Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Interview on Pikland

There's a little interview with my on Pikaland, where I'm talking about my work, my calendars in particular and the story behind them.
Thanks to Amy!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

October Desktop Calendar

Happy October! Watch out - here come the AnaRchY kiDs who've been using matches and cake knives since their first birthday and who've been secretly watching you change gears and use the gas pedal and can do it aLL bY TheMSelVEs!
(Seriously, this is what's called a spirited child!)

Get your free widescreen version of this desktop calendar HERE, and have a great October/Halloween/Day of the Dead!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

New York, New York

Here are some promotional pieces based on New York that I've worked on over the summer.
Researching the map for kids based activities was fun! I didn't know how amazing this place is for kids!
The children's book page is a from my book with Bloomsbury, called One Day, but in its original colour palette, I changed it to girlie pink in the final version due to character changes.

Weidenhof Map Illustration

Here are some illustrations - all part of a big outdoor map - that I've created for a holistic place offering animal assisted therapy called Weidenhof in the Black Forest in Germany.
Here, kids and adults can experience nature, animals (in particular horses), practice Yoga and learn about the environment. My map shows the variety of activities on offer: barefoot walk, bug hotel, herb garden, outdoor kitchen, willow woods, forest sofa, archery, etc. It's a charity-run back to nature kind of place that does a lot to support socially deprived or abused children, you can find more about it here:
Touched by Horses
Pferde Bewegen Menschen

Friday, September 25, 2015

Website Icons

Over the summer I've created some illustrations for friends and their businesses. 
My friend Emelie Hill Dittmer just re-launched her website and I created some illustrated icons for it. Emelie's a Swedish freelance journalist based in the UK and you can see her new website and brilliant work here.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Happy Autumn

Since autumn has arrived yesterday here where I am - here's a seasonal illustration from a few years ago...when health and safety and childproofing were not on our list of concerns yet :). I still do think a werewolf is a great costume for trick or treaters though!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Pablo's Travelling Notebook

Pablo's Travelling Notebook is now out, by Oxford University Press Australia!
Pablo starts sketching in his notebook but then loses it in the airplane cabin and other kids who find the journal add their own travel adventures to it. 
When I illustrated this book I was also preparing for a long distance flight to one of the countries featured - South Africa!
Here are some of my favourite images from the book:

Rainy Day - Highlights Hello

A little while ago I illustrated these rainy day indoor activities for Highlights Hello!
Here's the toddler boy and his mum with a range of indoor play ideas from Peek-a-Boo to storytime! Both a favourite in our home on stormy days!

Map Illustration - National Parks Magazine

Recently the National Parks Conservation Association in USA asked me to create a map for their magazine. It's about a 'Big Day' in the world of bird spotting, which means a small team has from midnight to midnight to identify as many bird species as possible in a given area. 
This team managed to spot 104 different bird species! 

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Acorn Creek Colouring Page

A paperdolls / colouring activity page: Here are Pando and Jørg from Acorn Creek to colour in, cut out and dress up! 

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Llama Pattern Collection

I've added a few more patterns to my Llama pattern, here they are in my Llama Mama collection!
I will add those to some products in my Society6 store, possibly leggings, pillow cases, iphone cases etc....

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

A Walk In The Woods - Map Illustration+Lettering

The film A Walk In The Woods based on Bill Bryson's book is due to come out soon, so the Appalachian Trail Conservancy asked me to create a map to go alongside an article on how to protect the trail. There's an increase in hikers expected who will be inspired by the movie.
Here's my map and also some lettering I created for the article of the summer issue of AT Journeys magazine.
Researching images of this trail was really exciting, I'd love to hike there one day!

Hello September! Desktop calendar

What happened to August and what happened to summer, anyway? It went much too quickly.
Here's my desktop calendar of this month, it's a scene of an adventurous childhood by the Mississippi Delta, where summers last almost the whole year...
Get the full version here.

Free for you to download to use as a desktop wallpaper calendar.
Please note that this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

New products + Free worldwide shipping

Enjoy FREE worldwide shipping on art prints, apparel, homeware and $5 off laptop sleeves NOW in my Society6 store. 

My print We All Love To Nurse (created by me in support of Breastfeeding Week) is now also available on T-shirts!

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

New Line Work - I Love Candy

Recently I've been doing a lot of sketching and doodling, for a new colouring project and also because I sometimes miss having a strong line in my collage style artwork.

