Well, I’ve been meaning to get this blog up and running for ages but have just been too busy (or watching Madmen and Homeland or making castles out of cardboard boxes). But now, now I intend to show little snippets of what I’m up to with my illustrations more regularly and it's all seamlessly linked to my website. Peter James Field (peterjamesfield.co.uk), in my studio, drew the portrait picture!
Tom and Millie’s World.
I’m very excited about these books. This one's out now in hardback, the next one, "Tom and Millie's Whizzy Busy People" out in March 2013.
As a child I loved books with lots of detail in them. Books you could pore over and come back to again and again to search for and discover new things. It had to be a warm and friendly place, somewhere you would want to return to, somewhere with little incidents going on that reflect a small child’s life. A world that a parent and child could talk about and explore together. Like the world of Richard Scarry books.
That’s what I wanted to create with the world of Tom and Millie.
In “Tom and Millie’s Great Big Treasure Hunt” you have to spot more and more of their friends as they lead you through the book looking for the Very Important Things on their list. It’s not until the grand finale that you find out what these things are all for. They go searching in exciting and familiar places like the beach, the playground, the soft play centre, even a farmer’s market.
Here’s the beach scene that the cover is based on. Is the little pig’s reluctance to have sun cream put on at all familiar? The owl and the pussycat are there too!
And here's the Farmer's Market, (I love wild mushrooms and include them at every opportunity! Can you find them?)