Sunday, 30 April 2017

Mariann Maray

Mariann Maray is a Hungarian illustrator whose work 'Traveling on the Whale Bus' was selected for the Illustration exhibition at this years Bologna Children's Book Fair. Her work for me is very culturally interesting as it reminded me of Indian miniatures with its busy scenes, bright, bold colours and animals.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Narges Mohammadi

Narges Mohammadi's illustrations from the Illustration exhibition at the Bologna Children's Book Fair' These illustrations have a wonderful mix of modern techniques with traditional illustrative style that has a subtle contemporary quality.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Pawel Pawlak III

Pawel Pawlak's monochrome works from "13 tales from the Kingdom of Lailonii for big and little folk", which were exhibited at the illustration exhibition at this years Bologna Children's Book Fair. The illustrations are created with black and white pencil and acrylic.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Ana Sarvira

The wonderful work of Ukranian illustrator and designer Ana Sarvira called 'No Adults' exhibited at this years Bologna Children's Book Fair . What joy these crazy arms out of proportion arms give me.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Cristóbal Schmal

I am going to be sharing more works from the illustrators exhibition in Bologna. These collaged works are by Cristóbal Schmal a Chillian illustrator based in Berlin.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Adolfo Serra

One of the illustrators selected for the Illustrators Exhibition at the Bologna Children's Book Fair this year was Adolfo Serra with his delightful collaged displays of insects.

Because of the flat display of the works this year they were incredibly difficult to see and indeed photograph, due to the reflections and shadows, so please excuse the quality of the photos.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Noemi Batllori

Noemi Batllori's illustration 'El Animal Mas' written by Pere Juan simply and effectively illustrated with stamp prints in bold colour combinations. This book is about an ant believing he is big, realising that there are many creatures much bigger than him.

Saturday, 22 April 2017


Never work with children and animals, so the saying goes, but Oh! they make it so worth while. This week I have been painting a mural for my friend's daughter. The working conditions . . . have been tricky at times.

But a birch tree forest has emerged, with birds and animals, fungi and insects, gold leaves and stars, and there has been a very appreciative daily critique to look forward to when school is out.

Great fun to hide little secret elements like shining leaves, bees, snails (and slime) for later discovery to.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Sophia Han

This is an illustrator found on the Illustrators wall at Bologna, her name is Sophia Han who is based in Anyang, Korea. Her work is very varied and has been used extensively commercially. These images are from her children's book, 'Into the Forest'. I like the variety of line and texture but also the contrary layout of the bottom image. 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Natascha Durley

As ever, for me, it is the energy and impulsive drawings that capture fun and joy, and so I love these sketches of Tortoises by Natascha Durley who I found on the illustrator's wall in Bologna. Natascha's current body of work is collaged gatherings of animals and birds, which are repeated into patterns. Her inspiration being gathered from natural history museums, aquariums, and country walks.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Pigeons I

I have been working on a new book since returning from Bologna and the start of this process has been many sketches and sheets of pigeons. As I love birds this is not a difficult task, it is a joy, including going out early in the morning armed with bags of corn to tempt them ever closer. 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Mariane Rivoal

These images are from French illustrator and printmaker Mariane Rivoal's book; 'Three Peas' of 2012. It has beautiful monotone textures with happy splashes of green in the joyous peas exploring their world.