Messy Martha

Messy Martha, an educational book I illustrated recently, is now available on Reading,
 an excellent resource for teachers.

Here's a couple more images ...


Messy Martha

In the last month I've been working on an educational project for They produce printable PDF's  for teachers around the world to use in their classrooms, which is a neat idea.

So sharing a skirmish of sketches from the project with you here ...

This was a fast turn around project, the kind of thing that keeps body and soul together whilst we work on our BIG and NOT YET COMMISSIONED books and I am very thankful to get work like this. And it's fun!

The images are inked with dipping pen and then coloured in photoshop.

Can you believe it is nearly 2012? I can't. This year has gone quickly ... and yet seems like an age since last January when I was preparing for the winter conference in NY with the SCBWI. I will not be going this year ... which is sad (I long to see all my buddies), but there are other conferences and workshops I want to do. And $$ are not bottomless.

Next post will be a retrospective look at the past year. Heck, you can't miss that! So join the blog, already!

Oh, I have a lot of postcards left from 2012 ... if you would like a bunch, send me a message at


On the bedside table:

Skellig - David Almond
The Flint Heart - Katherine Paterson, John Paterson, John Rocco
Tom's Tweet - Jill Esbaum and Dan Santat
Fancy Nancy Bonjour, Butterfly - Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser
The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse - Eric Carle


This colouring/activity page is for you to print out and give to children - yours, someone else's or to use in a school or library. All I ask is that it is not used for commercial purposes.
Simply click on the image and print for your children to colour.

Don't forget to follow my blog so you will receive the latest Kid's Colouring Page. I will be posting regularly in the New Year.