Friday, 19 September 2014

The Affordable Art Fair!

The Affordable Art Fair comes to Bristol this weekend, and Brillustration are going to be there! 

The Affordable Art Fair Bristol gives everyone the chance to own a piece of original art, providing a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere to browse, buy and enjoy contemporary art. 55 galleries from both the local area and nationwide are showcasing a range of paintings, original artist-made prints, sculpture and photography. 

Last night was the private view where some of us Brillustrators had an evening out to browse the artwork, mingle and meet Stella the Bulldog!

Over the weekend, myself (Paula Bowles)  and Shaun Julian will be running a workshop in character drawing (Saturday 12 - 2pm), and on Sunday it's the 'Brillustration Takeover!' We will be taking over the education space as artists in residence, inviting people to take part in a live draw and create a collaborative mural which will develop over the day.

More info HERE!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Sarah Warburton on summer, pebbles and the internet.

The one where we turned off the internet….

As the kids go back to school, I thought I'd try and get back into the day to day swing of things by writing my own summer holiday notes.

I spent most of August on Anglesey, North Wales. It's where I grew up, where my parents still live and where we all seem to migrate back to in the summer to regroup, drink lots of tea and spend hours on various beaches.

Despite all this beach combing and fresh air, with several adults, teenagers, various aged children, 1 desktop pc, 4 laptops, 4 tablets and 3 smartphones in the house inevitably the internet wireless signal was working it's little heart out most hours. One day I really think The Internet threw a big strop and flounced off. Signals were intermittent and weak. So we did a rare thing and turned it off! After several moments of panicked teenage faces "I've got no signal!" everyone excepted it and looked around for what to do. After several pots of tea and a few laps of the garden on bikes, we turned to the bucket of pebbles that had been collected over weeks that languished by the back door. This is the result! 

The children's array of painted pebbles - Dr Who appears a bit as Peter Capaldi 12th Doctor was about to debut on

Then I got hooked myself and probably took it all a bit too seriously - in the most fun way I could!

Owls for my sister.

After about 4 hours we turned the internet back on and normal service was resumed. However it was great having all these faces and painted pebbles to look at. 

I'm as guilty as anyone at times for just sitting and scanning my phone and social media. Sometimes I think I really need to switch it off more often to actually create something unexpected. It was one of the most enjoyable things I've done in a long time. 

I might just leave a little face on the beach amongst the pebbles……

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Spring and Summer arrive in Paperback!

Every month or so we will be encouraging one Brillustrator to take over the blog and put up a post...

Brillustrator of the month... June Goulding

A common perception of picture book illustrators is that we spend our days drawing fluffy bunnies!
In my case, this is very often true . . . I tend to draw a lot of bunny characters for books.

This month, two stories illustrated with my bunny characters have become available as paperback books.

Breezy Bunnies (a spring story) and Sunny Bunnies (a summer story)

Written by Margie Blumberg and illustrated by June Goulding (me), these two rhyming stories star Millie and Jimmy, sibling bunnies who live and play in Carrot Cake Park.

I completed the artwork for Breezy Bunnies and Sunny Bunnies a few years ago and they have been available as children's apps since then, but it is a pleasure to hold the printed books in my hands at last.

Here is a preview of Breezy Bunnies in app form.

For me personally, there is no substitute for a printed book.  
Apps and iBooks have gained their place in sharing stories and can include interactive fun that can only be activated digitally, but printed paper books are where my heart lies. 

I also prefer to work traditionally, on watercolour paper with watercolour paints and coloured pencils, but I do use digital software to enhance my work and prepare the image files. I'm not totally against all things digital!

Painting a spread from Breezy Bunnies
Almost completed artwork

There's a slideshow on my website showing my working process in case you're interested in learning more about that!

Click here to visit MB Publishing's website for the many ways to own Breezy Bunnies as a book or an iPad app.

Or purchase a paperback book through Amazon UK HERE.

ISBN:  978-0-9913646-1-9 (paperback) 

Or purchase a paperback book through Amazon UK HERE.

ISBN: 978-0-9913646-0-2 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0-9624166-4-4 (hardcover)

So, can you guess what I am currently working on? 
What follows spring and summer?
Yes, it's the third Carrot Cake Park Tale with Millie and Jimmy, and it takes place in autumn (fall).

Pencil sketch for Busy Bunnies

I can't show you any of the artwork yet as it's a secret, but here is a pencil sketch I did when thinking about the next cover design.
By the time this book is available as a paperback, it will probably be my turn to post on the Brillustration blog once again!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Green Man Ramble!!

