Thursday, 8 March 2018

Illustrations for Stories2Connect

Sequence for 'The Serious Business of Hiding the Ball', Stories2Connect
original b&w version
Thrilled to see my illustrations for The Serious Business of Hiding the Ball', part of Stories2Connect Project, are now online. These stories will also be part of a phygital project, where digital stories will be put into physical projects.

Here is the blurb about the story:-
The Serious Business of Hiding a Ball was co-created by young people and the author, Amy Lee Tempest, using ‘story-making dice’ designed by the Stories2Connect project team. The story features a dog called Baxter who dreams of becoming an astro-physicist but feels anxious about his first day at school. Baxter has a special ball that helps him to cope when he is feeling nervous. In fact, his ball is his world, but Baxter is worried that the other dogs at school might not understand. On his way to school Baxter meets a new friend who helps him to realise that the solution to his problem was right under his nose all along…
This story was illustrated by Anna Violet and is aimed at young children and families. The story is especially relevant for children and young people who sometimes struggle to cope with change or new situations.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

The Fox the Crow and the Cheese (Aesops)

Some new illustrations using the original text from Aesops.
1. A Fox once saw a Crow fly off with a piece of
cheese in its beak and settle on the branch of a tree

2. "That's for me as I am Fox," said Master Reynard
as he walked to the foot of the tree.
"Good day Mistress Crow," he cried.

Sketch (Anna Violet)
The Crow lifted her head and began to CAW her best,
but the moment she opened her mouth the piece of
cheese FELL to the ground...

sketch (Anna Violet)
"Do not trust flatterers!"

Friday, 22 December 2017

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Lake of the Moon

My illustrations for The Lake of the Moon were published last month in That's Incredible! (Comprehension X, Oxford University Press, 2017). This is an ancient Indian fable rewritten by Narinder Dhami and aimed at primary school children, Years 4-6.
Here's a peek at some of the illustrations. The colours alternate between purple and reddish tones.

Saturday, 9 September 2017


A couple of my recent images for stories2connect project, which shares stories of resilience in phygital objects. Looking forward to seeing how this develops.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Puppet fun at Manchester Children's Book Festival

Had lots of puppet fun with SCBWI (Society Children's Book Writers & Illustrators) at Manchester Children's Book Festival family fun day last Saturday. Over 70 characters made by children on the SCBWI stall, including pirates, mermaids, lions, robots, snakes...and a pink yeti!