Very happy to introduce this bunch! They'll be embarking on adventures around Westminster Abbey as part of its brand new family trail. It's going to be launched this Saturday as part of the Abbey's action-packed Family Day. If you're in London with little ones then come along!
I'm brimming with happiness to have been longlisted for Most Exciting Newcomer to Picture Book Illustration in the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize, along with some of my friends' wonderful books! Hurrah!
My friends kindly sent me pics of their beautiful daughter Cara reading The Jar of Happiness. So lovely!
It’s been wonderful reading reviews of The Jar of Happiness over the past few weeks! Here are a few...
“A beguiling story, beautifully told. But woven throughout are all sorts of empowering, encouraging and essential subtleties, making this a particularly perfect picture book”
“This is a delightful and whimsical little story… Certainly if a jar of happiness won't cheer you up a bit, then this fabulous little book certainly will! We love the positive message this book relays”
“This is a simple, but powerful story”
“With its warm-hearted feel, this is a lovely snuggle-up-together and share with a young child kind of book”
“A beautiful book of a good size with simple effective illustrations and a message which is useful for anyone living with or working with young children who are developing their own emotions and coping strategies… I would definitely give this a 5/5 score for overall value, presentation and quality”
“The pictures convey the emotions of the story to perfection”
“A wonderful book…that prompted a lovely conversation with Mr D at bedtime talking about what sort of things make him happy, or make me happy”
Barbara (Basya) Karp
“What a treasure this book is. Ailsa Burrows teaches a marvelous lesson: how one child can make a positive difference in the lives of others, and how those she touches give back happiness when she needs it most. The talented British author’s vibrant, imaginative illustrations bring Meg’s story to life. Endearing details like the band of stuffed animals accompanying Meg with their musical instruments are priceless. This story, like Meg’s jar, is sure to spread joy wherever it is read.”
I was delighted to spot The Jar of Happiness in Waterstones at the weekend - just in time for Christmas shopping!
It might be another grey day outside but happily I'm surrounded by colour, busily working on the illustrations for my first picturebook, which is due to be published in the spring. Watch this space for more details!
Here's a logo design that I completed a couple of weeks ago for international photographer Jan Hillnhütter. It was a fun project; Jan was a great client and a pleasure to work with! I've been busy working on a couple of other projects so watch this space to find out more soon...
I've spent the past few weeks huddled up with my laptop and many cups of coffee working on the text for 'Vernon Ganglythorpe'. So far it's been great fun getting to know the Ganglythorpe family - watch this space for more details soon!
I've been busy immersing myself in the world of Vernon Ganglythorpe over the past few weeks, but this morning in a bout of Google Analytics procrastination I had a pleasant surprise...
It turns out that someone in the US turned a neuron illustration that I did a few years ago into a tattoo. I think they did a pretty good job!
A few drawings from the character development work I've been doing this week...
Portfolio and business cards at the ready for Bologna Book Fair next week, where I'll be meeting a few publishers, checking out beautiful books from all around the world and walking until my feet fall off. Exciting!
Last night's Private View of our Cambridge exhibition was a great opportunity to bid farewell to Cambridge School of Art and thank our wonderful tutors Martin Salisbury and Pam Smy. With copious free wine and crisps on offer, a good night was had by all!
This week I took part in Ania Stypulkowski's wonderful blog 'Ania Asks Eight Questions' which probes into the pencil, paint and biscuit-filled minds of illustrators and sheds light on their habits. You can read my answers and check out the rest of her blog here.
Here's the drawing that I did for her of my creative little helpers, based on the idea that we all have 'creative geniuses' to guide us along...
Now that things are finally warming up a little (even if I am still wearing woolly gloves while I work) I thought I'd do a little drawing of a girl and her mum taking a walk on a breezy, sunny day.
I've been experimenting again today with a limited colour palette. This little lady might end up being part of a bigger picture or perhaps a mini series...
A little drawing that I did yesterday working with a limited colour palette. There's something quite pleasant about drawing rugs, and it's not just because 'rugs' happens to rhyme with another of my favourite subjects - hugs :-)
Thought I'd share this little note left on the back of a business card for me from an excited boy visiting the MA exhibition...
The show has been bustling with visitors all week, it's been lovely to see!