Wednesday, 28 April 2010

About Bologna

Hey guys,

Here is some information about Bologna Book fair that I attended in March.

you may interested in. :)

The event holed for 4 days, and it contains:

· Exhibition- All the selected illustrators’ works but not all of them are the original one.

· Programs- They invited some illustrators, publishers and authors, any kinds of experts related to picture book to gave a talk.

The rest of the event are lots lots of publisher came from all over the world to sell & buy copyright. And some of them are retail, so you also can buy some special picture books from there.

And the only think that I think it worth to visit there is that you can show yourself in there. There had a big wall for illustrators. You can post your works and contact details on there.

How to stand out in front of lots illustrators?
Maybe try special demonstration.

If you want to know more information about the fair, please fell free to ask. I’ll tell everything I saw :D


Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Have you ever felt like there was nothing there?

Like there's a crack in side you and you are slipping away thought it.

and all you seem to do is go through the motions.

trapped in an empty world.

even when there’s someone there its like there’s an invisible wall between you

And it only gets wider with each day that passes.

But you can’t seem to get past it as if there’s a great weight inside you.

And all you want to do is hide away from the world.

And life is like being in a dark tunnel but no matter how far you move forward you never seem to escape the darkness

But in the end there is an end.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Micah Lidberg

Hey guys, I haven't posted in a while and stumbled across this the other day, so thought I'd share :)

Lou xx

Thursday, 22 April 2010

For Katie

Hey all, I saw this on the Drawn blog and it reminded me of Katie Coultons work so I just thought I'd post him up. Jorge Gonzalez....You may already of heard of him anyway!

Interesting Website about Sketch

Hey guys,
I just found this interesting website about sketch.

You can drawing on this website and the whole drawing process will be recorded.

I got 2 ideas from here.

1. If you find some picture you are interested in, just click it, you will see how the illustrator draw it.

2. This may be another way to promote your work, because you can write down your contact information on the screen :D

Monday, 19 April 2010

email from macmillans:

Hi Katherine,
We require at least 4 finished spreads of art work, and then pencil roughs of the whole story line, i.e the full 32 pages. The pencil roughs can be in the form of a dummy. They can be quite basic - it's just so we can see and read the story in its entirety.
I hope that's clearer. Give me a ring if you want to discuss it further (020 7014 6124)

... Phew!

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Macmillans brief?

Quick question:

It states in the macmillans brief that pencil roughs or sketches are required 'cover to cover', as well as 4 finished spreads.

Does this mean that all 32 original layout drawings for each page are required, or that only the dummy book is needed?

Me and Milan spoke about this and it still seems unclear ....
What is everybody else doing?


Saturday, 17 April 2010

Cover Letters

Hi guys, I was just wondering if anybody had a good example of a cover letter? Especially if it's been used to write to a publisher. The ones I've seen on the internet aren't that great and I'm a little stuck with what to write after the first paragraph!
beckie x

Friday, 16 April 2010

Some silly questions about finished works

Hi guys,

I have some silly questions about hand in the finished work.

Should we stick the finished works on blackboards?

and the text, can we type on the pictures directly or should I stick them on the transparent films?

Sorry for the silly questions and my bad English.


Thursday, 15 April 2010

Finished work

Hi guys,

Here is one of my finished work, the texts I may change into real handwriting.
And I still thinking about the yellow background under the book. It's looks so drab, should I add some texture?.

Please give me advice and comments.

Sorry, I post it soooooo late.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010


Guys, I deleted that last post because it was really frustrating me that that photo looked so awful, the next time I'm in town I'll see if i can hop into uni and use the scanner there which should hopefully be big enough.
I'm slighty freaking out about professional practice because I haven't been putting that before Macmillan's stuff. Do you think I should swap focus? I mean the fact is, how can I be submiting work to publishers when the work I'd want to be submitting is the stuff I'm doing now- therefore it's not finished??

lou x

Saturday, 10 April 2010

New Spread

This is a piece I've just completed, any comments or advice would be appreciated :) The text placement needs tightening on the right hand and I might still mute the colours a litttle.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

another idea

Ok, this is another rough spread i'm thinking of doing, tried to keep the detail there but it's a bit simpler than the other one, is that going to be a problem? I'm having some problems trying to make the other images look as good as my first one!

finishing techniques


I've been experimenting with finishing techniques and i'm not sure which one works best. One is just a painting and the other is the same painting but with ink on top (the colours look better on the original) also what do you think of the composition and overall layout of this spread? any opinions or advice would be great


Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Which one?

Hi, i've done a new painting which is slightly different to the original, but i'm unsure on which looks best to do on my final one. The first image is the new one, its not quite finished as i just need to put the stars on. (apologies for the line, i scanned it as 2 images) I haven't put as many washes on so it looks lighter, which I quite like but I need some opinions please!
Thanks Beckie x

Thursday, 1 April 2010