Thursday, 20 July 2006

'Cor blimey, guv'nor. What a busy time it's been!

The final artwork for Scholastic was sent off two weeks ago with only a few changes. I haven't heard anything back from them, so I'm assuming no news is good news!

Here's a section from it:

I need to find out when it's published.

Since then I've been working on Lovely Jon's Edinburgh promo material, and cultivating an alter-ego! Pinky Gigglejuice (see links) is my new graphic design persona. Although it's been quite fun doing these, they have taken a lot of time and energy. But they're all done done and being printed all over the place as we speak. All I have to do now is get the website up and running before 1st August when Not-So-Lovely-Jon deserts me for the joys of Scottish capital for five weeks. Tsk!

In other news, Lovely Mark is all set up and raring to go with the Plum Pudding Illustration agency, and I have a big where-is-my-career-going chat with him coming up on 1st August again. I HAVE to finish the Eeries's novel by then, but there is only one chapter to go. Do they live happily ever after? We shall see.....

Tuesday, 4 July 2006

This is - finally - my entry for the Travelling Sketchbook: "Sir Bernard Dashley-Holmes and The Order of The Phoenix". Oh, hang on, that's not right. It is, in fact: "Sir Bernard Dashley-Holmes and the Great Indian Safari of 1926."

The text reads:

8th June 1926
Dashed hot again today and still no sign of the blasted tigers.
I'm beginning to think Melrose has no damn idea where the
bally things are, and he's leading us all on a wild goose chase.
Mmm...goose. What I wouldn't give for Gilly's traditional,
British roast goose. With extra potatoes.

All these funny "curries" and what-not the locals serve up
around here. They play havoc with my downstairs department.
Took me forty minutes to get out of the WC this morning.

Melrose says we are making too much noise and are
scaring away the wretched tigers, forcing them deeper
into the jungle. He's reluctant to go any further in
– too many wild creatures about – but dash it all!
Wild creatures are what I've come all the way out
here and paid a damn fortune for! I'm making him
take us further in tomorrow if it's the last thing I do!