It’s finally here, my book ‘Monty + Sylvester: A tale of everyday superheroes’ is available to buy, watch out world!
I had a book launch party on Friday evening to celebrate and was joined by my lovely friends and family, the venue was Chapter One books in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, a fab venue that supports local authors with events and readings, they also sell amazing cake!
I got to practice my book signing but managed to take hardly any photos as I was too busy, I didn’t even manage to eat any cheese from the buffet, most disappointing!
Thanks to everyone who came and particularly a big thanks to Frances and Izzy from Hachette!
I have just about recovered from my trip to Bologna Children’s Book Fair, my 4th visit to the fair.
It was great to catch up with publishers and fellow illustrators, I celebrated The Bright Agency being 15 at their drinks party and had a meal with the Hachette children’s rights team and other author/illustrators. It was a great show, once again incredibly overwhelming, the sheer scale of the halls and the number of illustrators walking them is incredible. This year I felt I made the most of my trip for the first time, meeting with my publishers and getting to know them better. Also talking to other illustrators who were feeling equally overwhelmed! I’m still squeamish about getting my portfolio out for people but did at least show it to my publisher this time, better than last year when I didn’t even open it!
I saw my new book on the Hachette stand, which will be released in April 2019 and picked up a mini version of my superhero steps, made for promotion of my first book.
My work was also exhibited as part of the Silent Book Contest, my wordless book ‘Take one pass it on’ is one of 9 finalists, the winner will be announced in May and be published by Milan based publisher Carthusia Edizioni.
As the year draws to end it seems to have been rather a quiet one here. I have completed my first Author/Illustrated picture book, to be released in April and I am currently working on my second for Orchard Books, ready for Bologna Book Fair in late March.
I’ve also been working on some factual books for Redbird Press who have truly stretched my artists skills, I never knew I could draw Dinosaurs, Cheetahs and diagrams on how to survive in the Jungle. Turns out I just about can!
So as the year draws to an end in a few weeks here is a Christmas man I drew for my Agent: The Bright Agency, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year!
Some of my character designs have been shortlisted in the Self Initiated category at the World Illustration Awards 2017.
The characters, including a coin collector, trainspotter and tiddly winks champion were designed as characters just too boring to be included in any picture book!
I am currently working them into a fully formed picture book, a true tale of the underdog!
See the full shortlist here