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Augmented reality is forever stepping up its game and this time it has found another way into the creative world, but this time it’s all about colouring. 2015 was the beginning of an increasing awareness for mindfulness, with over 3 million copies of mindfulness colouring books for adults being sold that year. And following the success of this colouring craze, we soon found a rise in colouring apps – removing the need for a flat surface and an entire tin of pencils.But whether you found yourself on the side of technology or good old fashioned art supplies, it was clear this was a trend that was going to stick.So where to next?After mindfulness colouring books, calendars, diaries and more, it was only a matter of time before we saw the next big step. Today I saw an advert on Instagram for an augmented reality colouring app, allowing…

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Presenting my entry for Illustration Friday. The theme was sprout. Hopefully the connection is clear 🙂 It was such an awesome programme when I was younger! Oh my gosh, who remembers the films…

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There always seems to be an ongoing debate over children’s literature and what we think is ‘right’ for children to read. If you haven’t seen it, there was an interesting video circulating Facebook a week or so ago, titled ‘If Cinderella were a guy’, promoting a new book of ‘good night stories for rebel girls’. And all I can say is what a disappointment the whole post turned out to be. I was infuriated by it. But before I begin I will do the usual ‘everything in this post is my opinion and my views may or may not be shared by anyone else’, just in case. By the way, a link to the video can be found here.My thoughts on the videoSo, the video opens with a male voice over stating ‘If Cinderella were a guy’, but the following screen then says there was a…

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What makes a children’s fiction book desirable for parents? Is it the compelling plot? The design? The cost? Or perhaps it’s what they think their child will take away from it? (Notice how I’m deliberately focussing on this being the parents’ choice).Some contextAs part of my day-time job, I spend days and days telling the general public why they shouldn’t feed the wild ponies. Why? Because not only is it bad for them, it can cause them act aggressively towards those who (quite rightly) won’t surrender their picnic, and it encourages them to loiter near roads and places where there are lots of people and potential snackage.We use printed articles and leaflets, social media, blog posts, and still we encounter this behaviour of feeding and petting wild animals. So why is this? Stubbornness to accept that their behaviour is in some…

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Drawing – making Mondays bearable since time began!This is a first draft of a new scene I’m working on. It needs some neatening up and extra bits added in, but it turned out okay.It will also be the first time I create a version of something with textures on top. So the final stage will be to create fur, grass and rock textures.As always, let me know what you think because I’m still learning and so feedback and tips are always welcome…

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They were everywhere, but now they’re nowhere. Six word stories took the internet by storm, but nowadays we’re lucky to see the odd post reflecting on their brilliance.What made them so popular? They were captivating. An entire story in one line; superb.Wait … ‘an entire story in six words’ – that’s six words long! *Epiphany music plays* (Whatever epiphany music may be – suggestions welcome).Anyway, they caught our attention and sent our imaginations wild with possibilities. You could read one hundred stories in minutes and suddenly feel inspired to do your own.But here is where the problem lies. Where do they lead? They are, after all, an entire story. They are everything that needs to be said. Sure, they could turn into the plot for a book or short story, but that one line of brilliance is then lost.So, I sat racking my brain trying…

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My first digital creation

Introducing the Bear Family (original name, I know!)This is the first digital illustration I’ve completed and I’m super proud of my first attempt. Story pending…

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Hunting down my childhood

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‘We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We’re not scared.’Channel 4’s latest advert has succeeded in doing what none of the big name Christmas adverts have been able to this year; get me excited for Christmas.A timeless classic from my childhood is being made into a short film and I genuinely can’t wait. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen will be hitting our television screens this Christmas.The advert took me by surprise. The melody was exactly how I remember singing it as a child; beat for beat (although after some googling I found the melody written out, so perhaps it’s no coincidence that everyone sings or shouts it the same way).Within seconds I was remembering the wavy grass, oozy mud and gloomy cave. And how could…

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Winnie the Pooh turns 90

Firstly, if I can look as good as Winnie the Pooh does at 90 I’ll be happy as Larry. Secondly, who even is Larry?Moving swiftly on …So Friday 14 October was the 90th anniversary of the beloved children’s character Winnie the Pooh.Author’s Jeanne Willis, Kate Saunders, Brian Sibley and Paul Bright have created the official sequel to celebrate this milestone. But it’s Sibley’s story ‘Winter’, featuring the first new authorised character based on one of Christopher Robin’s toys, Penguin, that’s caught the attention of the media.Four books form the celebratory series called Winne the Pooh: The Best Bear in the World, published by Egmont Publishing (who have joint ownership to the right of Winnie The Pooh with Disney).Everyone in my household grew up with A. A. Milne’s tales of Pooh Bear and his friends in the Hundred Acre…

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