Welcome to my website – I’m Shoo Rayner, children’s author and illustrator. I also make how to draw books and videos that you are welcome to use for school and homework. If you would like me to make a video let me know!

I’m currently making a live drawing show every weekday at 4:00pm Uk time talking about drawing, art, illustration and making picture books with guest authors, poets, illustrators and storytellers.

If you would like me to visit your school or library for a day of storytelling and drawing, Check out my School Visit information page here.


Live interview with book and movie agent Fiona Kenshole

On this live drawing show, I was joined by Fiona Kenshole in Portland Oregon, USA.

She is a Literary Agent and Feature Film Scout at Transatlantic Agency and was Vice President, Development & Acquisitions at Laika Animation before – as well as previously being publisher at Hodder Children’s Books and Oxford University Press.

Fiona is lots of fun and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in publishing and the animation business which she shares freely in this video.

How to Draw the Moon – Live

On my live drawing show today, I show and talk about drawing the moon. 

I’ll be using pencil, pen and ink and watercolour, so have materials to hand and follow along. 

My young friend, Helena of https://www.youtube.com/Helena’sAstrophotography is helping me with some images and even went out to make a movie specially for me! See it here and make sure your subscribe to her channel! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnx6blBfsJE 

The calendar Helena uses is https://moonphases.co.uk/moon-calendar

If you live in the UK you can see Helena on CBBC the Dengineers programme when they built her observatory in the Garden. Meet some folk from Wigtown too! https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09glkq2/the-dengineers-series-3-3-observatory-den

Waxing moon taken by Helena’s Astrophotography
Waning moon over Wigtown, Scotland. Taken by Helena’s Astrophotography