I had the pleasure of working with poet and author Valerie Bloom on an anthology of poems for children called Stars With Flaming Tails. It was the first time I have illustrated poetry, and hopefully not the last.
A while back during a literary event we had talked about possibly working together, but either of us knew how exactly that might happen… the catalyst turned out to be our common publisher, Janetta Otter-Barry.
I worked in black and white digital paint, another first, and together with the team – Valerie Bloom, Ariana Osti (designer) and Janetta Otter-Barry (publisher and editor)- we’ve created a very powerful, meaningful book.
But don’t take my word for it, the reviews from Achuka and the blog of the live event hosted by the University of Manchester give a really good idea of what to expect if you get a chance to read any of the poems or buy the book.
Illustrating digitally meant that I could use the time-lapse feature to great effect during the live event. This was a great alternative to trying to do a live drawing in front of a camera!