It sure is hot out here…

From a book of pen drawings done only on sunny days in various locations. 

Acquerello frizzante…

Drawing on the top of my friend's house in Pisa means that watercolour and ink dries quickly and a picture can progress without much waiting around. Not that I have a lot to do today. It's almost alarming just how fast I can paint thanks to the hot sun. The only restriction is water, which is in high demand for the mixing of paint and human consumption. These are painted with the finest Italian drinking water. 

Versus nature…

 

Try doing this with a Kindle…

I was pleased to see a book I designed being used to support a sofa when the measly wooden leg gave way. Is there nothing a printed book can't do? We estimate you'd need nine Kindles (or similar) to achieve the same effect.

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen Ovid

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen Ovid

The shape of clouds to come…

 

Lauren Child, Children's Laureate …

In Hull (City of Culture, 2017) today, Lauren was named Children's Laureate 2017-2019.

I can't think of a better choice and knowing how enthusiastic she is about the subject of writing and illustrating, it should be a breeze for her. Go Lauren!

 

lauren child children's laureate 2017-2019

The sky as my telephone sees it…

 

In Honour of The Flyover and fish and chips…

Two views of the beautiful Hammersmith Flyover: one near the Apollo and the other from near the estate at the end of the bridge. There was once a good fish and chip shop beneath the flyover but it's gone. Happy National Fish and Chip Day.

WE HAVE A WINNER…

Thank you for all the entries naming insects for the competition to win the first copy of the new book.

However, there can only be one winner and the contest is just 24 hours young and someone has come forward to claim the prize. The correct answer is the humble BED BUG.

A global problem, the bed bug has afforded our winner the signed copy and much envy from fellow entrants.

Congratulations Agnela F from Goa in India.

Thanks again to everybody who entered.

(For the attention of Robert from Bowling Green, Kentucky: a mouse is not an insect but they can be very annoying all the same.)

Translation: Cimicidae.

Translation: Cimicidae.