Thursday, 31 January 2013

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Mum's the Word!

I have a very exciting blog post right here. And do you know why it's so exciting?? THAT, my friends, is because the brilliant Jamie Littler has his debut collaborative children's picture book coming out 7th February!!!

This beautifully illustrated 'Mum's the Word' is a treat for the eyes, and a great rhyming read!

Check out a sneaky preview (amongst other fantastic illustrations) on Jamie's website: http://jamielittler.co.uk/

If you haven't already got yourself a copy, you can pre-order it right HERE...

My copy shall be arriving in due course, exciting times!

Spread the word my pretties!

Thursday, 24 January 2013

My Mum's new website!

Hello lovelies! My Mum, the wonderful Ingrid Anderson has just launched her new website, yay! She is a Professional Fine Artist with tonnes of talent. why not take a look! She takes commissions and is also setting up a children's art club called 'Art Explosion'. It's gonna be a good'un! CHECK OUT INGRID'S WEBSITE HERE :)

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

My Three Favourites...

I thought this might be a fun blog post (since I can't show you anything that I'm working on right now... Publisher's orders!)

I've made some lists of my favourite things. I would LOVE to know your favourites too :)

So, if you have a little bit of time to tell me, that would be wonderful.

Three Favourite Films:

1. Moon

2. The Dark Knight Rises

3. Casper

Three Favourite TV programmes:

1. Homeland

2. New Girl

3. The Vampire Diaries

Three Favourite Book series:

1. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman

2. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

3. Harry Potter Books

Three Favourite Songs:

1. The Circle of Life (Broadway version)

Listen to it HERE.

2. Kiss from a Rose (Seal)

Listen to it HERE.

3. Your Song (Ewan McGregor version)

Listen to it HERE.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this. Now tell me your favourites! :)

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Old work & jazz!

It's always kinda cool to stumble across old sketchbooks or computer files. I have a collection of many many illustrations that have never come to anything, more than I can count! So I thought I'd share some of these old forgotten pieces with you...

Here are a few silly comics, mostly unfinished!

(Click to enlarge!)

And here are my first ever Evil Emperor Penguin sketches before he became published! He looks soooo different! I'll show you the comparison....

Before publication:

After publication

And here's a rough sketch from a page of a book I recently illustrated that comes out on Monday! The book is part of Julia Donaldson's Plays called The Escape.

The front cover...

I hope you've enjoyed this very random blog post! :)

Monday, 7 January 2013

A Few Things...

Hello lovely ones!

How are we all?!

I thought I'd post something nice today for your eyes. I have a few photos to share with you from over the past few festive weeks. The Christmas & New Year was a good'un and now it's back to some serious work! Crunch time, some would say. Aside from the books that are being published this year, I have lots of exciting events, including the big learn to drive! I'm doing a two week intensive course, so I'm hoping to be driving by March time depending on when I can book the test for. YIKES!

Back to Christmassy things, The Anderson Household have a tradition every year where Santa leaves his glitterly footprints all over the house! *gasp* And I can prove it...

I received some beautiful gifts for Christmas, including this lovely flower decoration from my wonderful Sister... My room is full of weird and wonderful hanging decorations and gizmos!

My hands also got into the Christmas spirit!

And how could we not include my squidgy not-so-little Scooby!

I hope you've enjoyed this random little blog post. More again SOON, I promise. :)

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

2013 BLAST OFF!

Hello my little monsters!

I hope you all had a marvellous magical Christmas full of jolliness and cake. I am pleased to announce a very VERY exciting year ahead, and today I shall tell you WHY.

Last year I was lucky enough to sign a big beasty contract with both Scholastic and Bloomsbury for some extremely awesome picture books.

My first picture book, 'Snowflakes' will be released this September 2013; a collaboration with cbeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell. Cerrie and myself will be collaborating for future picture books with Scholastic, which is very exciting indeed! I shall be starting work on my next picture book with Scholastic in the next couple of months ready for publication in 2014!

We have a while to wait for 'Snowflakes', but to tickle your taste buds in the mean time, here are a few other treats which are being published this year...

The first in line to be released is an educational play book, which is part of the 'Julia Donaldson Plays' called 'The Escape', written by Ms Geraldine McCaughrean and published by Pearson Education. Released on 14th January 2013, this is a very quirky story with memorable characters that truly involve kids within the story! You can pre-order this baby right here!

Next to be released April 11th 2013 is 'Rapunzel and the Prince of Pop' written by Karyn Gorman and published by Hachette. You can pre order and have a looksie at the blurb right here!

And then on May 22nd 2013, my next book 'Ampata and the Scarlet Macaws: A new retelling of two South American Tales' will be released. I'm particularly excited about this one!
Written by Benjamin Hulme-Cross and published by Pearson, I'm working on some very exciting spreads right now! Can't wait to show you all when it's eventually out in the world!

Alongside these exciting projects I am currently working on another children's picture book with Bloomsbury called 'Agatha' written by William Bee. Another book shall be following immediately after this, hopefully leading onto a very exciting series.

And amongst these crazy book type things, I've been working hard on my comic series 'Evil Emperor Penguin' with The Phoenix comic. Issue 4 of EEP will be out 18th January 2013 along with some very exciting EEP fan art to be presented in the comic.

PHEW! I think I've covered pretty much everything... FOR NOW. I've been a very busy bee, and it'll be a relief to actually SHOW you what I've been working so hard on when they're finally released! There's nothing more frustrating for an illustrator than working your bottom off for months then having to wait a year before being allowed to show ANYTHING.

ANYWAY, I do hope you've enjoyed having a catch up. I'm off to go rest these weary limbs now. And goodnight!

P.S. Since there's a sincere lack of pictures in this post, here's a picture of my dog Scooby to keep you sane...