Another poem from the forthcoming book by Julie Anna Douglas. We hope you enjoy this and the accompanying free to download worksheet.
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Proof copies have arrived and are looking good!
The book will be available to buy in a few weeks. Also look out for the free downloadable worksheets to accompany the book, which I will be posting on this site.
It’s nearly here…….
Here’s a sneaky peek at a new children’s poetry book, by Julie Anna Douglas, that I’m currently illustrating.
It’s a whole lot of fun to draw and I can’t wait for you to see it and read the super poems.
Here’s ‘The Reading Dance’:
Last week I visited two exhibitions of illustrators’ work. The first exhibition was at Mottisfont Abbey 7th July – 2nd September 2018 of original illustrations from ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ and the Mog books. The exhibition was organized by Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books
Great to see the originals of these books that my daughter grew up with. Admiring the simplicity of Kerr’s characters and the very expressive faces, feeling of movement and ‘catness’ she achieves. Much more simplified characters than Kathleen Hale’s (which I have been looking at this week).
He’s such a kindly looking tiger. I’ve just noticed how the stripes over his eyes give him eyebrows.
The short film of Judith Kerr at the exhibition was interesting. She showed her sketchbooks and talked about drawing things a lot of times before she got them right. She also mentioned drawing tigers from life at the zoo and using the internet to find images when she needed to draw tigers yawning (as the real ones don’t keep still with their mouths open).
Shopped. Bag and postcard images are from “The Tiger Who Came to Tea.” (Kerr, J. 1968). “Bombs on Aunt Dainty” (Kerr, J. 1975). My photo.
(Above) Doorway image from “Mog the Forgetful Cat” (Kerr, J. 1970). My photo.
A lovely exhibition if you are anywhere near. Got home and listened to Judith Kerr on Desert Island Discs, which is available on iplayer if you’re in the UK.
The second was Edward Bawden. Dulwich Picture Gallery. 24th May to 9th September 2018
I went to see this exhibition yesterday. I wasn’t very familar with the work of Edward Bawden but several people recommended (raved about) it.
The range of work was beyond what I had expected. Some of my favourite pieces were the large lino prints of Brighton Pier and of Lindsell Church. I loved the large amount of black and strong overall feeling of these.
In contrast to these were finely drawn copper plate etchings and delicate watercolours. I loved his use of collage. The Map of Scarborough was another favourite.
A new favourite artist.
This week I’ve been drawing animals in jumpers…
…using pen, coloured pencil and watercolour pencil. I thought they would make fun brooches..
I’m going to use the images for prints and cards and a few other things. The brooches are available on my Etsy shop, BearsGetCrafty. Also, as they I enjoyed colouring them in so much, I thought I’d share the fun… Click here to download the colouring sheet.