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Picture Hooks – launch

Picture Hooks: Getting the Hang of Illustrating Children’s Picture Books.

I have been working on a series of illustrations for a children’s picture book idea, with the support and guidance of the amazing Debi Gliori. The launch was on Friday 30th October at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh and runs until the end of February.

The Picture Hooks programme, funded by Creative Scotland, provides an opportunity for emerging Scottish illustrators to develop their practice under the guidance of established professional illustrators.

Here’s a few snaps from the night (photography courtesy of Picture Hooks):

Looking surprised with the Picture Hook’s mentees: Tracey, Catherine, me, Maisie and Hannah

Debi and me having a blether

The exhibition is located in the IT Gallery of the Scottish National Gallery (Princes Street Gardens entrance) until the 26th of February 2016. If you get a chance to visit, it would be great to get your thoughts on the whole show. There’s some amazing and diverse work featured and I feel really honoured to have been given the opportunity to show my work alongside such a great troop of illustrators.

Huge thanks to the whole Picture Hooks team, the staff at The National Gallery and Debi Gliori for her amazing guidance.

Museum Mouse

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Museum mouse has been scampering about for a couple of months now, so I’m a little late in the day with this blog post. However I thought it might be a nice opportunity to share some of the prep work that went into mouses development.

This was a great project to work on for Glasgow Museums, and I was chuffed to get the gig, with mice popping up in other creative projects Grandad and Me this year too (more on that in the next post).

This mouse however, features in the ’25 Things To Do In Glasgow Museums Before You’re 5′ booklet and can be picked up from any of Glasgow’s museums. Here’s a bit of blurb from the Evening Times explaining it a little more….

The booklet follows a furry friend, Museum Mouse, around Glasgow’s nine museums.

As he goes, he suggests fun things to see and do in each free museum.

Children have been set a challenge – can they visit all nine museums, and complete the things listed, before they turn five?

Chairman of Glasgow Life, Archie Graham, said: “Visitors continue to flock to all nine Glasgow Museums, with over 3 million attendances recorded last year alone.

“A huge number of these are by families with small children.

“When you look at the incredible objects on display it is easy to see how with a little imagination and explanation the city’s museums can open up a whole new world to even the youngest of visitors.

“I know that if parents can spare a little time to help them enjoy the many adventures detailed in this new booklet, they could give their child a lifelong love of exploring, investigating and enjoying arts and culture.

“And I think that is a truly wonderful gift to give the next generation.”

Youngsters are encouraged to go on a dragon hunt at the Burrell, visit the peephole in GoMA inspired by the inside of a whale or dress up as characters from Sleeping Beauty at Kelvingrove Museum.

What’s not to love?

Here’s some of the prep work that went into finding the right mouse….

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….and here’s a wee snap from the Daily Record, featuring Cameron, Molly and Eva, all taking part in the challenge.

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and here’s one of the drawings of our mouse, doing a bit of exploration of his own.

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For those interested, here’s a little more information on how to get your under 5 year olds started:

The booklets are available from any one of our nine venues and are free of charge. Just ask for one at the Enquiries Desk during your visit. Once your child has completed the activities for that venue, head back to the Enquiries Desk to get a sticker to put in your booklet.

Why not take on our challenge and try to visit all nine museums and complete ​the 25 activities listed?
Once you have finished all 25 things, download the certificate from the link at the side.

Links:

http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/about-glasgow-museums/Pages/25-Things.aspx

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/13306405.25_Things_To_Do_in_Glasgow____before_you_turn_FIVE/

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/forget-things-before-you-die-5559482

Grandma and her wee dug

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Hello there, been a bit on the quiet side the last few months, sorry about that….but I’m back with a few new doodles to show. First up is Granny! This is a bit of concept work for a children’s picture book story that I am hoping to develop over the summer. It’s been great to start thinking about new characters and stories and I have a little idea that is shaping up nicely. I’ll put a bit more info up about it all soon, so keep an eye (or both) on those social media thingymabobbys.