My friend Laura Sheldon, is a fellow Firefly author and also a wonderful teacher. When she asked me how her class could draw the Twits, I looked on line to see if Quentin Blake had done a video. He hadn’t. I know how busy he is, so I though I’d help out and make a video myself, showing how to draw Mr Twit. I’m not sure how the class got on – Maybe I should ask to see?
I am so thrilled to finally have copies of How to Draw Cat and Dog.
I’ve been using the Cat and Dog books in reception and nurseries for some time and I’m always amazed – sometimes almost moved to tears – by the quality of the drawing the very young children draw along with me.
I’ve wanted to make this book for a while and finally convinced Big Cat to let me do it. It’s also a phonics book, which made it hard choosing the right words to describe key words for explaining drawing, that I couldn’t use because of the language levels. For circles – I used rings.
I am so proud of how it came out. Many thanks to my editor, Catherine Coe, for helping to squeeze it all into the phonics box.
Cat and Dog teach you how to draw cat and dog in a story – yes, there is a story too! Learn also how to draw a tree so Cat has somewhere to hide when Dog starts chasing. With all that drawing, you have everything you need to write and illustrate a simple story – even key words.
What more could anyone want in a Reception/Kindergarten/Early years Foundation class?
Currently I’m working on a How to draw Ancient Greek Stuff book, which is proving more complicated that I’d imagined. The complications are mostly in the style and design of the book, which I want to be the basis of a continuing format.
Recently, when I mentioned it to a year three class – which would be 2nd Grade in the US – they cheered, what convinced me that I’m doing the right thing.
I’m planning to have all the artwork finished and the book ready early in the New Year, when I will launch it as a Kickstarter Project.
I’m already thinking about the next book in the series, so what do you think I should do next? Which subject matter would be most helpful in drawing generally or in school or home school curricula? I suppose this is market research. I’m turning into a publisher!