I haven’t learned how to use the scanner yet, so this is a photo again.
Here I go. The reason why I went to the moon for my birthday page one.
Thanks for taking the time to look and read.
Last summer I wrote a children’s book. Then I didn’t illustrate it because I needed to finish my degree. Then— I dunno. I completed the degree in May. Since then I’ve illustrated 1.667 of 32 pages. I’m good at starting things, but not so great at finishing (e.g. Cooking tips). Two notable exceptions are said degree (BA Culinary Arts, first class honours) and a weird little bird book I made a few years ago. I want this children’s book to join the notable exceptions. And so…
Every Monday starting 21 July I will be posting a page of the book in the Secret Comics Club section of jqgill.com and here and probably on Flickr. The page will just be the raw scan, pre-photoshopping and colouring, but it will give people a chance to enjoy the story and maybe become interested in buying the actual book when it is finished sometime in 2015. It will also give people the opportunity to give feedback. I haven’t got an editor or publisher, but there are a bunch of you, and you are clever and have thoughts, and you might like to share those thoughts with me.
I’m trying to take my own advice.
10½ months after I wrote it, I’ve finally drawn the first page of my children’s book. (Still needs to be scanned, tidied and coloured.)
‘All This and Heaven Too’ by Florence + The Machine
This song should be sappy and saccharin and horrible. Instead, it’s perfect.
The graduating hippopotamus of earnestness and gratitude is helping me thank people who helped me along the way to my degree.
Remember external antennas on mobile phones?
Trying to remember how to draw. (I may have made up the quote, but that doesn’t mean that it’s untrue and I’m not a biologist.)
‘Dance Apocalyptic’ by Janelle Monáe
The first time my two year-old saw this she held her breath the whole way through. Also, best mic drop ever.
‘Blush’ by Wolf Alice is my new jam.
‘Die in the Summertime’ by Manic Street Preachers
The @Manics played this last night in Manchester. Incredible.
‘A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying the Moon’ by Foster the People is my new jam.