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Hello and welcome to behind the scenes. Here you will find my latest news and events, my work in progress, including pictures and videos of my illustration process, plus free kids activities and more.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Christmas Tingles

It's December! Now's a perfectly acceptable time to sprinkle some more of That Christmas Feeling around the webisphere. 

My daughter's found her reindeer antlers and we're about to pull out the Christmas Tree.

Illustration Video

As promised, here's a time-lapse video of my illustration process from That Christmas Feeling picture book, written by Lili Wilkinson.

For those who are interested in the more technical aspects of my illustration process, I have a longer version of this video including descriptive captions, explaining my technique here.

Christmas Holiday Art Activities

For those who live in Brisbane and are looking for a Christmas activity to do with your kids, I'll be at Riverbend Books (193 Oxford Street, Bulimba) this Saturday, 9th of December at 10.30am. You'll just need to book your FREE tickets here: https://riverbendbooks.com.au/events/kids-event-that-christmas-feeling

I've recently added some activities themed around That Christmas Feeling picture book to my Kids Activities page. Be sure to print out some of these to keep your kids busy over the holidays. Well, busy enough for you to enjoy a quiet cuppa at least.


• Colouring page • Santa List Colouring Page
• How to Draw a Christmas Tree • How to Draw a Christmas Puppy


That Christmas Feeling Book Reviews

Today's @dailytelegraph Funday #LoveOzKidLit review: 
"The realistic watercolour illustrations cleverly create an “every family, every Christmas” setting and the story encourages young children to think about what makes Christmas special. “That Christmas Feeling” celebrates the importance of family. Even without the traditional food, tree, carols and home, when Dottie is surrounded by her family, “It feels exactly like Christmas.” 

That Christmas Feeling
Written by Lili Wilkinson
Illustrated by Amanda Francey

A gorgeous, heart-warming story about misplacing the Christmas spirit, and finding it again.

Hardback $19.99 (available from 1st October 2017)



Saturday, September 30, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

First Chapter Book & The Wombatnapping of Wolly

Character roughs of the protagonist.

First Chapter Book

Recently, I started character roughs for an adorable and humorous chapter book coming out in 2018. This will be the very first chapter book illustrated by me and it is my very first project with Wombat Books. More will be revealed next year, closer to the release date.


The Wombatnapping of Wolly

Shortly after signing the illustration contract with the lovely Wombat Books, Wolly showed up on my doorstep. Thank you Wombat Books!

I was really touched by this warm and cuddly welcome into the Wombat Family.

Wolly feels right at home.

Unfortunately, our dog was a little jealous of all the cuddles Wolly was receiving from our daughter, who was sick with the flu at the time. While my daughter left Wolly on the couch because she just had to show me the longest snot string ever, (which was dangling precariously from her nostril to the end of her outstretched arm, holding the tissue), our dog nuzzled the door open and Wombatnapped Wolly!

No Wombats were injured in this photo.

Meanwhile, my husband was nearly knocked down the stairs by a tan and grey tornado as it whooshed past. Luckily, he managed to rescue poor Wolly before any damage occurred.

Wolly teaching our dog a few manners.
'Sit! I am your master.'

As it turns out, Wolly's quite the bossy little wombat. 

He's made it very clear that he likes to oversee my work and he tricks me into doing things that I'd rather not do. Like clean up my desk.

'How do you know what colour your desk is under all those papers, folders, books, hats, skipping ropes, chocolate wrappers and sticky notes?' Wolly asked.

'I don't,' I replied. And then I started to wonder what colour my desk was. I had to clean it up.

And that stare he gives me while I'm procrastinating on Facebook or Instagram too long.

It's intense isn't it?

Oh my! What skinny legs you have Wolly.

I'm beginning to think Wolly's not a real wombat.