Category Archives: books

The Terrifying Story of Frankatstein – Scaredy Cats

This is the first tale in a terrifying series from my book, Scaredy Cats – Nine Tales – Nine Lives – One Book!

Kendo and Suki are not only Professor Frankastein’s adorable cats, they are also his special assistants, helping with his in his life-long goal to create life itself, catching mice and rats for him to experiment on!

If you would like to get the book – signed copies with free poster are available here.

Or from Amazon in the UK

 

When an illustration goes wrong – Illustrating Children’s books part 4

Yesterday, I showed you how I’d been illustrating winning stories from the Welsh Books Council Dahlightful schools writing competition See yesterday’s post here:

Today, in part 4, I’m showing you how I illustrated a story called The Real Ultimate Treasure Hunter by Ffion Haf Davies from Ysgol Gyfun G?yr.

It’s a fighting Fantasy kind of story, which is not the kind of book I read these days, nor the kind I illustrate. So I’m having to draw an illustration that both fits the genre but also the overall style of the book of stories written by the kids.

There’s a lot of philosopical chat and rumination in this video as I draw paint, realise its all wrong and do it again!

Illustrating Children’s Books with Photoshop Effects

 

Yesterday, I showed you how I’d been illustrating winning stories from the Welsh Books Council Dahlightful schools writing competition See yesterdays video here:

Today, in part 3, I’m showing you how I illustrated a story by Finnuala Buckley from Bishop Headley High School.

The illustration required me to draw a portal in the ice. I wanted to create a Time Ripple” effect and decided the best way was use photoshop to add the effect on after I’d painted the picture.

First I cut out the drawing of the library, that you can see through the hole in the ice, and then I placed it in the layer below, so it appears “through” the hole, and distorted the library image a bit.

Then I created a ripple effect on another layer in-between and tweaked the transparency of that layer so you could see the library through it. After that, I added a bit of shadow to add depth, before cropping the image and tidying it up, ready for the printer.