Tuesday 11 December 2018

Illustrations for 'Once Upon A Winter's Day'

Here are the seven illustrations used at Quarry Bank Mill (National Trust, Cheshire) for 'Once Upon A Winter's Day'

Quarry Bank Mill & House

Reindeer over Apprentice House

Snow Queen in front of Glasshouses

Marley's Ghost with Srooge in Mill Manager's House

Jack Frost 

Nutcracker & Mouse

The Snow Child, Apprentice House Garden

Quarry Bank Mill Christmas

Thrilled to see my illustrations used at Quarry Bank Mill (National Trust), Cheshire in the ‘Once Upon a Winter’s Day' exhibition, based around traditional winter stories. Some images blown up large (by Shankleys printers) on top floor of mill, along with associated activities (plus visits to Santa at weekends). 

Activities include making origami roses (snow queen story), making chains (Marley's Ghost, A Christmas Carol), decorating wood discs to hang up, dressing-up (nutcracker & mouse), sending cards to Santa and finding images of Jack Frost.

Smaller versions of illustrations throughout the grounds and other buildings (and a large splintered version of The Snow Queen too!).

Quarry Bank Mill and River Bollin

Reindeer flying over Apprentice House

Snow Queen in front of Glasshouse

Jack Frost in Lower Garden

Marley's Ghost in Mill Manager's Office

Nutcracker in Quarry Bank House

Snow Child in Apprentice Garden

Friday 12 October 2018

Bolton Art Gallery & Museum Shop

Thrilled to illustrate a new souvenir range of merchandise for Bolton Art Gallery & Museum's recently re-opened shop. Includes mugs, pin badges, fridge magnets and tea-towels. Landmarks featured are Bolton Town Hall, Hall i h'Wood, Smithills Hall, Bolton Parish Church, Ye Olde Man & Scythe, Art Gallery & Museum and Market Place.

Monday 6 August 2018

Street portrait commission

Street portrait illustration commission I did for Marmion Drive last spring. Including cats, dogs, birds, hedgehogs and squirrels. The image can be framed in  portrait or landscape view.

Cherry blossom for wedding service

Cherry blossom illustration commission for wedding service programme cover I did earlier in the year.

Friday 22 June 2018

Bolton mug samples

Tuesday 29 May 2018

More on Outdoor Trail, NT Quarry Bank Mill

Here's the final leaflet for the super Outdoor Trail at National Trust site, Quarry Bank Mill, put together using my illustrations and map.  Love the lettering!

Monday 30 April 2018

Outdoor Play Trail, Quarry Bank Mill, National Trust

Thrilled to illustrate an outdoor children's play trail for Quarry Bank Mill National Trust site in Cheshire earlier this year. The suggested activities include den-building, stick trails, matching colours to plants, pooh sticks, identifying leaves and listening out for particular sounds.

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.
see http://stories2connect.org/our-stories-2/the-serious-business-of-hiding-a-ball/

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!"