Monday, May 30, 2011

Weekend Sketching

This weekend was the first day of sunny weather after a week of rain, so it was a great time to go sketching. On Saturday we had lots of fun sketching with another illustrator, Jacqueline Hudon-Verrelli and her husband Dario. Jacqueline has a lovely blog HERE.

The weather was perfect patio weather, so on Sunday we sketched on the patio and got some sun!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Communication Arts

The Loud Book! and Red Wagon were both included in this years Communication Arts Illustration Annual! For this image, "CANDY WRAPPER LOUD", I was inspired by listening to old detective stories on internet radio while I worked. Also, as with most of my work I used my own experiences and memories, I remember being in old movie theatres and how it feels.

Here is a link from a post on Uppercase:

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Paper Dolls

These were one of my favorite toys as a child, I would play with them forever. My mother saved them from her childhood and originally they were on printed sheets. I remember I had to spend a lot of time convincing her to let me cut them out so I could play with them. I must have been very (!) persistent because she eventually gave in.

I would say these were a very big influence on my early progress as an artist, and I think I can see it in my work now - even though I mostly draw animals at the moment.
I will post more in the future.

Friday, May 13, 2011


I was looking back through my sketchbook and noticed that it looks as though I quite literally started working on Red Wagon right after The Quiet Book.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


The French translation of The Quiet Book is released today. How lovely to think of it in a Paris shop! It is being published by Albin Michel Jeunesse. I think it is available in June in Quebec.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What did you say? Loud

One of the first drawings for the cover had the bunny experiencing a different type of loud.