Friday, 21 January 2011

Tomorrow & Rcc!

Hello, and happy Friday, yey :)

I wanted to post an image up to accompany this post else it might of been boring....
So, is NO-ONE else going to the SCBWI thing tomorrow? Well I'm going, albeit on my own and a little scared!

And also, Chiu, when I hand in RCC do you want any sketchbook stuff handed in too, or doesn't it matter? If we do I haven't been annotating sketchbook or anything so I'll get it sorted if needs be.

That's all from me for now :) Some other people need to post work up, I'm getting bored of just seeing mine!!

Tuesday, 18 January 2011


ENTRY DETAILS FAQs When does the competition usually take place?
For 2011, submissions will be accepted from Tuesday 3rd May to Friday 6th May.
How do I enter?
An information leaflet, that includes an entry form are sent to Universities and Colleges in January. Entry forms can be photocopied but must be signed by the student's tutor and submitted along with their artwork. Entry forms can also be obtained by emailing
Download an entry form >
How can I submit my entry?
It is encouraged that tutors collect student entries and send them in one delivery to MCB by courier.
Students are also welcome to hand deliver their entries from Tuesday 3rd May – Friday 6th May from 9.30am-5.30pm, to 20 New Wharf Road, London, N1 9RR.
When is the winner chosen?
The winners & highly commended will be chosen & notified by Friday 13th May
Who chooses the winner?
The winners and highly commended are chosen by a judging panel that will include 2 leading children's book illustrators, an experienced children's bookseller, the Managing Director of MCB, Emma Hopkin and the Art Director, Anne Glenn.
How will the winners be notified?
Winners will be notified by phone by a representative from MCB. Those that have been highly commended will receive letters by email/by post, advising them of their success. Chosen pieces from the winners and highly commended will be exhibited for one week and each student will receive an invitation to the Private view/Awards ceremony.
How will I know if I have not been successful?
An email/letter will be sent out during the second or third week of May to all entrants that have not been chosen as a winner/highly commended, advising them that they have not been successful. All entrants and their tutors will also receive an invitation to attend the general exhibition.
When will the winners' and highly commended work be exhibited?
In 2011, the general exhibition will take place from Tuesday 24th May to Friday 27th May.
When will the entries be returned?
If the student is unsuccessful the entries will be returned during the last 2 weeks of May by Securicor c/o the University or College. A cheque for £3.20 needs to be included by each student with their entry to cover the cost of delivery. Students are also welcome to collect their work in person from the Macmillan office once they have received a letter notifying them that they have not been successful. Usually this will be mid-May. If the students work has been chosen to be exhibited their work will be returned by Securicor or will be available for collection, as nominated on their entry, the week after the exhibition ends. 
What if I fail to collect my entry?
If a student has nominated to collect their entry from the Macmillan office and fails to do so by the end of May, their work will be destroyed.
(A full description of the brief is included on the information leaflet)
Do we accept reproductions of the work or are only originals acceptable?
We do accept reproductions that are of a high quality but in most cases our judges prefer to see the original artwork where possible. Please make sure if you plan to send in reproductions that they do not detract from the quality of the artwork.
What age should the picture books be targeted to?
Up to around 5 years of age. You may find it useful to make yourselves familiar with current titles on the market but will be looking for any form of plagiarism.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Next saturday!

Guys, is anyone going to the illustration thingymabob next sat at waterstones? :)


Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Latest on the owl and the pussycat

Haven't done as much work over christmas as I would have liked to, but getting back into finishing the final page for my book, this is really big and I havent quite worked out how to get the finished thing on to computer yet to play around with? This is just a photo on my SLR and has worked out ok so may have to use this method. Is there a scanner big enough or would I have to scan it in pieces then join it? This is watercolour on my screenprint, Im going to do another watercolour to try put behind my acetate for screenprint as I lost alot of the detail in the screenprint. Been playing around with the colouring , still havent got it right yet though.
As for the text, just popped it on quickly to try get an idea of what it will look like as a whole, it is the font im using but will obviously fiddle with size and placement. and will have it printed seperately on acetate!

And another

Another one that's on my computer already, might as well share! (The bottom one will be holding one of my favourite books) ----And chiu I haven't ignored your advice yesterday, there is to be more research and processes in the 2nd chapter, and once I've got the first one looking better I'm going to look at adapting at a tad if theres not enough later on :)

Lou x


2 colour roughs. The top one is missing snow flakes, but aside from that any thought's would be great :)

Allan Ahlberg

Great article by the author Allan Ahlberg: