Tuesday 29 December 2015


Yay, found my photos of ceramics I made many years ago! The clay is coming out of the bags again in 2016, just need to get it wet enough to work it ...

Thursday 17 December 2015

Advent is here

Today, my crafty christmas advent is on SCBWI's online magazine, Words & Pictures.
http://www.scbwishowcase.org/#!Anna Violet/zoom/c1ljm/image_1nbo
Tweetable micro-stories going up this month on twitter #W8PAdvent

Monday 14 December 2015


Blurry sample from my 30 whizzy portraits last friday, my head's still spinning!  
Held in mock photo-booth at Home in Manchester http://homemcr.org/

Friday 11 December 2015

Sketch-O-Matic is back!

Sketch-O-Matic is back in Manchester at Home!
Also in Manchester Evening News http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/sketch-o-matic-booth-returns-10537513
55 artists will be doing quick 5 min portrait sketches from inside a mock-up 'photo' booth.
My slot is tonight 6-8pm. Do come along if you can!

warm-up sketches Anna Violet

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Friday 27 November 2015

Little Red Riding Hood

"She didn’t know what a wicked animal he was, so she wasn’t afraid of him"

(Excerpt from Philip Pullman’s version of “Little Red Riding Hood”, from FAIRY TALES FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM ,Viking, 2012) 

Thursday 5 November 2015

So Chorlton shopping bags

Hooray- I now have my very own So Chorlton bags! Commissioned by Chorlton Traders and now for sale in Chorlton shops. So Chorlton lettering and lychgate illustration by me.

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Colour-in/stick-onto crafty christmas cards

Christmas is coming! Black & white colour-in/stick-onto crafty cards available at The Make It Shop  www.themakeitshop.co.uk

Tuesday 20 October 2015

The Enormous Crocodile

I've been drawing a lot of crocodiles recently!

Monday 28 September 2015

Illustration for 'Good Morning Mr Croco-doco-dile'

Thrilled to have illustrated this wonderful poem - Good Morning Mr Croco-Doco-Dile - by Charles Causley. It's published in a handbook this month by Oxford University Press as part of their excellent 'Read Write Inc' series.

illustration Anna Violet

Monday 31 August 2015

Apple picking patterns

It's apple-picking time already!

Monday 24 August 2015

Chorlton Map 2015-2016 is now out - hooray!

Really chuffed to see the colourful Chorlton map for Chorlton Traders now printed and out in the shops. Map designer Tom Biddle,  black and white illustrations and icons by me :)
map front
centre of map

reverse side with listings
details of listings
details of listings

Tuesday 18 August 2015

Illustration Showcase Edinburgh Book Festival 2015

Yay! My pig is flying at Edinburgh Book Festival (15-31 August) as part of SCBWI (Society Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) Illustrator's Showcase.

Friday 7 August 2015

Chorlton Map due out soon

Here's a screenshot from last month's Community Index, showing how the Chorlton Map for Chorlton Traders was beginning to take shape. Looking forward to seeing the map in print - map designed and put together by Tom Biddle, and I have illustrated all the buildings and icons.

Mudpie Mo: Part 4

Mudpie Mo is making mudpie pictures today. The 4th instalment is out online today at scbwi Words & Pictures.

Monday 20 July 2015

Mudpie Mo: Part 3

Misreading your story spells?

Need to develop a strong voice as a children's book author?

Follow the latest Mudpie Mo on SCBWI's online magazine, Words and Pictures

Saturday 4 July 2015

SCBWI mask-making at Manchester Children's Book Festival Fun Day

Enjoyed being involved with mask-making workshops on the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) stall at Manchester Children's Book Festival Fun Day (http://www.mcbf.org.uk/about)last weekend.

We had bears, elephants, crocodiles, dogs and chimpanzees, but cats were by far the favourite choice by children. Every mask was different and we used the wonderful range of materials from Grumpy scrapstore (www.grumpy.org.uk)

Lots of fun workshops by children's authors and illustrators.  Plus an excellent SCBWI Pulse Panel Event on 26th June, So When Are You Going to Write for Grown-Ups, chaired by Marie Basting and with panel members author Jonathan Mayhew (Mortlock, Monster Odyssey Series), illustrator/author Kate Pankhurst (Mariella Mystery Series plus much more) and Julia Churchill of AM Heath Literary Agency.

Friday 12 June 2015

Mudpie Mo

How not to write picture books? Follow Mudpie Mo on SCBWI's Words & Pictures online magazine, up today.

Tuesday 9 June 2015

Chorlton Cross

New prints of Chorlton Cross now for sale at The Make It Shop, Chorlton.