Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Drawings at Moore, Term 1 2017

This year I've been doing occasional small portraits and other sketches in and around my classes at Moore. Towards the start of last term I cut up a lot of paper into A5 pieces for use in a women's chapel I was leading but not many got used, so I thought I'd just draw on them instead. Here are some of the sketches I've done.





Above: Some of the students (and a chaplain in the lowest sketch).
Below: a couple of lecturers.




Sunday, April 2, 2017

Easter Fest Portraits

The day after the kids club comics making workshop (see previous post) the church we were involved with (Holy Trinity Kingsford) ran their Easter Fest. Dave the minister asked me to do some portrait sketching, which was quite fun! I enjoy drawing portraits, and at this event discovered that lots of people wanted family portraits, or portraits with their friends - more so than individual ones. Makes sense.

Here are some I did:

Above are Jess and Grace, two girls on our team who I drew first. Their portraits became my 'samples' to give others two colour options.


These two photos were mother-daughter portraits - both girls had been in my comics making workshop the day before. 

A couple of friends - Sandra and Susan.

The largest family I drew that day! So lovely. I got them all to sit together first, sketched the outline of their heads and then drew facial details one person at a time so the others could take a break - a necessary technique with small children!


Cosmic Heros Comic Workshop

The last two years I've been studying at Moore Theological College, and last week our college community divided into groups to go help out various churches for a week. My group went to Kingsford, and on Friday I got to run a comics making workshop during a kids club. We had 'cosmic rescuers' as our theme (with Jesus being the greatest cosmic rescuer of all!), and in the workshop the kids designed their own rescuer and created a one or two page rescue story. Some were pretty clever! I was impressed.

Before the kids club - with inspiration on the walls

After the workshop, with Fiona and Robbie as helpers


    
Some board scribbles - the picture on the right was the joint effort of myself and the kids, as I first sketched Robbie and then got the kids to add things to his outfit on the board. The picture on the left was my own example comic page layout, to give an idea of some stages in a rescue story.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The 2016 Caleb Awards

Earlier this year both of my two publishers sent the last book I'd done with them to the Caleb awards. These are Australian faith-based writing awards. And, both books got shortlisted for the children's book category! These were 'Same' by Katrina Roe and 'Fearlessly Madison' by Penny Reeve. It was pretty fun having illustrated two out of the five shortlisted books... And, quite excitingly, 'Fearlessly Madison' then went on to win the prize for Best Children's book.

'Wonderfuly Madison', the first in the series had actually also won this prize, but three years earlier. They must be quality :)








Sunday, September 25, 2016

Books and badges at MTC

In the cool of the morning I packed the car with books, badges and my Guimelpod plushie and vroomed off. Already the day was warming up, and I felt excited. One of my friends was selling yummy dumplings - I picked her up and garlic filled the car. Fresh and tasty. We arrived amid the hustle and bustle of decorations being put up and set up our stalls.
The MTC Spring fair proved to be a great day: so much fun! So many lovely people to meet. And so very keen to be there again next year.

Book week at Tara

I rolled into the carpark and waited, wondering when my author was going to arrive. Within a few minutes I saw a car driven by a lady who looked like Katrina zip past. We made eye contact and waved. Half an hour later, after meeting the librarian, we were standing in front of a group of K-yr2 children presenting our book 'Same'. Little hands shoot up, curiosity and inspiration written on their faces. I love book week because the kids enjoy it and I'm made to feel like a celebrity. Thank you teachers and librarians at Tara Anglican School for a great visit! 


Friday, September 9, 2016

Tom Topp is here!

This year has been rather full for me. And this blog, rather neglected. Oh well, that's life, I suppose.

One rather exciting thing I've been meaning to post about is a small children's novel I finally finished illustrating in July this year. It's called, Tom Topp and the great adventure swap, by Lisa Limbrick and published by Wombat books. I like it. It's a fun story with wild things happening, like flying cupcakes and a wheel-chair dog-sled. And importantly, it also has a good message about forgiveness.

Here's a link to the book, and below are some pictures...






And here's some extra flying things that aren't in the book but are related: