Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Sara Ogilvie Workshop at Paper Dove

Sara showing the group her prints and explaining about her working process.
Paper Dove designer, Caroline Gordon getting stuck in with mono-printing. 
My experimental mono-prints based on Sara's beautiful Russian Dolls.
Sketchbook development from Sara's new book 'Meet the Parents'.

Last week at Paper Dove was full of fun and excitement with a visit from my favourite illustrator, Sara Ogilvie (the illustrator of 'Dog don't do Ballet'). 

I first met Sara at the 'Take Five Illustrators' exhibition opening in 2012 at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, whilst studying for my masters degree at Edinburgh College of Art. Since then I have been fortunate to work with her at other talks and workshops at both Seven Stories and Edinburgh College of Art. This time I'm lucky enough to work with her at my new workplace.

During the morning session, Sara gave an inspiring talk about us where she finds inspiration, her creative process, her approaches to different creative projects and creating books for children.

After lunch we had a messy session in the print room, experimenting with the potential of mono-printing and screen-printing. As a group we came up with some interesting characters based on some observational drawings of Sara's collection of old toys.

I am looking forward to arranging her next visit soon!

Monday, 24 March 2014

Illustration Friday - Red

I've been drawing quite a few rabbits recently, so thought it would be nice to continue using them for this week's Illustration Friday topic, Red.

Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Paper Dove at Seven Stories

On 8th March, a few of the Paper Dove designers went to Seven Stories to meet the official 2014 World Book Day illustrator, Alex T. Smith. This event was supported by Hodder Children's Books. During this fabulous interactive family event, Alex introduced us to Claude and friends. He told us about where he gets his inspiration from, did some live drawing for us and taught us how to draw our very own Claude. This event was rounded up by a book signing and photo session in the Seven Stories Book Shop.

Photo by Emily Rose Lambert
On Monday 10th March, we went to the Walker Books event 'Ink and Drink with Chris Haughton', which was also hosted by Seven Stories. This was a great opportunity to hear about Chris' creative process, his experience of illustrating for children and his work with Node (fair trade rugs). We also had the opportunity to do some doodling ourselves and have his latest book 'Shh! We Have a Plan' signed. 

Here is a funny little snap of us having tea with the Tiger in the Judith Kerr exhibition.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Illustration Friday - Voice

This Illustration Friday post was fitting for celebrating both World Book Day and the completion of my first full picture book with Frances Lincoln.

It has been a crazy time getting the book ready for Bologna, but it is finally finished and has been sent to repro. Here is a little vignette from an interior page where a brother and sister are lovingly reading their favourite book together.

Happy World Book Day!!

Friday, 28 February 2014

Paper Dove Studio

It has been a tough start to the year with completing my first picture book for Frances Lincoln Publishers. Whilst it has been a wonderful experience working with such amazing people, I must say that I am happy to finally be catching up on some sleep! 

It has obviously been a while since I updated my blog, so I thought I would start by sharing some of the recent artwork that the design team have been creating in the Paper Dove studio. Here are a few visuals of sketches and original artwork made in a variety of different media.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Geek Squad range for Cherry Moon

Four of the cards from my Geek Squad range
Jen changing the ink on the letterpress machine
Verity in production 

Here is a sneaky peak at 'Geek Squad', which is my very first range for Cherry Moon.

These brightly coloured designs showcase familiar retro objects and games that we've all loved. They have been beautifully hand printed by my friends Verity and Jen using one of our amazing letterpress machines. This old printing method is perfect for this range, adding to the retro feel.

This NEW range of twelve cards, is set and ready to go to the Spring Fair at the NEC in Birmingham next month.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Illustration Talk - The University of Sunderland

As part of the Seven Stories 'Picturebook in Progress Project', I was asked to present an illustration talk at The University of Sunderland. This wonderful project aims to inspire young artists to follow into an illustration career. What a great project to be apart of!

During the event I discussed my artwork for the 'Over the Hills and Far Away' book, my transition from being a student to working in the professional world of illustration, my working methods/techniques, my experience of working with publishers, editors and book designers, and my new job at Paper Dove.

At the end of the talk, the students had the opportunity to look at some of my original material, work in progress, and published pieces, seeing a project from the very beginning to the very end.

If you are in Newcastle on the 25th January, make sure you get yourselves to the Picturebook in Progress Gallery Opening at Seven Stories and view the artwork of some of the UK's best loved illustrators.

With special thanks to Alison Barratt, David Wright and Carey Fluker Hunt.