What it feels like to write a picture book

I often get asked for advice by people who want to write picture books. What I think you should know is what it feels like to produce a picture book story. The questions I get asked most often are “how do you get the ideas” and “how long did it take you to find a publisher”. Sometimes they ask “isn’t… Read more →

ART IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN

Here are some children. Here is a basket of colourful pencils. Art is about to happen. The children know exactly what to do with this big basket of colourful pencils: dig with both hands. Dig right to the bottom. The rattle of pencils is the ritual that has to come before the concentrated frowning and the murmured incantations: This is… Read more →

Manx Literature Festival

The Kraken went to the Isle of Man!

We had a wonderful two days of workshops and school visits.

THANK YOU EVERYONE!

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The Kraken Rises!

Hello Everyone! We are about to move our studio to South London and start giving art lessons for all ages and skill levels, starting ASAP. We’re researching and stocking great art materials and making lesson plans for walk-in workshops as well as courses. We will also offer sketching trips, portfolio surgery, life drawing (or “draw for your life”, as we… Read more →