Sunday, 7 June 2015

Retrospective


Moving to a new studio (eventually!) has made me look back on all the projects I have completed at Abinger Cottage. My first published books and many illustration commissions were created in my tiny second bedroom or on my renovated gate leg dining room table (that I'm about to put on eBay!).
It will be hard to leave the house where my characters were born; where Ember Fury's conversations with her invisible friend in a WW2 bomb shelter made me giggle 'til my sides ached; where I punched the air when Verity Fibbs escaped from two miserable goth assassins by driving over the Millenium Bridge; where Esther Armstrong and her brothers broke my heart and made me cry for hours. 
More recently, that (solid oak, great condition and yours for 99p) dining room table was where Jo Cotterill and I worked out some of our early ideas for ELECTRIGIRL, our exciting new collaboration (published Feb and Aug 2016 by OUP).
All this nostalgia deserves a retrospective, so here are the last 12 years in pictures...
...Ember, Ned and Finn set out on their 'adventure' (EMBER FURY, Headline 2009)...

...JP, Rip, Psycho and Taz about to get a serious fright (SCARLETT DEDD, Headline 2010)...

...JP and psycho making horror movies...

...My first three girls (with HEADLINE), Em, Scar and Vee...

...doing festivals (meeting Sarah McIntyre and many other author pals at Hay)...

...Northumberland National Park 2013...

...Esther making me cry (EVERYTHING IS FINE AND OTHER LIES I TELL MYSELF, Headline 2013)...

...and surfers in peril...

...Joe and his dangerous sketchbook (GRAPHIC, Barrington Stoke 2014)...

...Illustrating for some of my fave author friends like Karen McCombie (Barrington Stoke 2014)...

...twice (HONEY AND ME, Barrington Stoke 2015)...

...Michaela Morgan x4 (STAR SCHOOL, Edition Didier)...

...Melvin Burgess (PERSIST, Barrington Stoke 2015)...

...and my brilliant ELECTRIGIRL co-creator, Jo Cotterill.

More tomorrow...