The Christmas Rabbit, a story about the Easter Rabbit who helps Father Christmas out, and becomes the Christmas Rabbit for a day. Published by Cadeau, Germany.
Elisabeth, Elspeth, Betty and Bess, All went together to seek a bird's nest. They found a bird's nest with five eggs in. They all took one and left four in.
Once upon a time the Easter Bunny stubbed his big toe on a chair (very painful) and was unable to deliver all the Easter eggs. He was in a real tizz about it until his family (rather a large one) gathered around to help him out. But with out the Easter Bunnies magical abilities how would they be able to deliver all the Easter Eggs? - their solution was to create the first Rabbit Air Force ( the R.A.F. for short).
So this Easter if you see choccy eggs falling from the sky you know why - and you know that the Easter Bunny has stubbed his big toe again.
Festive jollity to everyone from Jane and her cat, Celeste.
Have a jolly Festive Season, and a fabulous happy New Year!!!
The two characters that have made it onto my Christmas card this year are from a picture book story I am currently developing about possessive friendships.
Algy Craig Hall
"That looks painful!" said Penguin.
A piece of concept art for a picture book about the magic of Christmas.
http://www.fidgetandco.com/ Latest poster to download for free, in time for the holidays... The Adventures of Dr Fillie Fidget and Hamish the Dog.
Happy Christmas all!
The north wind doth blow, And we shall have snow, And what will the robin do then? Poor thing!
He’ll sit in a barn, And keep himself warm, And hide his head under his wing, Poor thing!
This is a little booklet I made in the style of a medieval woodcut chap book, illustrating the Christmas story of Babushka, for those not familiar with it....
I recall this story being read on Jackanory one December long long ago on the TV, and it had such an impact on me a child, and it has stayed with me ever since.
Often mistakenly thought of as a traditional Russian tale, this is really an Italian tradition, alive and well, with the children there receiving gifts and sweets down the chimney on January 5th from La Befana - a kindly old woman with a broomstick - they are threatened with getting lumps of coal if they misbehave.
After much digging around researching the origins of the 'Russian' tale, I read that it was actually an English woman visiting Russia in the early 1900s, who coming across a published version of the story and was not aware it was a translation from the Italian to Russian, as she subsequently translated it to English thereby becoming responsible for creating the myth in the west of the Russian Babushka story! The basic story was not however lost in translation!
I hope you enjoy the little tale as much as I did all those years ago: along with the notion that a kindly hardworking woman is responsible for the mysterious gifts in your stocking on Christmas morning and not an old man with a big beard and muddy boots!!
Season's Greetings, Happy Christmas and all good wishes for the New Year from everyone at Frances McKay Illustration.
Bee Willey’s illustration for Macbeth opens our celebration of all things All Hallows’ Eve.
Check out my Pumpkin fairy and others, part of a growing family!
May your Halloween bee full of wintry sparkles!
Monsters are hiding everywhere, as the little hamsters Mini, Paul and Max find out in their adventure "Hamster Monster", just published by North/South in Zürich, Switzerland. Three little hamsters are tired of being called cute and sweet - so they decide to be scary, but they get a reaction, which they don't expect...
"The Conference of Scary Ghosts" a cover for a Young Fiction title, published by Arena, Würzburg, Germany, written by Amina Paul. A child is sent to spend the holidays at his uncle's house, a castle, where not everything is what it seems.
Here's a raven I drew for the RSPB's 'Wingbeat' Magazine, which illustrated an article concerning why we associate certain human characteristics with particular animals and birds.
And here are two spooky characters I drew for a book pitch a few years ago, or is it three characters I can spot?
This is an illustration of The Black Skull from a young fiction story I am currently developing - 'The Mysteries of the Magic Map'.
Algy Craig Hall
A while ago I had an idea for a story about a group of witches that gather together every fortnight to exchange spells and broth recipes, learn new witch-crafts and have topical conversations about all things related to being a witch. The group was going to be called the Witch's Institute or W.I. for short.
One of the Witch's laws was going to be that if you did too much dark magic, bits would start to drop off. So if you ever see a witch with a carrot for a nose - be wary!
This is literally hot off the drawing board, work in progress for Little Tiger Press, an extension to the Gift Book range that I illustrated for them a few years ago, this will be book number 7 in the range, "Thank You Teacher."
I love drawing kids all dressed up for any occasion, especially Halloween, and no matter witch sort of Halloween you have I hope it's FANGTASTIC!
Here in Germany Halloween has become more and more popular. I drew these pictures for myself and my son, Anton. When Anton was small the pictures had to be mostly funny because he was afraid if they were too dark and mean.
I did the last illustration a few weeks ago; I read quite a scary story but I kept in mind that although the children were afraid they were also fascinated by what they would see when they walked further on.
The next night came: Hallowe'en. Most people stayed safe inside their houses with their doors tightly locked. But not Janna.
When all her household was fast asleep, out she crept again, into the darkness. She followed the path the cold moon showed her, a silver path that led straight back into the enchanted forest.
From 'The Enchanted Forest' by Rosalind Kerven
Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ is about three orphans who are placed in the custody of their distant cousin, Count Olaf, who will stop at nothing to steal their inheritance. This was a personal project.
The Milo Adventure cover is about an Angry Druid who rises from the grave! This cover was commissioned by O’Brien Press.
Hansel and Gretel at Halloween!
This is one of two images I made to accompany the chapter entitled 'Abandoned Children', in 'The Golden Age of Fairy Tales', by Jack Zipes published in 2013. The numerous old stories on this theme are truly gruesome but at least in this one the children triumph! Although the other image was published, I think Gretel despatching the witch to cook in her own oven has more of a Halloween feel to it!
Illustrator James de la Rue has a friend who wants to join in the fun!
And Jane Eccles is, well... a bit batty!
Wishing you a fun and spooky Halloween, and more than a few treats, from everyone at Frances McKay Illustration.
I am busily making things for a pre-Christmas sale as part of a small group of local artists and craftspeople in our market town in Hampshire. I have produced several pictures and my latest venture is hand made fridge magnets and badges.
I wanted something easy to cut out into shapes and I chose balsa wood, upon which I stuck original drawings and cut around - miraculously no injuries either. A very thin coating of PVA to protect (I tried matt and gloss clear varnish but I was not happy with the finish) then the edges sanded and the addition of tiny magnets and brooch pins stuck on the back with silicone glue.
Jane Eccles tackles some tricky customers, and comes out on top.
I have set myself a challenge. In between jobs and whenever I get the urge I am sitting at my desk with a piece of Bristol board and drawing the animals which I've never attempted or been asked to draw before, using only black ink and grey ProMarker. Here are the results so far:
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.