Friday 31 May 2024

Four new novelty books published! Book four 'Bug World'

 The fourth book in the series is entitled 'Bug World'.

This book tells the story of three children discovering lots of wonderful insects and the mystery and richness of the biological world. Pick up the magnifying glass and guide your children to explore the mysterious, magical garden! 

This book teaches children  to understand the principle that humans must coexist and prosper with nature, and to inspire curiosity about natural science. 

I painted this book in watercolour, using salt on certain areas to get a beautiful textured effect on the soil. 

The books can be viewed and purchased here!




This little boy doesn't like insects. The other children do!


They see the red door which leads to a beautiful garden.


They use their magnifying glasses to spot all of the tiny insects.


The children become 'giants' in the magical insect world!


Spotting more insects!


More wonderful insects at the pond.


The children are now more interested in all of the wonderful insects...including the boy who wasn't!

Four new novelty books published! Book three 'Dragon Hunting Master'

 The third book in the series is entitled 'Dragon Hunting Master'.

This book tells the story of  a little girl called Wendy who doesn't like to wear her glasses. This causes many inconveniences in her life. Upon entering the magic garden she puts her glasses back on and uses her keen observation skills to find many beautiful animals...and the golden dragon! Ability is more important than appearance, give full play to your strengths and show your personal charm, you are the most dazzling! A guide to teach children to think positively and get rid of flashy mentality.


The red door opens to reveal a magical garden which leads to a beautiful forest land.


They spot a large rock with a bear beneath the flap.

They spot a waterfall with a ram beneath.

They spot a fir tree with a snow leopard beneath. 

They spot a large leaf with the magical golden dragon beneath!


Back at the park, Wendy is wearing her glasses again.

Thursday 30 May 2024

Four new novelty picture books published! Book two - 'Sophie's Hat'

 The second novelty book in the series is entitled 'Sophie's Hat'

This book tells the story of a little girl called Sophie who's hat gets blown by a gust of wind into the top of a very tall tree. The task is to bring it back down with the help of her friends....good teamwork!

The books can be viewed and purchased here! 


The red door opens to reveal a beautiful garden pictured below.


The book cover opens here.



Sophie's friends are narrating the story to the left. Along comes a giant, who cannot reach the hat. The page opens to a top gate fold to reveal the tall tree.



An elephant comes along to help, but cannot reach the hat. The page opens to a top gate fold.



A giraffe comes along to help but cannot reach the hat. The page opens to a top gate fold.



They all have a brilliant idea to build a 'bridge' for a tiny mouse, who once scurries up the giant's arm, the elephant's trunk and giraffe's neck, can now reach the hat! The page opens to a top gate fold.

To the left side of the page, a small tray was added with a miniature version of the story! (To see this mini book, please see interior views at the top of the post). 

Four New Novelty Picture Books Published! Book one - 'Africa's Great Surprise'

Hello! I am happy to say that my novelty picture books which I worked on back in 2020 are now published and I am delighted with them! Published by Little Asus. You can take a look at the website and online shop here! They are beautiful board books printed in Chinese for young children. All have novelty elements like lift the flap, gate fold pages, sliding features and even a magnifying glass! All of the covers have glossing on the front and back which looks beautiful. 

The books are part of the 'Steam' series. Twenty books were published in this series and each artist had four books. Please see below for my four books in all of their glory! 

I worked with watercolours throughout the four books.

This book is entitled 'Africa's Great Surprise'

This tells the story of three children discovering the sights of Africa and all of its animals. The moral here is to cultivate self confidence and self identity. To teach children not to feel inferior or arrogant, and to explore your own strengths and uniqueness. 




The two above pages are one continuous page with a half gate fold to the right.


The red door opens to reveal a beautiful garden.



These two pages are one long continuous page with left and right gate folds.





The above page opens to a top gate fold to reveal the huge tree.



The above page opens to a top gate fold to reveal the elephant.


The mobile phone here, has a sliding mechanism with a tab which can be pulled to make the pictures move. (See photo of interior view above)

Below are the small illustrations I made to go inside the phone!

Wednesday 22 May 2024

New Greeting Card Designs!

Hi! I have been working on some illustrations for greetings cards recently. My agents at the Bright Agency set a really cool brief to create new pieces inspired by the works of famous artists. Below are my new designs!

'Dancing with the North Winds'
Christmas Card
Inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh
Gouache
'Along for the Ride'
Christmas Card
Inspired by the work of E H Shepard
Watercolour

'The Decorated Tree'
Christmas Card
Inspired by the work of Antoni Gaudi
Gouache and Brusho


'The Sun will Dance upon your Wings'
Wedding Card
Watercolour and Brusho

'The Bread is Baked'
Christmas Card
Inspired by the work of Wes Andersen
Watercolour

'Homeward Bound'
Christmas Card
Inspired by the work of Wes Andersen
Watercolour