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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

First Chapter Book & The Wombatnapping of Wolly

Character roughs of the protagonist.

First Chapter Book

Recently, I started character roughs for an adorable and humorous chapter book coming out in 2018. This will be the very first chapter book illustrated by me and it is my very first project with Wombat Books. More will be revealed next year, closer to the release date.


The Wombatnapping of Wolly

Shortly after signing the illustration contract with the lovely Wombat Books, Wolly showed up on my doorstep. Thank you Wombat Books!

I was really touched by this warm and cuddly welcome into the Wombat Family.

Wolly feels right at home.

Unfortunately, our dog was a little jealous of all the cuddles Wolly was receiving from our daughter, who was sick with the flu at the time. While my daughter left Wolly on the couch because she just had to show me the longest snot string ever, (which was dangling precariously from her nostril to the end of her outstretched arm, holding the tissue), our dog nuzzled the door open and Wombatnapped Wolly!

No Wombats were injured in this photo.

Meanwhile, my husband was nearly knocked down the stairs by a tan and grey tornado as it whooshed past. Luckily, he managed to rescue poor Wolly before any damage occurred.

Wolly teaching our dog a few manners.
'Sit! I am your master.'

As it turns out, Wolly's quite the bossy little wombat. 

He's made it very clear that he likes to oversee my work and he tricks me into doing things that I'd rather not do. Like clean up my desk.

'How do you know what colour your desk is under all those papers, folders, books, hats, skipping ropes, chocolate wrappers and sticky notes?' Wolly asked.

'I don't,' I replied. And then I started to wonder what colour my desk was. I had to clean it up.

And that stare he gives me while I'm procrastinating on Facebook or Instagram too long.

It's intense isn't it?

Oh my! What skinny legs you have Wolly.

I'm beginning to think Wolly's not a real wombat.

Friday, September 15, 2017

That Christmas Feeling is almost here!

Finally, for some actual News from the Studio...

As I mentioned before, I have recently completed illustrating a picture book called, That Christmas Feeling, written by Lili Wilkinson. Allen & Unwin will be releasing this heartwarming Christmas story on the 1st of October 2017.

Here's one of my advance copies. I'm so excited!!

A warm family story that will give you those special Christmas tingles.
Dottie is waiting for the Christmas feeling to arrive - that fizzy, excited feeling, where everything is a bit magical. But this year, Dottie, her brother, Jem, and their dog, Shortbread, are staying with Grandma and Grandpa. Grandma and Grandpa are trying hard, but Christmas just isn't the same...

A gorgeous, heart-warming story about misplacing the Christmas spirit, and finding it again.

More on this to come.. book launch and other book event details, a video of me illustrating the front cover and a children's Christmas activity... so watch this space!

Here's one of the internal sketches...

Dottie's brother, Jem, trying to bring a little Christmas magic to Grandma's & Grandpa's.

And for some other News from the Studio...

I'm currently illustrating a chapter book (my first) and will post more on this next up!