So a few weeks ago I realised that it was almost that time of year again when the Macmillan Prize comes around. Being on my MA and still technically a student I thought I may as well give it a go seeing as it's probably my last chance.
So the past couple of weeks or so I have been working on creating some final images for the book I posted about a while ago about the little boy and his eccentric father.
I'm not terribly passionate about the story to be honest and I was quite ready to leave this project behind a good four weeks ago and concentrate on my dissertation but for some reason it sticks to me like a magnet and I find myself spending all my time working on it and tweaking it. Such is life.
So anyway, I just about have four spreads ready for the Macmillan Prize now and I'm pretty pleased with them if I say so myself. And by now I'll admit that I have grown quite fond of the characters after all this time! An awful lot of work went into them. I know the little boy still needs some work (drawing kids is not my strength) but I really like how the Dad came out!
This is my second time using the 3d cut out paper technique. I enjoy it so much. I get really absorbed in making all the little sets. The only problem is that I don't have a great camera to take the photos with however I was lucky because a man called David Austin who does have a great camera came and photographed them for me.
The other thing about these illustrations is that because I had so little time to make them in I had to be not too neat about the drawings. Usually I am quite laborious in the way that I draw but this time I really had to make myself loosen up. I found using a dip pen helped with this. You can't be too neat with a dip pen because the line is so unreliable. I actually quite like this looser style of drawing. (and I also like that it took half the time!)
So that's what I've been working hard on these past weeks! Also my dissertation which I can not WAIT to finish!
Other things that have occupied me this month have been the Royal Wedding, which was majestic and beautiful. We watched it on the television and then had a street party which my mum made the bunting for. It was such a nice day.
These (above) are some of my tiny miniature crowns that I have. I love them and thought the Royal Wedding merited a photograph of them. I like to put them on my fingertips and wiggle them around but soon (when I finally get around to completing it) they will be displayed in my castle.
Also something which I forgot to mention before was that I went to the Bologna Children's book fair in March/April which was a really eye opening experience. So. Many. Books! It was nice to see the european children's book market which was not nearly so commercialised as the English one. The whole thing was just crazy! And huuuge! And I got to speak to publishers which was great.
So that's about all for now. I need to get on with this dastardly dissertation haha. x