My latest picture has arrived - ‘Bear Can’t Sleep’ written by Marni McGee and published by Little Tiger Press is out on 10th September 2015.
It’s a bit of a departure for me as the illustration style in which it is painted is not my usual one. Known predominantly for my opaque acrylic painterlyness, I was encouraged by the Little Tigers to apply the acrylic paint in a looser way to take advantage of the line work produced at the design stage.
I had to learn a whole new set of skills, buy an A3 printer from Argos and spend several happy months illustrating by the seat of my pants.
The plot of the book involves a scooter, a grumpy bear, a thermos flask, some blueberry and onion sandwiches (there was some snails in the sandwiches too, but they were reprieved at the last minute), some needlecraft, lots of jam, underwear and an accident prone hare.