Tuesday, 4 August 2009

garden waste

Well they say 'write what you know'... I know exactly where this particular idea for the book comes from. Kenzie the husky does more poop per day than any other dog I know and, with a four year old sharing the garden with her, I do spend an inordinate amount of time clearing up after her. Like the Growing Boy, I too am forever engaged in a gardening battle I cannot win - I'm hoping he will triumph where I do not! That's artistic licence for you, if only real life was as simple.

Here I'm demonstrating the convenience and lucky happinstance (is that a word?!) of illustrating while making a cup of tea - in a moment of inspirado, that teabag came in handy for added 'mess'!

In an exciting garden update: I have one red tomato!!! I'm so excited, I may even post a picture!

Monday, 3 August 2009

a new furrow

After much procrastinating, the first new illustration visual is finished! The one on the left is the old one, on the right the new illustration for the same bit of text. I'm being inundated with design work when all I really want to do is paint. Unfortunately, the design work pays the bills, but I'm managing to squeeze the book in at the end of each evening (then I have to try and make myself go to bed instead of getting carried away with the illustrating!). Next up, the pooing dog...