Beginning work on a new piece of art is always great fun. Beginning work on a new book is even better! This is a process of hard work, persistence, creativity and truly an adventure, one that will take many months to complete.
"Deep into the woods of Hopalong Hollow, there is a path that you can follow;
Winding neath cool canopies of leafy, gnarled chestnut trees,
Past river bend and crystal spring where woodland thrushes nest and sing;
Just up and over the Blackberry fell, where Mamsey Bear and Mopkin dwell."
Come with me.
So begins my introduction to a tale of two bears. In the next few months I will be showing you bits and pieces of the illustrations as they progress and sharing information on how I create a book, so.....
Welcome to my studio, the little room at the top of the stairs..
Please, do come in!
This is a small room, but big enough to have everything I need within my reach. My 8ft.long, old oak table came out of a printers shop, it is from the turn of the century and still has old ink marks on the surface, I love it! I store my supplies in baskets, drawers, boxes and shelves. Over 150 books share my room. I refer to these for reference and inspiration.