In the studio: World map colouring page!


So for the book launch (this Saturday!) we decided to do a giant colouring page. I played around with a few ideas – should I recreate the book cover? What about a giant book with dragons and stuff coming out of it? A pirate ship? A quote from the book?

I decided, eventually, on a quote from the book. It’s going to be displayed in the venue (the Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop) ย afterwards, so I didn’t want anything that would be too much of an ‘advertisement’ of my book.


Skimming through the book, I found a few quotes that I liked, and played around with composition a little. What would reflect the theme of the book, and suit a bookstore?

A few years ago, I painted a giant map. It was the first thing I’d painted since withdrawing from art school that I was actually happy with. It wasn’t perfect but it was good. I also painted a pirate ship and did some pirate drawings. I loved the notion of freedom and exploration, and that was the first painting I did just for me.

So I brought it together with the quote: “There’s so much world left to explore.”

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You’re welcome to download and colour this in – and I’d love to see the finished product if you do!


In the studio: Drawing, drawing, drawing!


So as the title says, my studio time has been primarily drawing. Lots of fun!

First is the giant colouring page for the launch party (in just over a weeks’ time). I’ve chosen a quote from the book and will be drawing a sort of pirate map around it. This will be for the guests at the launch to collaborate on, and will be printed at A0 size (about 85cm x 120cm), like I did for the New Lynn Christmas Market (see photos).

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Second is getting started on the illustrations for my next book. As many of you know, I’ve decided to illustrate this series myself, and have been playing with ideas. I’ll be drawing the illustration with ink pen, and then painting the colour. The idea, for each illustration, to have a focal foreground and a textured background.

All the images below are just trials, but I’m happy with what I’ve got so far ๐Ÿ™‚