Author Archives: Shoo Rayner

When and where do I get ideas? The answer is revealed!

Recently, I was asked “When and where do you find you get most of your inspiration and ideas for stories?”

That could have such a quick and simple answer like – teatime in the kitchen or shopping in Ikea – but it really isn’t as simple as that.

I mentioned before that I think ideas are living things, like viruses, they are looking to “get you” to make their idea come true. If you are not the right person, then they fly away to look for someone else – sometimes they even leave you feeling lost and empty – bereft – and sometimes jealous or angry when you see someone else have success with the same idea!

In this video I explain where and when I get ideas and what I do about them when they come knocking on the door!

How to Draw Small Children – spoken tutorial

Cindy, who supports me on Patreon, asked why her drawing of a two year old looked more like a six year old – It’s a common problem.

Two year olds are beyond being babies and toddlers, but they are not grown up into being independent kids. There is a lot of growth in that year – and a lot of tantrums as they force their personalities on the world! They still have baby fat and cute baby proportions, but they are transitioning into being kids too.

So much to think about – If you really want to draw kids, you need to draw a lot of kids! In this video I manipulate Cindy’s beautiful watercolour to try and get somewhere near the right proportions to analyse the problem, then I draw a two year old from my imagination – or memory – to explain further.

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I’m working on a new book about Sir Isaac Newton

I’m working on a new book about Sir Isaac Newton, the Seventeenth Century scientist and mathematician who propounded the laws of Gravity and motion as well as a host of other amazing things.

An illustration I made for Archie’s Math – an interactive math pop-up in Philadelphia

It’s a book for children of ten and up – including adults – who want to get a rough idea about his life without the complex mathematics!

I have a problem with maths myself – more about calculation really. I love the concepts , but can’t seem to get those little numbers to add up! Let me share a few insights with you in this video.

If you would like to help support me in my work, inspiring the scientists of tomorrow, please come over to and buy me a cup of coffee to keep me going!