Animals in Jumpers…Free Colouring Sheet to Download

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.

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A short story (sort of) in pictures…

A series of illustrations I made in my sketchbook last week.  They may develop into a story. In the meantime, read the text and make up the rest yourself..

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Prints

Just to let you know I’ve added two new prints to my shop.

‘Eloise’ and ‘Hare’ are printed in long lasting giclee inks on fine quality paper, from original watercolour and pencil paintings by me. They are a limited edition of 100 each and sell for £18 plus postage. (Note: if you require international postage please contact me, or wait a few days as I will be adding it shortly.)

 

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The one I forgot to post on Christmas Eve…

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This is my “Merry Christmas!” post turned into a “Hope you had a Merry Christmas” post.

When I drew this illustration I was busy wondering what the story behind it was. Then I was lucky enough to have it included in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators advent calendar.  (Click on the link to view all the other wonderful illustrations in the calendar.)  As well as a splendid Christmas picture everyday from a different SCWBI illustrator, writers were able to create a micro story to go with each image  (You can read these on the #W&PAdvent hastag on Twitter.)   …and so… I got a few stories to to go with my drawing. 🙂

Thanks to Pippa Wilson, Jake Hayes, Janey Robinson and KM Lockwood.

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I’m growing rather fond of these animals…I also drew them decorating their tree:

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I wonder what they will get up to next?

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You can find out about the marvellous SCWBI here.

Wishing you all a very happy, peaceful, prosperous and much drier New Year.

Love Jools X

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#memorydoodle

A few days ago I was relaxing with a beer and my feet up after a hard day’s drawing, pen and sketchbook at hand and I started to doodle a little chair…halfway through I realised it was a chair that used to be in my grandparents’ house, so I drew me sitting in it reading a big book.

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I posted my doodle on Twitter and Instagram. People seemed to like it and it sparked off a lovely idea in the ever fertile brain of my friend, Dom Conlon, which was to get people doodling their memories and sharing them. 🙂

So…if you have a memory to share, doodle, add a little text maybe, post it on Twitter with the hashtag #memorydoodle  or address it to @headfirst_dom so that he can share it on his Inkology website.

Read all about it and take a look at what other people have drawn here.  You don’t need to be an artist or even good at drawing. Here’s Dom’s effort:

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(I don’t think he’s as bad at drawing as he claims though.)

 

Fatwans (or further fun with my Rotring pen)

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I have been drawing a lot with my growing collection of Rotring pens lately.  A lot of bears and cats and pug faces.  I thought it would be interesting to try an actual pet portrait.  Fatwans kindly agreed to be my guinea pig. (Obviously Fatwans is neither a pet nor a guinea pig, but a rather beautiful cat with her own Twitter account. Follow her here.)  I’m reasonably pleased with the result.

It looks better in real life, I haven’t quite worked out how to scan pen drawings without the lines dominating.  Tips welcome 🙂

Hardback (with cat).

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Sunday lolling in the conservatory with the cat and a good book.  ‘Astro Poetica’ in hardback.  It’s so nice to hold it’s putting a big smile on my face. The cover is shiny black and silver.  It has a couple of extra poems and illustrations and if you’re quick you’ll get a piece of free art (by me) when you buy it.

You may have noticed that Leo modelled for one of the illustrations.

 

 

Astro Poetica

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This lovely thing landed on my doorstep last week. 🙂  ‘Astro Poetica’, a volume of charming poems about space written by Dom Conlon, with some pictures by me.  It’s full of love and fun and aliens and planets and solar systems..and I managed to sneak my cat in there somewhere too.

As well as being a rather beautiful, nice to hold thing ‘Astro’ is the first time I’ve seen myself in print.  And, by gum, I think I look rather good.  (My work, obviously. Not actual me.)  I’m immodestly pleased with myself.  And with Dom.  I think we did good.  And to think, when Dom asked me to illustrate it I said “Don’t you think you should ask someone who knows what they’re doing?”  I’m pleased he ignored me.

I think children will love this book.  I hope they read the ‘Things to Think’ and ‘Things to Do’ sections and write some poetry of their own.  I have a child on loan at the moment, so I’ll be testing it out later.  I know adults will like it, because I do and I am one.

‘Astro Poetica’ is published by Inkology. If you look here Inkology.co.uk you’ll find lots of free and lovely stories and poems for children. You can follow @InkologyStories on Twitter as well.

You can get a copy of  ‘Astro Poetica’ from Amazon. It is also available on Kindle from Amazon or for your ipad from itunes and there is a rather lovely limited edition hardback version, which has extra content (also on Amazon).