I’ve known Renita for a while now. Originally from America, Renita now lives in Wigtown, which the book town in Scotland, with the most stunning views across the estuary. When I’ve performed at the festival, the children have all been whipped up to a frenzy by Renita, who welcomes them in and “settles them down” [...]
Here are three more videos to show you how to draw stuff from the Mudpuddle Farm Books by Michael Morpurgo. There’s Mossop the Cat and the Tractor that he sleeps on and Pint Size the pig too. Enjoy :)
So you got your Happy meal and you rad Mossops’s last chance and now you want to draw dear old Mossop, the sleepy, old farm cat. Watch this video and I’ll show you exactly how I draw him in the books. You may also want t see all the other Muddpuddle farm videos, so click here to watch the playlist on YouTube and make sure you are subscribed to my channel for news of my latest videos.
Well, Okay they have Michael Morpurgo’s name all over them but inside you will find my illustrations. These books, given away free in Happy Meals for the next month, came out about 20 years ago originally. They were ground-breaking books at the time. In those days children’s books had text down one-side and pictures on the other. These books really lifted the text off the straight line and took the story into all the corners of the page.
These books really got me going as an illustrator and a writer too. Working so closely with Michael Morpurgo’s text taught me how stories were put together. For a long time, in my early series, I can hear Michael Morpurgo’s voice breaking through i my writing. I think I was Ricky Rocket when I finally discovered my “Voice”, urged on by my wonderful Editor, Christine Lo.
In this video I show you the Happy meals and some of the original artwork and roughs to give you an idea of how books were put together in those days! Enjoy.