Someone Special was published last year, a fantastic therapeutic style resource book for parents and carers to use with children when somebody close has died. For more information see Someone Special on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
So it has been a while, life flies by in a dizzy whirl and there is a lot to catch up on! I’ve been busy with a number of projects which I will start to share over the next few days.
For over two years I have been working on English Sounds Fun, the fabulous brainchild of Dr Anne Margaret Smith and Anastasia Metallinou. It is the first teaching method designed for students with specific learning differences such as dyslexia, who are learning English as a foreign language. It is colourful and fun and already inspiring children to learn English with paper based, multimedia and tactile activities. Great care was taken in the design to make it both visually attractive and comforting to early readers as well as fun. I created the illustrations using mixed media digital collage, a great method for showing eggs with elephants, and city mice going to the cinema and many more unlikely combinations!
Do go and check out the English Sounds Fun website at http://www.englishsoundsfun.com.
Student Book 1, Ready…
Some of the little characters you will find inside.
An elephant on an egg:
An ant and an apple:
Ride a red rabbit:
Ziggy has now been published on Amazon as a Kindle book for children aged 4-8 years. Written by author James Hill it is a lovely series of stories told by Ziggy the dog as he settles into his new home. You can see some of my illustrations for the book earlier in this blog, and please go and take a look at the finished article on Amazon!
I have just finished a lovely commission to illustrate a children’s poem about an imaginary character who seems to be responsible for all those little disasters which occur in houses with young children. He is very shy, so you don’t get to see him, but he is certainly fun and a little bit cheeky.
I’m having lots of fun finishing my Prince Hyacinth illustrations. So, at this stage in the story Prince Hyacinth and the dear little Princess are in love, and they don’t realise that they are being followed by the wicked magician who is disguised as a mouse…
But then later the dear little Princess is trapped in a glass prison in the middle of the forest and is waiting to be rescued by our charming Prince. Here she is, but how will she ever get out?
Here are a few of the illustrations I am working on at the moment for a children’s book about a dog named Ziggy and his various adventures settling in to a new home and getting to know his family. More to follow…
A Tea Party
Ginger does it
The Easter egg hunt
The following are pages from a children’s book “Prince Hyacinth and the Dear Little Princess”, a story I have re-written from an old French fairy tale. I had great fun with this, I love fairy tales and I love collage and mixed media work so bringing the two together was a dream project for me. And it has a happy ending.