Somehow we're already into February, and doing a review of 2015 feels a bit weird now, so I'll keep it brief ;)
Within days of my visit to Bright in January, I was asked if I'd be interested in working on a couple of pre-school picturebooks. Of course I said yes! These would be the first books I'd ever been involved in and, even though I'm well into my 40s, I'm pretty sure I did a little jig around the living room. One involved a gang of farm animals who help tidy-up and the other was a variation of the well-known Shoo Fly, featuring a cow who's being pestered by a pesky fly. Both were fun to work on, and I really felt like I learnt a lot in terms of composition as well as figuring out a few strengths and weaknesses in my work. And Cantata - who published Shoo Fly - were obviously please with what I created as I was then given another 4 titles to illustrate.
In other news, 2015 was a great year for making new friends. In August, fellow illustrator Tim Budgen organised The Pencil Wobblers Picnic in Hyde Park - coming face-to-face with a bunch of arty folk who I only really knew through Twitter was a little daunting, but luckily they all turned-out to be super-lovely people, happy to share advice and info on all kinds of things. Fingers crossed there'll be another one this year.
Closer to home, I stumbled across a local group of creatives who meet once a month in my home-town of Stratford-on-Avon. Organised by artist Evgenia Golubeva, it's been a fantatstic way to meet local creatives, from illustrators and animators to writers and musicians. Hopefully this will continue and flourish - being able to get out and talk about stuff has proved incredibly useful.
There's probably all sorts of other things I could write about, but it's all so last year now.