Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Letters from the Trenches

This week I did a school workshop at the amazing British Postal Museum and Archive in London after a fascinating tour and talks by the archive staff where we were able to look at actual letters sent during WW1. I found out from the experts all the things I got wrong in EVERYTHING IS FINE AND OTHER LIES I TELL MYSELF, i.e. Freddie's letters would probably have been sent in 'honour' envelopes and been censored, or were not letters at all but postcards!!! I know where to do my research next time!  :)

Friday, 11 July 2014

London Film & Comic Con

It's the first ever Young Adult Literture Convention (YALC) this weekend, part of London Film & Comic Con. It starts TODAY! I'll be there tomorrow and can't wait to find out if it's anything like the Comics Convention I described in my book VERITY FIBBS. Life imitating art, or what?!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Pop Up Essex!

Q: If your sketches came true, what would you draw?
A: A lottery winning zombie and Justin Beiber getting guillotined by the Queen, obviously! 
Well, that's according to year 6 pupils at Tudor Court Primary. I visited their school yesterday as part of POP UP ESSEX and, not only was the building (and number of pupils) MASSIVE, but their welcome was too. Thank you everyone for inviting me and for being so awesone at writing tweets to Amelia and Edgar, drawing, colouring in and asking me why I hate Christmas! ;)

Monday, 16 June 2014

Portraits

I've been quite busy with illustration projects and have been neglecting this blog a bit. Now that most of those projects have gone to press (publishing dates to follow) it's allowed me to focus on some more personal stuff. I completed a picture book proposal (which now needs some additional work) and I've been getting on with my next YA novel (aiming to get a completed manuscript off to my agent by August).
But that's just afternoons! In the mornings I've been painting...
Mostly portraits like these. 
So, I thought you might like to follow my progress.
Here is today's portrait...
Come back soon and I'll show the completed portrait.