Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award

Quick post here about the Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award which was announced last night.
Winners are here:
There's some good stuff there.
Illustrators whose work I've come across already are -
Claudia Boldt, who I met v briefly at LBF last year,
Chris Haughton, who does great stuff, lovely colours.
Viviane Schwartz, whose cat books are fab.
And Sara Ogilvie, and Kevin Waldron and Levi Pinfold.

But I must say I do think they are very well chosen cos I do rate all of them very highly, there's some really inspiring, marvellous work there.
Well done all :)

Friday, 4 March 2011

Hamble, Felix, Elsie, Ernie

Well, I was sketching out characters, and these two popped up.

Hamble and Felix Hamshanks.
Hamble dines exclusively on strips of salted beef and lemon juice, her husband Felix, subsists on whisky and dried prunes.
And here they are.
I think if I need a couple of baddies, these two might be it.
They make a dastardly living stealing pet rabbits, making them into slippers, and selling them to rich clients.
The dastardly cads.


Would it be ok to feature them in an illustration aimed at early readers, to go in my portfolio, or are they a bit too creepy, OR, would it be a good thing to vary my portfolio with them even if they are a bit creepy?
Do you think they would they be suitable for children's books as they are, or should I make them a bit more charicatured and fun?
Any thoughts would be welcomed :)

Below are two slightly more friendly looking old characters, this is Elsie Hotterpoppercot, and Ernie Bramble.
Elsie makes the scones, Ernie makes the jam.