Tuesday, August 30, 2011

*insert some kind of lion pun in here* A Roaring Great Post, perhaps?

I forgot to put my lion character sheet up, alongside the colour piece yesterday. Not surprising, since we are talking about a day during which I managed to burn my tummy with the steam from a microwave meal. THAT is the level of success I expected from yesterday.

Not to worry, mind; I shall post today, kindly ask you to view both posts together, forget what you've just read... and NO ONE shall be any the wiser!!! (Not quite sure about the punctuation there. Feel free to re-assemble that sentence as you see fit!)

Have also (for your enjoyment only) stuck a fox up a tree... TWICE, no less!!! Mainly because I haven't quite finished the image yet, and I'm not sure which I prefer.

I thank you. Good day!

Monday, August 29, 2011


... I finally remembered that idea. Turns out it wasn't GENIUS!!!

... But it might still be useful... *strokes chin, thoughtfully*

Sunday, August 28, 2011

A dog day afternoon...

... well, morning, actually. It's 5.28am to be precise. And I can't sleep. I have one, single, stuffy nostril, and it's ruined the flow of my, 'Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz's'. Currently they're more, 'Zzz-insert noise like a balloon being deflated beneath a medium tog duvet-zzz.' I'm sure you can appreciate the difficulty.

And, to top it off, I've just remembered I had an idea for a story the other day, which was absolute GENIUS!!! I know it was GENIUS!!! because I now can't remember for the life of me what the jiggins it was! I have an empty little gap in my brain, be-decked by red, velvet curtains, which still echoes with the cheers of close-to brain cells. Honestly, I do. If only I could remember that idea, you'd all be gobsmacked- GOBSMACKED, I tell you...

... But I just... can't... remember...

Anyway, that's pretty much sealed the deal on sleep. So...

... here's Jam instead.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Twit taaa-woooooo!

More feathery fun for the weekend.

I shall now go and hoover the stairs. Such is my rock n' roll life-style (don't try this at home, Kids!)

And, remember; dogs, foxes, and babies still to come! Same bat time, same bat channel!

Saturday, August 20, 2011


... you came back!

Have a coupla kiwi's for your troubles!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Heaven's to betsy...

... I need to put up more work. Here's Higgins the reindeer.

What else? Well I think, since waking up at 5am yesterday, I'm slightly delirious, but this completely unrelated clip cracked me up.

What can I say? I have to admit sleep deprivation doesn't treat me well...

Also, it's been a while since I've done a book recommendation, so I think everyone should read this. (And don't worry, I read it before I fell out with the sandman).

Stay tuned folks, for; fox, owl, dog and baby illo's over the next few days!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Thistley Hough Summer Book Fayre

Recently, I got to spend a fantabulous day amidst a wonderful bunch of people at the Thistley Hough Summer Book Fayre, in Stoke.

Thistley Hough High School had taken it upon themselves to celebrate books of all types. I feel incredibly lucky to say I was one of a handful of book people invited to take part in such an important event.

In the morning, I had a splendid time with year 10 and 11, doing character workshops. The work each student produced was hugely impressive. Though the outcomes were so wonderfully varied in style, each took to character design like many creative ducks to water. It was exciting to see how bold they all were, and it made me think I need to loosen up again in my own work.

I confess, I ran the risk of instant humiliation. I almost shed a tear (or two) of pride when all the students spontaneously decided to stay in over their breaks to finish their designs. They also asked their teacher if they might start up an illustration club next term! I really could not ask for a better compliment *beams with immense joy* and I can't wait to see the work they produce then.

In the afternoon, I was introduced to 60 primary school children, in a huge, big-top tent. All the kids were incredibly patient and enthusiastic, despite good ol' Blighty providing the ever predictable, torrential rain, lapping at the sides of the tent.

I'd like to thank; all the students that took part for being bleedin' brilliant, (you honestly all made my day) Kirsty Hicks and Holly Hartley (their amazing teacher's), and Claud Everest and Zac Barrow (for the extra help, and the marvellous write-up). It really was a thoroughly cockle-warming day (whatever 'warming one's cockles' actually means!)

On a serious note, I was gladdened (but not at all surprised) to see that the students rose to the challenges of the book festival, and that there seemed to be lasting positive effects long after the the big-top had departed. After a week of riots in the UK, (largely involving young folk) it makes me more convinced than ever that there needs to be more links between; industry, community, and schools- especially secondary schools. Students need to see their dreams (whatever they may be) in action. They need to believe that there CAN be a bright future out there. Surely we need to be increasing; time, energy, and most importantly, funding into these sorts of ventures. Education isn't just about 1+1 and long-dead authors. It's certainly not about targets. It's about life, and living, and as soon as that's understood, perhaps we can REALLY move on.