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Illustrating Dragon Gold

DragonGoldFrontcoverComing soon! I’m working on the final artwork for my new book, Dragon Gold, which will be published in May by Firefly Press, the new and first children’s book publisher in Wales. It’s an honour to have been asked to write one of Firefly’s launch titles and I’ve had a lot of fun writing it.

Harri never wins anything at school, because Ryan’s Dad has a lot of time on his hands and makes sure that Ryan wins everything. Dragon Gold is the story of how Harri and Ryan’s Dad battle it out to win Dragon Gold, the prize for making a model dragon fly for over 10 seconds at the school Eisteddfod.

What’s an Eisteddfod? fireflyWell you’ll have to read the book to find out! It’s set in Wales, in a town that is a mixture of places I know well, like Machynlleth, Portmadoc, many schools and towns in the Valleys of South Wales and my Grandmother’s Birthplace, Hollywell.

In this video I talk a bit about the book and show the techniques I use for the illustrations.

How to stretch watercolour paper


paperstrecthEver painted a picture and the paper all wrinkles up on you? Here’s the solution you’ve been looking for!

You probably decided water-colour painting wasn’t worth the effort because the paper crinkled. Well well, now you can go back and try again and have wonderful professional results. And it is amazing how much better a simple picture looks when it is neat and flat!

Dampen the back of the paper and lay it on a board, damp side down.

Then glue it to the table with wetted, gummed paper tape. Let it all dry so the paper stretches nice and tight and start painting. When you are finished, let it dry out slowly then carefully cut it off the board with a craft knife. And … Voila! A lovely, flat masterpiece!

The paper I use in this video is really cheap, thin photocopy paper. You can do this with bristol or cartridge paper or watercolour paper. The higher the quality of the paper, the better the finished result will be.

Watercolour 101 – How to get started watercolour painting


Get started with watercolour paints in this simple first steps video and learn the basics of colour washes. Just keep practicing and you will soon be creating beautiful, even colour washes/.

I got my light box from eyebright.co.uk (no I don’t get anything for telling you that, it’s just that people ask) 🙂

I’ll be doing new watercolour videos very soon