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Showing posts with label children's illustration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label children's illustration. Show all posts

Friday, 2 August 2019

Tigers on Vaseline!

Moving on from my previous post for International Tiger Day here's another tiger on vaseline thanks to inspiration from the great Dame David Bowie!

Hang on to yourself!

You want more book covers for non existent (as yet) books? Go here!

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Don't Shout At The Lions Lionel!

Never raise your voice at big cats. This is unnecessary & invariably rather dangerous. Another in the series of 'books I haven't quite written yet'

Thursday, 7 March 2019

World Book Day 2019

Happy World Book Day 2019 !
(but spare a thought for some of the less popular days too World Cook DayWorld Rook Day, World Crook Day

Spread the love & happy reading!

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Love Your Pet Day!

Surely Love Your Pet Day shouldn't really be necessary? Isn't that the WHOLE POINT of having a pet? Anyhow...

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Laura Norder - Sheriff of Butts Canyon PUBLICATION DAY!

Laura Norder - Sheriff of Butts Canyon, my third collaboration with author Guy Bass for Barrington Stoke is published today, Friday 15th February
In this pun-tastic & funny Western adventure Laura Norder lives her life by the Golden Rules and so should everybody else. But being Sheriff of Butts Canyon at the age of ten is a big job to handle, and when a no-good rule-breaking bandit causes chaos in the town, enough is enough! It's time for Laura to step up to the plate and catch the masked mischief-maker before he breaks any more of her rules!

This was a great fun book to work on & I particularly loved visualising all of the subsidiary characters like Tad Tipsy the drunk bartender, Walter Spitty the town scruff & Mort L. Coil the undertaker.

You can order it here or even better, pop into your local bookshop & pick up a copy




Thursday, 18 October 2018

Matt Millz Stands Up - PUBLICATION DAY!

Matt Millz Stands Up the second book by Harry Hill about the experiences of a young stand up comedian is published today Thursday 18th October.
As before Harry's text gave me lots of scope to create new characters & to indulge in the odd bit of surreal nonsense too (which as anybody who's followed my career will know is a particular favourite of mine!)
'Matt’s TV performance seems to have given him the fame that he had always dreamed of: There are reporters camped outside his house – he’s suddenly in demand! But as the novelty wears off and Matt struggles to get any new gigs, it’s not long before he begins to doubt his friend and manager Kitty Hope. Would the stylish Excalibur  Agency turn his fortunes around? And could Matt ever bear to push Kitty aside?'
You can order it from here or even better get down to your local independent bookshop & get it from there! 







Thursday, 9 August 2018

Pet Defenders 6 - Invasion of the Giant Nits

The sixth & last instalment of the Pet Defenders series by Gareth P Jones & me is published today (9th August) Order it at your nearest book shop or you can buy it online from here

The Pet Defenders Code: 1. The safety of Planet Earth depends on you. 2. Humans MUST NOT know the truth. GOOD LUCK – you’ll need it…

Biskit and Mitzy are confronted by a large alien spider who plans to destroy the planet. Worse, she has an army of nits that she can enlarge with a blast from her own invention: the Relativisor. She can also shrink things with it – and suddenly Mitzy is the size of a louse and clinging to Biskit’s head. Can the Pet Defenders stop the nits ripping the Earth apart? It’s a head-scratcher!

These books have been an absolute delight to draw, they're smart, funny & occasionally fairly disgusting, ALL the good stuff really! I'm going to miss Mitzy & Biskit!





Monday, 30 July 2018

Happy 80th birthday to The Beano!

Happy 80th birthday to The Beano! I loved it as a kid & was extremely honoured to add my own contribution in the form of the 6 Diary of Dennis The Menace books written by Steven Butler for Puffin Books. Huge fun to add my own spin to some of these iconic characters!


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Noah Scape - He Can't Stop Repeating Himself - publication day!

'Noah Scape - He Can't Stop Repeating Himself' by Guy Bass with illustrations by me is published today by Barrington Stoke. I previously worked with Guy on Aiden Abet Teacher's Pet

'Noah Scape loves dinosaurs and spaghetti with tomato sauce. But Noah doesn't always get what he wants and when school doesn't revolve around dinosaur facts and lunch isn't always his tried and tested favourite, well... enough is enough! It's time for him to stop wishing and to decide on exactly what he needs; a world full of Noahs!'


(I can honestly say, I don't think I've ever drawn so many versions of the same character in one book - probably a record on my part!)

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Imagine Children's Festival with Harry Hill


I had great fun at the Imagine Children's Festival at the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 17th February with the very funny Harry Hill promoting his new book 'Harry Hill presents Matt Millz' illustrated by me.

Harry entertained the crowd with an hour of jokes, clarinet-playing mayhem & a joke contest, while
I was live drawing onstage - everything from dancing cucumbers, comedians' eyes to how I draw Matt Millz. I also discussed how my childhood obsession with drawing, dinosaurs & Doctor Who helped my decision  to become an illustrator (I realised I couldn't be a dinosaur when I grew up & I'm STILL waiting for the Doctor Who call!)

Afterwards we signed (lots of) books & posed for lots of selfies with the kids (I just about have the feeling back in my signing hand now!)

(Many thanks to Iain Sawbridge from The Beano for compering & saying some very flattering things & Hannah Love from Faber for all her hard work)
 My very own dressing room!
Drawing dancing cucumbers



Thursday, 8 February 2018

Revenge of the Atomic Burps publication day!

It's publication day for the 4th in the Pet Defenders series 'Revenge of the Atomic Burps' written by Gareth P Jones & illustrated by me & published by Stripes. It's another great inventive & funny read (& some of the pictures ain't bad either!) You can buy it here




Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Harry Hill presents Matt Millz at the Southbank this half term!

I'm very excited to be sharing the stage with Harry Hill & the Beano for this Matt Millz event on Saturday 17th February on the Southbank!
You can buy tickets here...

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Nearly Summer!

Well, not quite, but here's a glimpse of June from the Arena Illustration 2018 calendar featuring Noah Scape by Guy Bass & me which is published on March 15th by Barrington Stoke

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Matt Millz by Harry Hill published today!

Comedian Harry Hill's new children's book Matt Millz is published in hardback today by Faber & Faber it's chock full of illustrations by me.
It's a very funny semi-autobiographical story concerning the eponymous hero & his first attempts at becoming a stand up comedian with the help of his best mate Rob & his manager, the diminutive Kitty Hope.

It was a great project to work on for me as I was given a lot of freedom to illustrate pretty much whatever appealed to me in the text, so I read through & earmarked anything that particularly made me laugh - Matt's mum's performing dog show 'The Dachshund Five' was a particular favourite which BEGGED (no dog pun intended!) to be illustrated...
...and WHO could resist drawing a chimpanzee riding a wildebeest?!!?*
*The answer is no one. No one can resist drawing a chimpanzee riding a wildebeest, this is SCIENTIFIC FACT & I will fight anybody who disagrees (probably)
Matt autographing somebody's dad's bald head.
Kitty Hope - Matt's teeny tiny manager.
Squirrel toupee for headmaster Mr Pavey.
Matt on the T-Factor talent show
(NB don't try this at home kids!)