dynamic style and takes strange liberties with the human figure, not always successfully to my mind ;-).


So I spent a fair bit of time photographing around 100 comics (just for starters!) bringing them into Pshop and saving as jpegs. I’ve put about thirty or so on ebay over the last few days and have sold about fifty percent, so I’m quite pleased. I will be doing this for the next few months at this rate though. . . At least I get to recycle all the Amazon packaging and jiffy bags I hoarded for just such an eventuality!

Apart from that I’ve been hacking out rotten wood from a window frame and making good again. . . making a wood panelled wall effect using MDF and those thin edging strips you get from DIY shops. Looks bloody good actually ;-). Sorting out all the accumulated free copies of my books that were in boxes in the attic in order to give them to Primary Schools locally, putting up shelves in my studio to put the rest of them on, taking some crap from out of the garage down to the dump, putting bits and pieces on freecycle and getting the car MOTed.

So nothing creative to blog about.

So here’s a drawing of a cat.


Bologna by the skin of my teeth. . .

Phew. I spent a pretty frantic couple of days last week getting a project ready for my main publisher, for presentation at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, which is either imminent, already happening or just happened, depending when you read this (it happens sometime around the end of March) . OK, big deal, you say, all illustrators do that. Yeah, but this was for an idea that was only semi worked out and wasn’t even on the radar for publication as far as either myself or my publisher was concerned the week before.

Feeling somewhat dejected that my small stack of picture book ideas had been turned down, and pondering the rough drawings I had done for one of these rejects, thinking that there was something there worth pursuing if only I could bring it to the fore. . . I sat down with my trusty notebook and slowly but surely wrestled it into the shape of something much more solid and joined up. So much so, that I emailed it back to my publisher as I know he liked the drawings and the basic concept. He liked it, and after a short pause, sent me an email saying

‘Decide on a title and I need a cover by tomorrow – OK? Don’t you love this business?’

(the catalogue for the book fair was being printed next day!) Talk about getting in under the wire!

So, the rough dummy  of my possible next book will be doing the rounds at Bologna. Let’s hope it gets a good response.

News flash. It made the cover of the brochure. Nice. . .

it might just be about a cat. . . .


World Rights Boxer Books.