This story came about after a very upsetting meal out that I had one Sunday. To cut a long story short, due to health issues, I have lead a very restricted diet, and sometimes when I go out to socialise where food is involved the situation really gets to me, and then I had an idea . . . . !
Finally after nearly two years or is it three, I have finished School for Princes, by Jamila Gavin, to be published by Frances Lincoln. These are stories based on the Panchatantra, ancient texts of wisdom from India, involving animals. Here are two of the line drawings I have done for the animal tales included in the book.
These spot illustrations are for my book with Orchard Press called Where's Violet; The project is going slowly, which as you all know can be frustrating. However, I am concentrating my efforts on drawing children with their pets. I have always enjoyed the idea of a child with an animal side-kick and this book is right up my street.
I've just completed my first project with Frances which I'm chuffed about. I'm happy for two reasons, firstly it was a project I got after only an hour of signing up with Frances, and secondly because the book I got to illustrate is such a good read. The work involved black and white chapter headings and some 'clue boards' for Emma Kennedy's novel 'Wilma Tenderfoot and The Fatal Phantom'. This is the third book in a series published by Macmillan. The first two books are called 'Wilma and the Case of the Frozen Hearts' and 'Wilma Tenderfoot and the case of the Putrid Poison' and were both illustrated by Sylvian Marc. I hope Sylvian isn't too dismayed at my take on his existing characters. All three books do stand alone as novels in their own right, whilst at the same time there is a rather good narrative arc throughout the series. If you want to read them all, and you haven't read the first two yet, the timing could be just about right as The Fatal Phantom hits the shelves this November.
Thanks for reading about the new boys efforts, I will always try to do better.