Category Archives: the Little Bird told me…

More reviews!

The gorgeous reviews keep coming from shops and blogs! Too exciting for words. From Thirteen Red Shoes Some books are simply worth more than others.  Some books simply have the capacity to be a book which you will gather from the self to be read to a toddler and to a school boy again and again.  Imagine a City by […]

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Mondoodle

There are no words for my relief and joy tonight! I have finished my book. For the last 6 weeks I have worked till 2am (on average ) to get it done and used every moment I reasonably could. I feel like I did 4 months work in one. It’s been crazy. And in the […]

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Moorehawke covers

I’m having a happy night! I’ve been getting some great responses to the covers I did for the fantasy trilogy by Celine Kiernan – and have just been shown a couple of articles on the Book Smugglers blog which talk about them. The first two books are out and from what I hear, the covers […]

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Anatomy of a Drawing 1

I thought it would be interesting to dissect a drawing, so to speak. This is one from my Moleskines collection, book two. It began with a what should I draw? kind of question, and a suggestion from Peter of a walrus. No more of an idea than that. I pulled up photos from the computer […]

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Getting published

Hey everyone, I’ve just added a new page about getting published. It answers a few common questions that people have about how to submit work and what’s expected. Feel free to ask more questions and I’ll keep adding to the page. x elise

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Starting out #3

#3 Don’t make publishers guess If you’re cutting-edge and can’t quite see how to make your stuff work in the current publishing environment – don’t assume someone else will. Yes, lots of publishers have an eagle eye and a thirst for the Next Big Thing, but they are also very busy. So a bit of […]

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Spreading the joy

The oh-so-ace Emerging Writer’s Festival kicks off this Friday. My first mission is to spread knowledge about writing and illustrating picture books on Saturday. If there’s anything you want to know about how to get into the game or well, anything really, you can borrow me. It’s called the Living Library and I’ll be a […]

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Starting out #2

Here’s another one… #2 Folios 1. Don’t put anything in there that you don’t want to do! Sounds simple but it’s funny how often we assume we should cover everything. If you hate drawing technical pictures – don’t put them in your folio. If you hate a particular style that everyone else is doing, don’t […]

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Starting out #1

Last week in amongst markets, talks and meetings – was mentoring. There were three sessions, one hour each and it was terrific. I feel pretty privileged to get to see the work of people at all different stages of their careers – some just beginning, others well and truly on the way but perhaps just […]

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space to breathe and think

Here’s something brilliant about being an illustrator. I’m doing development for my Massive Book at the moment. It’s called The Collector as a working title but I think that’s about to change. The thing is – the story crosses between worlds, civilisations, even realities. So that means envisaging everything to do with these places. If […]

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