In my quest for knowledge on creating Picture Books I attended a talk tonight by author Mark Carthew at Brisbane’s State Library, facilitated through May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust.
Amongst all of the illustrations, words and poems that Mark presented and sang to us, I spotted illustrations for ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’ with soldiers wearing tall hats. As York is my hometown I felt a little sentimental and wanted to illustrate myself wearing one of these tall hats and being the Grand Duke of York myself 🙂
Thanks to Mark, May Gibbs Trust and the State Library for once again fuelling my inspiring, motivation and knowledge.
House hunting in a big new city isn’t easy. We needed maps – maps of the train lines, maps of the bus routes, maps of the ferry routes, and maps of the roads. I eventually tracked down a nice compact road map. Being a small city boy of York and Canberra I was used to maps fitting on one A3 size piece of paper – but not Brisbane – you needed to collect about 8 A3 seperate maps in order to piece together the entire area! Where do you start looking first for a house to move into?
We eventually did find a nice townhouse. It was all spacious and sparse as we had yet to have any of our shipping or furniture deliveries. So as I was sat in the corner with nothing but my sketchbook I envisaged a few little local helpers helping me to move in!
It was nice to see these cute little critters almost everywhere we went. I drew these two when we walked at Askham Bar Nature Reserve in York.
The one below, like quite a few others, were nestling themselves into curled up dead leaves, which I understand is their little bed for hibernation.
When going for a jog around the park in York it was great to see nature all around me.
But when you jog along side the River Ouse, suddenly herds of cows become hurdle practice!!
From my daily encounters with kangaroos and other Australian beasts in Canberra, I was going to miss being surrounded by wildlife when I was back in the UK. But when I was out and about in York’s local parks, I did spot a few squirrels rummaging around, and there was something quite kangaroo-like about them sitting on their back legs and bouncing around!
This one was sheltering in the tree in a typical UK summers wet day.
Good news this week – Minster Man is now for sale in Travelling Man (York and Newcastle branches).
Get your copy today of York’s hero!