Monthly Archives: January 2015

Recipes to Die For

Amelia Dyer 1895

There’s an element of uncertainty when I start on a picture book: I really have no idea of what the style of the illustrations are going to be like. The opportunity to illustrate it into any style I like is incredibly exciting.

Only when I’ve finished writing my story will I start illustrating the book. I will try different styles and ideas, and this is the part that I love the most, especially character design. You see your ideas develop and evolve and if you’re lucky you end up with something cool and exciting (of course there are plenty of times when your ideas don’t work out and then you have to go back to square one, but I won’t mention those as I want to concentrate on the positives here!).

Illustrating a book is a very organic process. Below you will see my first attempt at illustrating the main character of my latest book Amelia Dyer. Next to it is the final version of the character. As you can see, they couldn’t look any more different from each other.

Amelia_gifAnimation amelia dyer portrait

The original idea was to produce a book similar to the style of my previous title, “My Monster”. But the fact that I started using new software for creating my illustrations, changed my plans. Blender’s features – especially the 3D modelling functions – took my illustrations to new levels of complexity and creativity. Everything I learned affected the style of my illustrations and in the end, I came up with something that I had never produced before and I’m hoping the book looks better for it.

Happy New Year!

My Monster ebook cover

To start 2015 on a positive note, I decided to publish “My Monster” as an e-book on Amazon (here’s the link should you wish to have a look).

It’s currently only available as an Amazon download, which means it can be viewed on any Amazon e-book reader. But owning a Kindle device is not essential to reading Kindle books ; there’s a PC version and a Kindle app for iOS devices too. This is what my Kindle book looks like on the iPad!

My Monster iPad

I’m hoping that 2015 will allow me to publish at least one more book (my Amelia Poem); digitally and on paperback. 2015 will be a very busy year, so without further ado, I’ll crack on with my work. Catch you all later!







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