Category Archives: Motivation

Children’s Book Illustration Master Class

I had an email from Galya, an art student from Wales, wanting to ask me questions for her dissertation. I made a video for her, which I thought might be interesting for others to watch too.

Here are her questions:

1. Do you think that the different areas of illustration(picturebooks, editorial, etc.) differ a lot in terms of the methods you use to visually communicate the idea or message that you want to convey and how?

2. Focusing specifically on your children’s books illustration, do you have to adapt your methods of illustration individually for each book? If so, in what way?

3. How do you select the colours that you use and is there a specific meaning or message in the colours you choose?

If this suggests questions you would like me to talk about on a video, please feel free to ask.

Here are the links to other videos mentioned in the video:

How to draw in Adobe Flash/Animator

Greyscale painting

Euclid Videos

See inside my Current Sketchbooks

Have a look inside my current sketchbook books. I’ve got a few on the go. Some I prefer using some days and sometimes I just want something small to slip in my pocket and be discreet with.

I’ve been very busy recently, out and about, here and there, so it’s all a bit messy but shows what is filling my mind at the moment.

You can find out more about James Mayhew here:  and here: 

You can buy the Gaspard the Fox book book here in the uk https://amzn.to/2PhTbfC
and here in the USA https://amzn.to/2JQ68Y4
and here in Canada https://amzn.to/2RJjvfr

On tour- Brussels – London – Suffolk

I even designed the cover of the brochure and posters!

What does an author do all day? Last week I went to the British School in Brussels then back to London for a day seminar near Euston, then off to Suffolk for the Lavenham Children’s Literary Festival then on to Ely near Cambridge to have a meeting with a potential new publisher.

I was so pleased to get back home and to crash out in my own bed and sleep without having to get up to get anywhere – luxury!