Sunday, 23 March 2014

Scribblemania 103

This year I am delighted to be part of the 2014 Pop-Up Festival.
Only a couple of weeks before we kick things off at Coalbrookdale Museum in Ironbridge, Shropshire where you can come and help me turn useless nothings into spooky somethings !

Go HERE to find out more and download the programme.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Scribblemania 102

I was tidying the studio a bit today and came across these works in the plan chest.
All three images are from Dust 'n' Bones - Ten Ghost Stories

Grab yourself a copy here:      Dust'n'Bones

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Scribblemania 101

Publishing Heroes

Number 1 :  Emma O' Donovan - THE BOOKSNIFFER  

I thought it was about time I started to flag up a few people in the children's book industry on here.
In particular those who I have worked with and who have been a great support to me and my work.

As I publish this particular piece, my good friend Emma, who you will also know as
The Booksniffer, is leaving her current Marketing Managerial role at Templar Publishing and heading
out into the world of freelancing as a consultant on all aspects of the picture book.

Here she is in Roald Dahl's famous chair !

I got to know Emma when she looked after me in the Marketing department at Hachette. I'm surprised she still speaks to me after I flogged her repeatedly and made her slave over all my bookmarks and
postcards but here she still is, sharing my work online, giving my work great reviews and being a top buddy.

Emma will now be available for independent professional help in all aspects of the industry. I wish her well as she embarks on what I know will be a great success for her and I know she is already in big demand.

SO... whether you are a publisher seeking professional, external input, an illustrator seeking a route into the industry, an established author/illustrator in need of social media training, a school or library service needing picture book advice, or you just want a good old chat about books go right here and do it now!

                                                          Good Luck Emma

(with a nod and a presumptuous thank you to the lovely @Benji_Davies for the use of the artwork)

Monday, 10 February 2014

Scribblemania 100


  Pirate selfie

It's my 100th blog post and what could be more fitting than to flag up my latest exhibition.
Those lovely people at Calderdale, West Yorkshire have adorned the walls of the incredible Bankfield Museum with my Piratical scribblings.

There were over 350 people on the opening event and I signed books for almost two hours. Thank you to all the enthusiastic buccaneers who came from near and far to see the work and buy a book.

A special thank you goes out to Calderdale Museums and in particular the lovely Jeffrey Andrews.
His enthusiasm, support and help has been fantastic.

Thank you also to another special person. Frances Andrews taught me when I was at Middle School. She was one of the only people to have encouraged my drawing and show support for my work from an extremely young age. And all at a time when I found school a really difficult place to be !
I am DELIGHTED to still be in touch and be working with her as she continues to teach and inspire other children.

Frances on the left   Captain Mould on the right

Roadside advert

Inside the Museum

 Pirate pics

The amazing Bankfield Museum

Up to press we've had 1220 visitors to the show and all in a very short space of time.
So don't just sit there reading this nonsense, get yourself down there and see what all the fuss is about.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Scribblemania 97

             'ere. The Templar Books Paper Watch Auction is now up and running so if I were you I'd get over there and check out the amazing array of affordable delights on offer and pick yourself a spiffing timepiece asap.

In case you'd forgotten, it's all in aid of Breast Cancer Care so you'd be making a donation at the same time. Please take a look here

This is my contribution and I've added a few development drawings which I'll include as a giveaway for the succesful bidder on my particular watch.