A busy week!

Phew! What a week! Is it only Wednesday??

Yesterday I spent a fabulous day with the brilliant children of Year 2 at Heene First School in Worthing. We had great fun drawing detectives together...here are some of my favourites!

 

We also designed our own characters - I didn't get to photograph many (there were about 78 of you so I'm told! That's a lot of photos!) but here are a few fun ones that were created...

And this morning for World Book Day (I know, I know, it's tomorrow...) I went to Davison High School, also in Worthing, to speak to a hall full of Year 6s! Thank you everyone for being so kind, that's the most people I've spoken to in one go before!

The big crowd of students from different Sussex schools listened very patiently as I told them a bit about being an illustrator and how I work. Then we did some more fabulous character designs - what a talented bunch! I didn't get to photograph everyones work but here are some little gems I spotted:

 

And thank you all for having me!

Antonia x

 

 

Highlights

Good morning!

This is a little illustration I did last summer (a lifetime ago!) which was in the February edition of the delightful US based Highlights High Five magazine for children. The text read:

Blue square, red square, blue square, red.

Grandma's quilt is on my bed.

Red square, blue square, red square, blue.

I know what comes next, do you?

 

 

 Can you spot some patterns?

Recent Roundup

A little roundup of the bits and bobs I've been working on over the last couple of months. And of course the illustrated ice bucket challenge!

 

Here's my contribution to the ALS/MND ice bucket challenge!

The dad of a childhood friend lost his battle with MND when we were only young so I am glad to be able to take part in raising money for the MND Association and their brilliant work in supporting families, raising awareness and funding research to combat this devastating disease.

We've all seen it so I'm sure you're aware, but you can text ICED55 £5 (or other amount) to 70070 to donate.

x

Summer so far...

A bit of a roundup of the last two months. This time last year we were using up a few abandoned sparklers with some of our loveliest friends on our last evening in Lincoln - for tomorrow was moving day! We'd have been there almost ten years by now.

Lincoln, we love and miss you, and Sussex, thanks for taking us in!

 

Summer has arrived!

Hello! I don't know about you, but I feel a bit like summer has crept up on me and suddenly we're in the full bloom of June!

 

This little girl and her elephant are my latest little friends!

I'd love to know what you think of her!

 

 

I also had three appointments last week to share my portfolio with some publishers. Having been about 2 years since I last did the rounds, when I got out my old black ringbound folio I felt it looked rather tired. Time for a new one!

After a little bit of research I discovered (not to my surprise) that all the nicest portfolios are rather expensive, so I decided I'd make a new one. Here are a few snaps of the making of it. (I was going to take shots of the whole process - but basically couldn't be bothered to keep stopping and starting...) It was great fun and I'm rather pleased with the finished result!

What do you think?

 

To tile or not to tile?

I've recently finished illustrating a short story for a US based children's magazine, but I can't decide on the composition for one of the pics!

Which do you prefer?

Which one shall I use??

Post below and let me know!

 Composition 1:

Composition 2:

 

...and a close up!