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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Olympic Facts #2

Ok, we just got a silver medal in equestrian thingies - as I remember showjumping was on the telly ALL OF THE TIME* in the early / mid seventies - FACT!

*Apart from when the creepy test card girl was on

Olympic facts #1

At the 1900 Paris Olympics they used live pigeons for the shooting event. 300 birds were released and Leon de Lunden won gold when he shot 21 of them. 

(surely London 2012 definitely missed a trick here - certainly give old Nelson a break?)

(from Fitter, Faster, Funnier Olympics: Everything You Wanted to Know About The Olympics But Were Too Afraid to Ask - by Micheal Cox, A & C Black Publishers Ltd)

Monday, 30 July 2012

KAPOW! FREE Superheroes in Newham!

Get your capes on! If you're a Newham resident you get FREE entrance to the Discover Children's Story Centre until Sunday 12 August - including the Superheroes exhibition I illustrated & designed for! How good is that?

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Olympics for TFL

Breaking all the health & safety rules known to man for TFL's in-house (station?) magazine (now will you PLEASE stop those annoying Boris announcements on the buses?!?)

The Summer Reading Challenge - Story Lab

Here's some more of the Story Lab artwork I produced for the Reading Agency's Summer Reading Challenge which launched across UK children's libraries on July 14th 2012 - (click to enlarge as usual - there's lots of little details on this one!)

Monday, 16 July 2012

The Summer Reading Challenge

I spent a couple of months at the beginning of the year creating all the characters & scenarios for print and online illustrations and animations for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge – STORY LAB – for The Reading Agency, whose aim is to to get kids reading books.
The Campaign, launched on 14th July has wide press and TV coverage and is featured in UK libraries this summer encouraging kids to read 6 books over the summer holidays.
Here's a few pieces from the campaign

The Economist - Eclipse of the PLC

Ruminations on the difficulties of the public limited company for The Economist magazine (I know, I just draw the pictures. my old man was an Economics lecturer though, does that count?)

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Cartoon Kid is July's poster boy!

I'm July's poster boy for my agent Arena Illustration's calendar - illustration was commissioned by The Times for their Campaign For Fun which searches for the most fun school in Britain*.  It features characters from Cartoon Kid, the series by Jeremy Strong, published by Puffin Books which I'm about to begin illustrating the 5th in the series - yay!

* It definitely wasn't the one I went to.