It's been a while since our last post here at FMI but what better way to return than with a very apt post from a top scribbler, Sean Julian. What with Father's day just gone by, as also the Jubilee weekend (and should I mention the weather?) Sean's post is a very relevant one about his new book 'My Dad!'
It's that time of the year again when the great and good in British Illustration pop up in the A.O.I's 'IMAGES' annual. Judgement on number 36 is out soon, while IMAGES 35 recently had it's private view in London, where the various awards in different categories were dished out. Work to appear in the annual is jury selected, so not every Tom Dick and Harry can get in, and subsequently the standard is always high.
Well we are happy here at team FMI to say that we have had not just one, nor two, but three people manage to get into the hefty tome. And if that wasn't enough, some of them even got a number of illustrations into it.
Just as I am gluing the word “end” on the final page of “A Frisbee to Fly”, the latest of Secret Seed Society books, I was very excited to hear that they have been featured on the Guardian as the “buy of the day”!
I was at the Bologna Book Fair around seven or eight years ago and as usual I spending time looking at all the illustrators work in the exhibition. Which incidentally almost never has any work by UK illustrators. But I will save that blog for another time.
The exhibition is large and has work from illustrators from all over the world. The good, the bad and the beige and brown. Very few stand out for me, but that year Henning had his Greg the Sheep illustrations in the show. I was immediately struck by them, colour, vitality and humour as well as great execution.
When I got home I contacted him fully expecting him to be based in Germany, but found to my delight that he was living in Bristol. So we arranged to meet when I was there next and well I am still delighted to represent Henning. I still love Greg!
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