I'll be running a three hour character design workshop at the CYA Conference in Brisbane. I'll be talking about how to create expressive human and animal characters with verve and personality. This will be a hands-on intensive workshop, so bring your favourite sketching gear, limber up those pencil-holding fingers and prepare to work hard and have fun - and hopefully learn stuff.
I've decided to make more time to sketch randomly, both for Rest & Relaxation (because when you can't be on a beach on your own private island with an endless supply of Margaritas, sketching is the next best thing) and because it will, of course, help me get better at drawing. So, I came up with an entertaining way to fill one of those blank pages which didn't involve a lot of brainpower, and ended up juxtaposing some fairly strange ideas. I thought I'd share it in case anyone else wanted to try it. I call it "Handpainted Smithereens"
new illustration for the School Magazine
The Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators is staging an exhibition at The Brisbane Library "Journey of a Book: Celebrating Books from idea to publication", a series of glass cases in which authors and illustrators display paraphernalia from the process of creating one of their books - early drafts, letters to publishers, inspirational objects and images that first got their imaginations sparking
Right now I'm working away, illustrating the American Girl "Girl of the Year" books for 2013. I can't tell you anything about them, but I can show you the Girl of the Year books I did for 2011 - Aloha Kanani! and Good Job Kanani!