Absolute crazy town. That was August.
I recently entered an illustration competition put on by Walker Books. They wanted to see a few illustrations from a personal project, so I chose a story written by my husband, Sam, that has been in the works for a while.
We had been inspired during lock down to write a book about a boy who, against his mother’s will, goes on an adventure into strangers homes and meets various interesting (and bizarre) people. It was really fun coming up with the images & maybe I’ll finish illustrating the whole story now that I’ve gotten off to a good start. We shall see!
I also entered an illustration competition hosted by Picture Hooks - a company set up to help and promote aspiring illustrators.
The prompt was “Oh No” which I enjoyed because it allowed a lot of room for creative interpretation. It was hard to narrow down the ideas!!
What do you think? Can you feel the essence of “Oh no”?
NO MORE MONKEYS
After a long and arduous journey trying to get both soft and hard covers designed, No More Monkeys Jumping On the Bed (and other things the doctor NEVER said) by Rudi Gesch IS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE!
If you haven’t already, you can see what the book is about, why it was written, and how to order it on the author’s website here: https://nomoremonkeysbook.com/
Illustrations and cover are all done and sent to the publishers. Ready to be released Spring 2024!!
Again, such a beautiful project and I’m still reminiscing the joy of illustrating it.
Here’s a little sneak peak of one of the spreads:
“The Baboon Book”
Working on this book gives me the laugh I need throughout the day.
I don’t think I’ve ever drawn more monkey bottoms in all my life.
Something I never thought I’d ever say.
I haven’t done a portrait in a good long while and I genuinely miss it. So, if anyone fancies commissioning a portrait- you know where to find me. Pets and people alike!
These days have been busy. It’s such a blessing to be active but finding time to breath amidst moving house, looking after my husband who’s just had knee surgery, becoming an auntie for the first time (ahhhh so beautiful), juggling several creative projects, and having a social life (lol), is sometimes a challenge.
And in the moments when life looks more like a challenge to be overcome rather than a blessing to be enjoyed, I hop into a bubble bath, light some candles, turn my music on, and take comfort in this thought from my favourite book,
Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
I haven’t said thank you in while, but I want you to know I am thankful that you choose to read these newsletters and journey with me.
My inbox is always open to you.