Personal Arty updates in May – Progress with Ringo the Ringtail Possum and Tree Sketches

  LAst month I posted some pictures of sketch character developments for Ringo the Ringtail Possum and his Australian wildlife friends as I am on a mission to create a picture book for them.  This month I thought I would try a few sample images both with pencils and in digital form to get a […]

Personal Arty Updates for April

  So here is a run down of all the arty things I’ve been getting up to over the last few weeks… Firstly, I have been setting aside a lot of time for story and character development for Ringo the Ringtail Possum.  I would like to finally create a picture book for this cute little […]

Ringo the Possum returns home from the CYA Conference

This weekend I went to the CYA Conference (Children and Young Adults Writers and Illustrators Conference) here in Brisbane. Thanks to Tina and Ally for organising. It was great to be able to network and meet fellow creatives, and to also be able to talk to publishers and published writers/illustrators.   There were also a variety of workshops to attend to […]

I, the Old Duke of York, attended ‘Timeless Rhymes with Mark Carthew’ tonight..

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 […]

Picture Book Workshop with Katherine Battersby

Last weekend I travelled over to Toowoomba to take part in a one day Picture Book workshop with author/illustrator Katherine Battersby.  Katherine is the creator of the adorable little Squish Rabbit picture book series, and as I could relate to creating cute little characters I knew this would be a workshop truly inspiring. Katherine had put […]

Judy Horacek talk at State Library Queensland

A couple of weeks ago I went to a talk by Judy Horacek at the State Library.  Judy Horacek is a childrens picture book author/illustrator and cartoonist.  It was extremely interesting and beneficial to hear from her how she got to where she is and to see a range of her cartoons and picture books. […]