The short list for the Roald Dahl Funny Books Prize 2013 was announced last week, and we here at Frances Mckay Illustration are happy to shout out that the wonderful Weasels by Elys Dolan has been shortlisted for the award.
This writing and illustrating malarkey seems to be sending me hopping around the globe these days. I was lucky enough to be asked to go to Istanbul at the end of January and it was an opportunity I could not have missed. A week in a bi-lingual school doing presentations and workshops to Turkish children learning English as a second language.
As we fly headlong into the new year I am developing the artwork for a new (yet to be titled) series. I took the decision to try and put some strip artwork in there. I wanted to integrate text and words a little bit more and play with layout. It’s taking some doing but I think it will be worth it in the end.
The story is set in a place called Hangman’s Hollow. Far from anywhere else in a frozen landscape where thick woods grow up around a walled city. The city is at war with the forest. Things emerge onto the streets at night. The forest people want to claim the city as their own and children are outlawed in these parts. But one small boy manages to smuggle himself in there one winter’s night without knowing what awaits him and the series is all about his dark adventures as he desperately makes his way to safety.
I’ll be keeping you posted on how the series is progressing but in the meantime here is a taster of some of that artwork.