children’s book illustration

I wanted to do a post about some of the recent picture books I have brought. The picture book industry is so exciting right now, and I am enjoying adding to my collection  with some great author/illustrators. Things that strike me most often are the simplicity of the pages, and the end paper designs are often as exciting as the illustrations in the books too (note Jon Klassens I Want My Hat Back).  I hope to add Owen Davy’s Foxly’s Feast and Knight Night to the collection soon. Here are the covers and a few of my favourite spreads from some of them. Enjoy!



Today, I completed what has been about 8 weeks worth of work for my Illustrating Children’s Books course. Having already made a small book called ‘A History of Cats since 1985’, and a few character ideas for a bear called Spectacled Henry, I wanted to create a complete kid’s book with a story.
The finished book, called, ‘Hello! What’s This?’ is in fact a 16 page illustrated book about an Owl that discovers something unusual. Printed on to card, and folded to make a super long concertina, that folds into a cover, it’s a simple story aimed at the picture book market. I look forward to presenting it to my tutor at my last lesson tomorrow and I hope I can get a complete picture showing all the pages soon. 


The other week I managed to win (to my surprise) the weekly All Tropical competition with my Cat on a Mat design. This week I have a new design up of my Tiger, and he needs your votes and comments and sharing ability on all social networks! You can do this by clicking HERE.

Also, I have been working on my 3rd brief for my Children’s illustration course, and have come up with a simple picture book of an owl, called ‘Hello! What’s This?’ Here is a single page preview of it:

I am really enjoying coming up with stories and images appropriate for kids and my friend who is a mother too, said she liked the sound of everything I was doing, which has to be a good start 😀


Actually, It’s Lion and Tiger and Bear and it’s my new Limited Edition 8×16 Print. Inspiration has been a bit thin on the ground and I am thankful I am doing Children’s book illustration as a course right now, as it has given me the courage to explore character illustration more. My new print is available to buy for just £15 at my Etsy shop. I hope I can continue to explore more characters which I can bring to you soon.