Another children’s book launch – today was for ‘The Mouse and the Coal Mine’ by PETRA Publishing which I did the illustrations for earlier this year. Beautiful atmospheric and bittersweet Story by writer/poet/actor/performer Mike Church , written from conversations with miners and families of miners in Aberbargoed – my favourite children’s book to work on so far. The optimism in the story is there but I think it’s optional and for that reason I liked it a lot when I read it and worked on the illustrations with this thought in mind.
Below are photos of a few of the pages. Contact Petra Publishing to purchase.
The Light at the End of the Tunnel is another children’s book I got to illustrate working alongside writer/poet/actor/performer Mike Church. Written through workshops in Church Hall in Bargoed by a community group, the book subtly deals with the experience of being bipolar and of being a friend/relative or spouse of someone suffering with the disorder. The story focuses on Millie the “life and soul of the party” mole and her friend Mollie during a local bake-off competition.
The book launch took place earlier this week at st Gwladys Primary School in Bargoed where Mike read out the story to the enthusiastic children during an afternoon assembly whilst the pictures were projected on the walls.
This was a great book to work on and a challenge for me to visually create truly lovable characters as what the group had written was characters that the readers would be affectionate towards. My colour pallet for this book are different to any i’d used before as everyone on board the project was keen to have this be very accessible to a very young audience.
The Light at the End of the Tunnel is published by PETRA Publishing
British Library ISBN978-0-9957827-0-9
Dear The Eavis family, and all who make Glastonbury happen,
So I write a lot of letters, but I promise this one will be worth reading – stick with it. This isn’t complaining about the crowds or the headliners, or telling the world how life changing the week was for me to provoke envy inducing angry faces all over Facebook. This is a story about a girl who contacted a giant festival who cater for hundreds of thousands with a request for help and was met with compassion, love and overwhelming acts of kindness.
I was lucky enough to get tickets to Glastonbury for the first year ever, with a group of friends who were equally as excited as I was – WhatsApp groups sharing outfits and line up rumours sprung up within minutes of receiving the golden tickets, and June 2017 could not come soon enough.
Unfortunately for me…
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A graphic novel that I’ve been working on for about two years on-and-off is nearing completion. It’s a dark comedy narrative born from my curiosities about restorative and punitive justice measures, and also from my interests in viewers and readers’ empathy for morally bad characters. Any suggestions for relevant publishers would be very welcome. Thanks.
A close relative recently underwent some kind of therapy treatment during which she was hypnotized and led to return to a childhood memory that could have potentially had traumatizing effects. This kind of therapy used some amount of fictional narrative to help the patient return to the memory, and also return to the emotional and mental state that they were dealing with at the time (including age).
This image was done with that in mind, and is probably quite specific to my interpretation and knowledge but I hope the small amount of backstory helps explain my visual summary of this experience.