This year I was surprised and chuffed in equal measure to be invited to the Green Man Festival to run a daily hour long SketchCrawl (like a pub crawl except no pubs and drawing instead of beer!) around Einstein's Garden -  the fascinating area of the site dedicated to all things science .

I love the Green Man Festival, so this was a real dream gig for me... so I had to do something good in return. I'll confess to a slight dose of nerves beforehand... There's no shortage of amazing things to draw in Einstein's Garden. But how many people would come; would I get mostly adults or children and how could I appeal to them both? And an hour..that's no time at all for a SketchCrawl but a potentially a very long time in festival land...

Whilst hatching a plan I printed up a tonne of sketchbooks, went silly buying up pencils (including watercolour ones in case of rain!!) and made a silly hat.

We'd do a whistle-stop tour of Einstein's Garden, stopping for 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes to take in everything from dragon sculptures to leaf patterns, ducks to skeletons, to guys singing about squirrels to... well you get the idea.  People could stay for the full hour or just for 5 minutes, but when they left they were politely asked to draw like a fiend for the rest of the weekend, and told they could keep their sketchbook and pencil to do it with. Did it work?

Thanks to the lovely people who joined me each day - hell yes!

I need to apologise at this point for the fact that I captured only a fraction of the pictures and locations drawn...I didn't have much snapping time!  Also the grown ups don't really get a fair representation artwork wise... if I can I will rectify that!

I'd like to thank everyone who came along with me for being ace.  Gold stars go to the pair top right in the pic above - they were my first punters and they came back the next day..with a new sketchbook needed to replace one that had been filled!  

I would also like to thank the lovely crew, performers and punters of Einstein's Garden and Green Man in general for one of the best weekends I've ever had. 

I should mention that anyone can organise a SketchCrawl anywhere anytime - to find out more look here:

Finally -it's all very well getting other folks to draw, but did I practise what I preached? Well yes I did (after a sit down) - I'll post some scribbles on my blog soon...

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Brillustrator of the month .. Luella Jane Wright.

Every month or so we will be encouraging one Brillustrator to take over the blog and put up a post ...

OK, so the school holidays are here and if you have little ones you'll be trying to figure out how entertain them for the 60,480 minutes of the holidays (I did have to google that) or at least for half an hour so you can have a quick spritzer (or is that just me, my mum is from Essex after all).
Well I've been working with the Jungle Group on some illustrations for a series of children's apps for the lovely Justin Fletcher. This next lot is due for release in time for the holidays.
They're made for ages 5 and under and are a combination of puzzles, colouring in, videos, songs, games and loads more. 

So while you sit back in the sunshine, you can relax, knowing that your little ones are not only having fun, but learning things too. Just don't let them drop your iPad in the swimming pool!

If however, like me you don't have an iPhone or iPad you'll have to entertain them manually, I find pens and paper are quite good for that. Here's some of the images from the new lot, and from previous apps. Bottoms up!

luella jane wright - animator/illustrator

tel - 07968 737752

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Lauren and Sarah get down with Peppa!

On June 28th Brillustrators Lauren Tobia and Sarah Warburton took their pens and got involved in the fabulous launch event for Routes to Reading which is a baby book club aimed at first steps in reading for 0 - 3 year olds. There was lots going on - Lauren and Sarah set up camp by the windows and spent the day surrounded by children. Many of them were more than keen to get involved and draw their own doodles on the window 'wall'. We had lots of colouring in, lots of sticking, reading and lots of fun!

Ready, Pens….Go! Note the sticker that says 'No Plan'!

Authors Michelle Robinson (Goodnight Digger, Goodnight Tractor and 'How to Find a Fruit Bat' with our own Lauren Tobia) and Paul Stickland (Dinosaur Roar! and Dinosaur Stomp!) gave readings and workshops, also Esther from Bristol's well known 'Rhymetime' gave us all a musical session. Towards the end of the day Peppa Pig herself turned up to a raucous reception (including Lauren and Sarah!)

Michelle Robinson reads to an attentive audience.
Paul Stickland works his magic.

It was such a great day, with a huge turnout that didn't seem to tail off at all during the day. It was great to see so many children and parents having so much fun surrounded by books they knew and new titles they didn't. Well done to everyone involved.

a seagull doesn't think much of Lauren lovely white pen doodles.
Sarah meets a 'Dinosaurs in the Supermarket' fan.