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The Boy Who Fell Into A Book – Literacy Project

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The Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Outreach Department recently launched an educational literacy project to accompany a new summer musical production of Alan Ackybourn’s play “The Boy Who Fell Into a Book”. For the project I accompanied Diana from the Outreach department on a number of workshops in Brompton and Snainton primary schools, working with the children to develop characters, settings and stories based on the themes of the play. The children worked the characters, etc into performances of their own, and I created illustrations based on what they came up with.

As a starting point I made a couple of sample characters/settings based on suggestions from Diana, then it was up to the children. They came up with monsters, robots, deadly chickens, giant cucumbers, poisonous injections, psycho killers, booby traps and much, much more. This was my first time working on this kind of project and it was a great deal of fun, very inspirational and something I’d hope to do again in the future.

External Link: The Boy Who Fell Into A Book – Literacy Project

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Monsterwood OGN Kickstarter Campaign

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Monsterwood was conceived by Jason Rosen, and further developed by two-time Emmy winner, Louise Gikow (Disney, Jim Henson Productions). The graphic novel is illustrated by Harvey award-winning fantasy artist Steve Ellis (The Only Living Boy, Dungeons & Dragons).

“My experience with creating artwork for Monsterwoood is a joy. I believe that Jason has a really unique and fun project on his hands, which is why I’ve devoted so much time making the world a reality. I’m finding myself able to take all the painting and creature work I’ve done over the years in games, like Dungeons and Dragons and World of Warcraft, and mix in the storytelling skills I developed working in comics. It’s a wonderful adventure,” notes Ellis.

Beyond the completed graphic novel, the campaign offers other exclusives and limited edition rewards including maquettes busts, glicees of pre-production concept paintings, and hand drawn illustrations by Steve Ellis.

External Link: Monsterwood OGN Kickstarter Campaign

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Kiddie Cocktails from Korero Press

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I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with the daddy-o of retro-inspired illustration Derek Yaniger and pop-culture fanatic and vintage font master Stuart Sandler on the book Kiddie Cocktails. The book is a hip retro-styled visual guide to the coolest drink recipes under the sun – minus the hooch!

14.99 GBP – Pound Sterling BUY ME

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The Illustrators’ Fair

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Illustration now has a permanent home, join the House of Illustrations’ grand housewarming season. A free day packed with hands-on workshops, pop up shows, games, workshops, market stalls, music and food. House of Illustration – the world’s first dedicated public gallery of illustration in all its forms – is opening this summer, and we’re celebrating with our Housewarming season of events. Housewarming is supported using public funding by The National Lottery through Arts Council England. Please keep checking back for updates and sneak previews – or follow @illustrationHQ hashtag #illustratorsfair on twitter

External Link: The Illustrators’ Fair at House of Illustration

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