Here is a sneak peek at the new cover for the next Tan book - Truly Tan, Jinxed! by the lovely Jen Storer, with illustrations by me. It will be out in Australia April-ish or May-ish -- I hope you have managed to find a copy of Truly Tan (book 1) which is still available. Book 3 is due out in November. What a busy year for Tan.
My kids are quite possibly too old for this lovely board book but I don't think I'm going to let that stop me from putting it on the christmas list this year.
The beautiful illustrations are by illustrator and designer Alison Oliver who has also done several other classic titles including "Alice in Wonderland", "Jane Ayre", and "A Christmas Carol".
Ink! And brushes! I am not sure what I am going to turn this in to -- gocco print? Embroidery? I am still playing with it. It's meant to be Lily in our garden, hence the pumpkin leaves, cucumbers, beans and tomatoes. I haven't drawn the possum-massacred capsicum bushes nor the forgot-to-be-watered herb pots... nor the weeds! That will be an entirely different embroidery or gocco print. Kirsty started this little meme and just as I was wondering what I should post today, this came along. It's nice that it's happening on a Wednesday as I have some time to do some work on Wednesdays so can do a kind of WIP thing. Truth be told, This isn't actually my desk. This is the kitchen table but it was my desk for today so it kind of counts. My desk is below -- and as you can see it's got too dark to take any more photographs so that will have to do for this week.
In November last year I was lucky enough to participate in Amber's Comic Artist Rehab project. The task was to produce four panels every four days for four weeks and it was really tough. It seems that in every round since there is a slump of enthusiasm around the half way mark. I stopped colouring my panels around that point. This is the first installment. The rest of the Warm Kitty story can be found here, you need to work from the bottom up for the continuity to work. Visit the tasty artists from this round and post some encouragement. It always made a big difference.