I've been experimenting with different kinds of paper and pens and brushpens, I think Pentel are my favourite ones so far! 

These ones below are coloured in very spontaneously and digitally, for which I've used my handmade textures that I've painted in acrylics on various backgrounds.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

August desktop calendar

Hello August!
Here's my desktop calendar for one of my favourite months - August!
I hope you enjoy it!
Get the full imac desktop version here!

Free for you to download to use as a desktop wallpaper calendar.
Please note that this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Chalk Lettering and Nelson Mandela

Yesterday I felt like creating a chalk illustration and I still had an unfinished sketch of this inspirational Nelson Mandela quote floating around. Since it's about education I thought it's a great fit.
And I love chalk lettering, we use it a lot since it's toddler friendly...
Although the process of creating this finished piece was a bit different (and less messy).

Saturday, July 11, 2015

New work - Kids, Family and Red Riding Hood

Homework help, posting letters, first day at school, a school play, and Little Red Riding Hood - I illustrated these cute little stories for adi mps USA a while ago but never got around showcasing them. 

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Intuitive Parenting - work process

Today I was updating my online portfolios and came across an old illustration of mine which I need to share:
The family bed! This was a sketch for the German parenting magazine leben+erziehen, on a feature about intuitive parenting. I made a few sketches and a different one was chosen, I think the one where the mum listens to her instincts and lets her contended children play just a little bit longer (with hand puppets as below) rather than disrupting although it is already bedtime. 
When I worked on this I didn't know about family beds and natural parenting etc., so I was even more surprised when I saw this - I got the message back then I think!

Sharing the studio with kids - Part 1: Babies

This should be easy, right? Looking back now, it is in some ways but still far from what I've ever imagined it to be. 

So, I had my baby and I started working after 4-5 months when I was actually able to tell day from night again. I delved right into a huge commission which was the children's atlas by Carlton press. I was a bit nervous about it, but it went very well!

Here's how I did it:
J was happy to spend her days in a sling (a Manduca baby carrier), which made things easy. In there, she could feed on demand and doze off whilst I went for a quick walk around the neighbourhood before settling down for a few hours of uninterrupted work.
My studio had already been moved to my home during my first pregnancy, due to constant nausea which wasn't very nice on a 30 minute drive through London traffic.
For us, this worked and saved time and I like to have quick spontaneous sessions of creative work in between house stuff and baby things.
Staying flexible with working hours and getting used to the fact that there simply isn't any time left to reflect endlessly on unnecessary things anymore also helps. 
On the plus side I've gotten better at time management and efficiency whilst at the desk because quiet time is so precious and runs out quickly.

10 things I've learned and found useful:

1. Have a little sketchpad and pen on you at all times because you won't have time to go and sit down and find these things when an idea strikes you.

2. Also get sketch apps for phone and iPad! And notepad apps! (Like Inkpad Notepad)

3. Try to stay productive or at least in touch with the outside world via social and professional networks like fb, LinkedIn.

4. Have your phone on you at all times so in case you get trapped under a sleeping baby on a sunny summer's day you can at least write blog posts and things like that (maybe in airplane mode if you're worried like me) 

5. Get a soft style baby wrap where baby sits up higher and won't wake up when you sit down to work. Learn how to back carry so baby won't be in the way of the keyboard when she's getting bigger!

6. Still visit inspiring places like nature, museums, other countries etc.
Baby groups are an exciting new world full of baby yoga, post natal sling dance, baby swimming, baby massage, baby music, baby book club, messy play, soft play, sensory play and baby signing. We enjoyed those, but balance is important, too. 

7. Baby monitors are not an evil surveillance tool but are actually really helpful. After all, I got most work done when J was sleeping at night.

8. Don't fall into the trap of buying every kind of 'putting down baby' equipment. It's such a misconception that babies would happily sit or lie on a baby gym, baby bean bag recliner or swing next to you for a reasonable amount of time so you can get work done.  
Although I have heard of babies who apparently did just that, but that's the exception.
In my experience, sticking with baby wearing would have saved time and money as we always came back to that.

9. Be brief with unnecessary things.

10. Relax. And enjoy. Don't take on every single project. Because babyhood passes quicker than you can make sense of in your sleep deprived mind anyway, and after that comes toddlerhood!

Did I forget something? Sharing The Studio with Kid/s - Part 2: Toddlers will follow soon!