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Showing posts with label children's illustration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label children's illustration. Show all posts

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Imagine Children's Festival with Harry Hill


I had great fun at the Imagine Children's Festival at the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 17th February with the very funny Harry Hill promoting his new book 'Harry Hill presents Matt Millz' illustrated by me.

Harry entertained the crowd with an hour of jokes, clarinet-playing mayhem & a joke contest, while
I was live drawing onstage - everything from dancing cucumbers, comedians' eyes to how I draw Matt Millz. I also discussed how my childhood obsession with drawing, dinosaurs & Doctor Who helped my decision  to become an illustrator (I realised I couldn't be a dinosaur when I grew up & I'm STILL waiting for the Doctor Who call!)

Afterwards we signed (lots of) books & posed for lots of selfies with the kids (I just about have the feeling back in my signing hand now!)

(Many thanks to Iain Sawbridge from The Beano for compering & saying some very flattering things & Hannah Love from Faber for all her hard work)
 My very own dressing room!
Drawing dancing cucumbers



Thursday, 8 February 2018

Revenge of the Atomic Burps publication day!

It's publication day for the 4th in the Pet Defenders series 'Revenge of the Atomic Burps' written by Gareth P Jones & illustrated by me & published by Stripes. It's another great inventive & funny read (& some of the pictures ain't bad either!) You can buy it here




Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Harry Hill presents Matt Millz at the Southbank this half term!

I'm very excited to be sharing the stage with Harry Hill & the Beano for this Matt Millz event on Saturday 17th February on the Southbank!
You can buy tickets here...

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Nearly Summer!

Well, not quite, but here's a glimpse of June from the Arena Illustration 2018 calendar featuring Noah Scape by Guy Bass & me which is published on March 15th by Barrington Stoke

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Matt Millz by Harry Hill published today!

Comedian Harry Hill's new children's book Matt Millz is published in hardback today by Faber & Faber it's chock full of illustrations by me.
It's a very funny semi-autobiographical story concerning the eponymous hero & his first attempts at becoming a stand up comedian with the help of his best mate Rob & his manager, the diminutive Kitty Hope.

It was a great project to work on for me as I was given a lot of freedom to illustrate pretty much whatever appealed to me in the text, so I read through & earmarked anything that particularly made me laugh - Matt's mum's performing dog show 'The Dachshund Five' was a particular favourite which BEGGED (no dog pun intended!) to be illustrated...
...and WHO could resist drawing a chimpanzee riding a wildebeest?!!?*
*The answer is no one. No one can resist drawing a chimpanzee riding a wildebeest, this is SCIENTIFIC FACT & I will fight anybody who disagrees (probably)
Matt autographing somebody's dad's bald head.
Kitty Hope - Matt's teeny tiny manager.
Squirrel toupee for headmaster Mr Pavey.
Matt on the T-Factor talent show
(NB don't try this at home kids!)







Thursday, 12 October 2017

Matt Millz on BBC Breakfast




Harry Hill reading from his new book Matt Millz on BBC Breakfast today with lashings of lovely illustrations by me!

Monday, 18 September 2017

The Night Knight

My second collaboration with the brilliant Timothy Knapman The Night Knight is out now published by Oxford University Press. I previously illustrated Silly Name For A Monster for Tim

When Jake is woken by odd noises at night & is scared the Night Knight appears to help but will the Knight help Jake or will Jake end up helping the Knight?
You can buy a copy here




Monday, 11 September 2017

Cover reveal! Matt Millz by Harry Hill

Here's a look at the cover for comedian Harry Hill's new book Matt Millz which I recently finished illustrating.
I had great fun illustrating this hilarious story of Matt Millz' attempts to become the youngest stand up comedian in the world & will reveal more when it's published (promise!)

It's published on19th October by Faber & Faber & you can pre-order from here

Thursday, 7 September 2017

This Book Isn't Safe!

I recently produced some illustrations for YouTuber Colin Furze's first book 'This Book Isn't Safe!' published by Puffin.
If you've ever wondered how to make concrete shoes? Or how to build your own downhill trike? Or how to tidy your room in three seconds using a lever? Then this is the book for you!






Thursday, 10 August 2017

Escape From Planet Bogey published today!




Get your tissues at the ready because today sees the publication of Escape from Planet Bogey the third of the Pet Defenders series by the hilarious Gareth P Jones & illustrated by me. 
There's six books in total so this is the half way point of the series. 

The Pet Defenders Code: 1. The safety of Planet Earth depends on you. 
2. Humans MUST NOT know the truth. 
GOOD LUCK - you'll need it... Animals are disappearing from Nothington-on-Sea and the Pet Defenders suspect alien activity.
Secret agents Biskit and Mitzy find themselves caught up in the Planet Bogey Games.
Biskit suspects the contest might hold the key to finding his missing partner, Champ.
Can our heroes win the game? And what's more, can they get back home after?
You can order online it from here or even better get down to your local bookshop & get a copy from there!
As you can imagine I got through a fair amount of tissues during this extremely snotty job!





Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Beards From Outer Space - published today!

It's BEARDAGEDDON! Beards From Outer Space the second in the Pet Defenders series by Gareth P Jones & illustrated by me is out today May 4th published by Little Tiger Press!

'The Secret Life of Pets meets The X Files - Pet Defenders are secret agents with a difference.
The humans of Nothington-on-Sea have no idea their sleepy seaside town is a hot spot for space invasions, and it's up to secret agents Biskit and Mitzy to keep it that way.
So when an army of alien beards arrive, the Pet Defenders need to act fact...If the Beard King gets his way, soon every living chin will be under his control'

For the making of this book I undertook some dangerous excursions into 'peak beard territory' by sitting in various fancy coffee shops in the badlands of Shoreditch & Dalston et al to risk life & limb by sketching various beards in their natural habitats to bring you the hirsute illustrative glory of this book. I hope you appreciate the kind of risks an illustrator like me selflessly exposes myself to on a regular basis to bring you these artworks!

 






Friday, 21 April 2017

Superdad's Day Off

 Superdad's Day Off by Phil Earle with illustrations by me is out now published by Barrington Stoke.

"Stanley is a normal little boy, whose dad just happens to be the greatest superhero on the planet. Six days a week, Dad saves the world from disasters, aliens, and bad guys. Friday is his day off and he always spends it with Stan. But one Friday, Dad and Stan meet a series of people desperately in need of Dad’s help! Soon Stan finds himself saving a lion stuck up a tree, rescuing a monster truck from a ditch and taking on shark-infested floodwaters. That’s right: Stan is a chip off the old (superhero) block!"

Was an absolute blast to illustrate & I'm pleased with how well it's come out, here's a few bits & pieces from the book.