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What’s it like to be an author?


I visited St Paul’s Primary School in Gloucester recently, and some of the children still had questions to ask when our time was up. I Asked their teacher Mrs Bevan, to send me an email with the questions I hadn’t answered and promised to make a video for her and her class 5.

Having made the video, I though I might share it with my subscribers and viewers too!

I mention that Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, is my favourite book. I made a video explaining why here: https://youtu.be/sH4sYranmbg

How to draw Cartoons with Grey Scale Watercolour


I was wondering what to draw when I saw a tweet that read: “As much as I love birds, they don’t seem to like me. Last year I got attacked by a crow & today multiple geese chased me down the canal…” That seemed like a good thing to draw

I met Sanne – whose youtube channel is http://www.youtube.com/Booksandquills – in 2011, when we both won the YouTube NextUp Competition. Sanne was then at University in Holland, but nowadays I bump into her at publishing events as she is now working in London in publishing.

You Can get the Pentel Aquash Brush here in the Uk http://bit.ly/PentelAquabrushUK
and here in the US http://bit.ly/PentelAquashBrushUSA

and the The Cotman sketching watercolour set here in the UK http://amzn.to/1gNpZ8s
and in the US here: http://amzn.to/1gaG6qA
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How to Draw a Happy Cat – Scrwlrbox opening & #Scrwlrchallenge


This month’s #scrawlrboxopening and #scrawlrchallenge is how to draw a Happy Cat using as many of the materials supplied in this month’s scrawlr box. Scrawler box will send you exciting new art materials to try out every month, so you can experiment with different types of materials and media. You can find out more at http://www.scrawlrbox.co.uk

In this box:
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
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A wide selection of refillable double–ended markers that boast a broad chisel nib for large area fills and a fine bullet tip for more fine detailed work. The ergonomic, rubber gripped, hexagonal barrel also provides greater comfort whilst colouring,

Staedtler 308 Pigment Liner Pen 0.3
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A quality opaque black flneline pen with a long metal tip, for seamless use with rulers and templates. The pigment ink is indelible, lightfast, waterproof and quick drying, so no smudges.
Zig Brushables Two-Tone Brush Pen
Get them here in the UK: http://amzn.to/2fxvE87
A marker with a clever concept: one end lays down a fully pigmented colour, whilst the other applies a 50% tint of the same colour. Use the light end to work over the dark ink for a smoother, more even blend.
Staedtler Mars Lumograph Pencil set
Get it here in the UK: http://amzn.to/2eNh4Z3
Get HB here in the USA: http://amzn.to/2fxwm5m
The Lumograph Pencil is a great choke of pencil for all types of drawing and sketching. The lead is super bonded, which makes it more break resistant, but it is still easy to erase and very easy to sharpen.
Staedtler Mars Rasor Eraser Pencil
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Get it here in the USA: http://amzn.to/2f61Igz
An eraser pencil for fine point detail erasing, that also has a brush on one end for deaning your page. You can even sharpen it with any good-quality standard pencil sharpener.
Canson Bristol Paper 250gsm
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This paper has an extra smooth, strong, clean white, acid-free surface perfect for using with markers.