This weekend sees an illustration special take place at the Royal West Academy in Bristol. While workshops are taking place on Saturday, Sunday has a drop in experience where members of the public are free to come and see three illustrators in their work environment. People are invited to come along, see how they work, what they do, ask questions and if it takes their fancy, take part in some drawing. Alongside Bristol illustrator Lauren Tobia, two of FMI's illustrators will be taking part, Sean Julian and Donough O' Malley. See the above flyer for all the details and we hope that you can come along!
The longlist for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's book Award 2014 was released last week and FMI is very proud to see Elys Dolan's 'Weasels' has made it on. Having made it to the finalists for the Roald Dahl prize, it seems that these weasels are indeed hell bent on world domination. Elys is in good company with the likes of Jon Klassen, Oliver Jeffers and Julia Donaldson also making the longlist. The shortlist is announced is announced in March, with the winners announced in June. We are keeping are furry fingers crossed for these wonderful weasels!
Exciting news from Bee Willey as she will be taking part in the forthcoming 'Once upon A Time' exhibition organised by Colchester and Ipswich Museums. The show, which has it's private view on the 25th of this month, celebrates children's book illustrators from East Anglia. From the likes of Bill and Ben illustrators the Johnstone twins, Helen Oxenbury to our very own Bee, this free exhibition will definitely be one to bring the kids along to. The show runs until 4 May, and you can find out more details on the museum's website here.
We hope 2014 is kicking off to a great start for you as it is for us at FMI. To start the year off in style we are proud and happy to show you all, our brand spanking new website. Please take your time to have a good look here at some great work from our talented Illustrators. We look forward to bringing you more new illustrations and news through the coming year, both here on the blog and on the new site.
Wishing you all a merry Christmas from here at Frances Mckay illustration. We are taking a break until the New Year but we will be back with some more amazing work and posts for you. Until then, thank you for following us in what has been a great year, and we hope you all don't over do it on the mince pies, as we will likely do.