Design your own amazing monogram

Any people tell me that their name is far too long and complicated for a decent signature. the answer is simple Use a monogram of your initials. As long as you answer to it in a court of law it can be your official signature.

Watch this video to get some ideas of how to put letters together to make a great monogram, then practice, practice, practice so that it becomes second nature to just dash off your new, amazing, personal monogram.

What a great portrait of me!

CaOuPJNWYAAgqBK.jpg-largeI had a wonderful Twitter message from Corn – aka @ChickenWithTie who is from South Italy and is an illustrator. The message read:

Drew this while watching your videos @shoorayner I admire your work and positivity!! Keep it up!!

You can see more of Corn’s great and colourful artwork at Many thanks!

If you are wondering what I’m holding in the picture you can find out by watching this video


Children’s Books are where it’s at #CoverKidsBooks

#coverKidsBooksChildren’s Books are where it’s at. Why? Because, on the whole, they have a beginning a middle and and end, tell a satisfying story and often come as a series.

Children’s non fiction books are well-researched and present information in exciting and easily understandable ways. All theses books are written by the best writers and illustrated by the world’s greatest illustrators, visual artists and photographers.

In fact everything an adult would want from a book and so often doesn’t get – especially from prize-winning literary fiction.

So if you feel unsatisfied with books written for adults, pop over to the children’s section – I think you might be surprised. It’s all there, fun, tears, sadness, terror, adventure, a multitude of imagined worlds that are still as entertaining and enthralling now as they were when you were a child.

February 1st sees the start of a new campaign #CoverKidsBooks which is being promoted by Middle Grade Stikes Back

#CoverKidsBooks is a campaign for more children’s books media coverage. Our research shows that children’s books currently get just 3% of all book review space in UK national newspapers, despite accounting for over 30% of the market. We believe this needs to change.

It’s quite simple to join in, just use the hashtag #CoverKidsBooks when you talk about children’s books on social media. Maybe mention children’s books that you have liked as a reader yourself or while sharing with a child.

Literacy is the single most important skill in modern society and the route to mastery is simple – read a lot. Luckily there is a vast treasury of children’s books available, but children, and those who look after and teach them, need to know about it and they need to know what is available.

If publishers of newspapers, books and blogs want readers in the future, now is the time to grow the audience – promote children’s books and the love of reading for pleasure – for a pleasure is what it is and should be.


How to Draw Dark Moon – Dark Claw’s Evil Space Station

Dark-MoonHere is a video showing how to draw Dark Claw’s Evil Space Station – Dark Moon – from my book series, Dark Claw, which is a sort of Star Wars epic with cats and mice – or Kats and Muss – Muss are anything from mice and rats and hamsters to chinchillas!

Click here to find out more about how I came to write and design the characters and spaceships involved in the Dark Claw Series

You can watch the animated version of the story on my Storytime Channel. This is the playlist for the whole series:

Make sure you are subscribed to find out when the next thrilling installment is available:

Learn more about Dark Claw, learn how to draw the characters and and all the great Muss and Kat spaceships:

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Drawing the Parthenon with perspective & Year 3

Iyear1-cats spent Monday and Tuesday at Hazeldown Primary School in Teignmouth Devon where I was given an overwhelming welcome, as they use my drawing videos a lot and felt they already knew me!

I kept forgetting to take picture. I managed to get a picture of year one showing their Cat & Dog Drawings without showing any faces and too picture of the work of some of a Year Three.

They are a doing an ancient Greece project at the moment, so I showed them how to draw the Parthenon, with Euclid watching on. Some people get perspective straight away, while others have a more interesting interpretation of the concept!

Either way these are all amazing drawings for Year Threes. I loved how one boy inverted his drawing so he could draw the roof, because that’s what he thought was the most important part – very clever. Each drawing follows exactly the same instructions but each shows such individuality and personality – I love doing this!

Well done everyone – you all worked incredibly hard and carried on even when you thought it was all going wrong – if you keep drawing, it often all comes together at the end!

Below is my first Euclid video to get you going on some Ancient Greek geometry.