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How I Would Draw Piggy & Ralph from Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Ralph and Piggy are two main characters from William Golding’s Classic novel for older children – Lord of the Flies.

Linda, who supports me on Patreon, asked if I could show how I might illustrate the book, as she is a homeschooler and they are studying the book at home.

The video shows how I’d go about creating character sketches were I ever to be commissioned to illustrate the book.

I use Winsor and Newton Neutral Tint watercolour to create the greyscale effect that scans really well. You can get a hi res scan and ad are video when you support me on Patreon – here’s the page link

I’ll be doing more in this series so any comments, thoughts and ideas are very welcome.

The book of Lord of Flies by William Golding here in the UK here in the USA and here in Canada

A Fresh Re-telling of Rudyard Kipling Just So Stories

The Just So Stories were written a long time ago. Times, attitudes and the use of language were very different.

I loved these stories as a child, but when I came to read them to my children, I saw there were problems. Eventually, I decided to do something about it and re-write the stories for today. In fact, all I had to do was chip away the old facade and there, underneath were the stories, as fresh as the day they were written, freed from the past.

Rudyard Kipling was both sensitive and a consummate professional. I’m sure, were he here today, he would have re-written them himself. Indeed, all through the process, I felt him leaning over my shoulder, smiling and winking and nodding his head as I made changes. If I didn’t feel it was okay, I didn’t make the change.

You can get the books and ebooks from amazon links below and watch me read the stories on YouTube from the playlist link below.

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