Sunday, 19 May 2013
Saturday, 4 May 2013
Yesterday was an exciting day because copies of the 'Illustrated Book of Quotes and Sayings' finally arrived! Its nice to see my zoo illustration in a book. I'll be toting copies around London next week, hopefully finding a few nice new homes. Its a super cool book, show casing Falmouth Illustration students. Everyone should buy a copy. :-)
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Hi Bloggers! I thought it was about time to post my latest picture book, incidentally the last book of my degree. Dum dum duuum!
I had fun making this one. It sounds cheesy, but I found writing it came naturally. Although I should probably add it is only 50 words long. The story stars a small, quiet, borderline obsessive-compulsive cat called Mini and a large, loud, undeniably mucky pup named Max. They have their ups and they have their downs, but despite all their differences they still remain the best of friends. Life is a bumpy road, right?
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Friday, 19 April 2013
Want to hear something pretty darn scary? I'm now in my last ever term at uni.
I've somehow managed to pull together everything a budding illustrator might need:
I think I'm just about ready to do this thing!
Stay tuned for more info about upcoming exhibitions and design shows...
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Sunday, 7 April 2013
Hello Bloggers! Last week I went to my first ever book fair. For some reason I decided to jump in at the deep end and went to the ginormous Bologna Book Fair, no really, it was genuinely huge. Prepare yourself for a monster post...
It was the 50th annual fair, I have my suspicions that it may have been even busier than usual. The fair took place over 4 days and 6 big warehouses. I felt as though I walked for miles, and I probably did. Maybe its all a ploy to keep Illustrators fit and healthy?
This year's guest country was Sweden and there was a small exhibition of Swedish Illustrators. I ended up buying the accompanying Illustrators index - one pricey book, but definitely worth it. The fair was a real eye opener into the larger world of children's books and illustration. It was also interesting to experience the commercial side of illustration.
I went with my talented Illustrator buddies Annaliesse, Martha and Kate, and we bumped into the lovely ex-Falmouth students Laura and Matthew along the way. We were also lucky to stay with some great Authors/Illustrators in our little hostel. It was nice knowing a few people, especially for moral support.
When you enter the fair, after a short queue*, you're confronted with a wall completely plastered with Illustrator's tear sheets, posters, post cards, business cards and general contact details. I managed to squeeze in a few of my own tear sheets and business cards. I wish I'd taken more promotional material, its the prime time to whip it out.
* You'd be lucky! The queue for the fair is massive. Top tip: Make sure you pick up your tickets before hand.
After a little shameless self promotion we headed off to try and catch a few art directors. Everyone was busy talking business, but I was lucky enough to steal a bit of time and managed to talk to some Publishers and Agencies. It was the first time I had shown my portfolio, having only pulled it together a week before hand. It was super useful to get feedback, advice and opinions on my work. It really made the trip worthwhile. I will definitely be making some sneaky alterations to my portfolio before my final degree hand in.
In the evenings we explored Bologna, ate pizza, ate pasta, drank fine wine and even finer hot chocolate. Turns out Bologna is a beautiful city and home to some scarily wonky towers. We found this amazing book shop, it was jam-packed with good books, although unfortunately I didn't have enough euros to buy any. Maybe I'll go back one day when i'm rich... I particularly liked the look of Gustavo Super-Caribu by Magali Le Huche.
I have to admit, I did a bad-naughty, and took some secret snaps at the fair - sshhh!
My Name Is Elizabeth! - Annika Dunklee / Matthew Forsythe
All in all, Bologna was an experience and a half - and by the end of it I swore I never wanted to see another children's book again in my whole entire life, but it only took a few days recovery to change my mind! I'm glad I went, and I'll definitely be going back.