Last week I started an interesting new project: I have been travelling to Nottingham almost every day, visiting different secondary schools across the city. That's a lot of train travel, so lots of sketching time: couldn't fit them all in here, so I've put some more in the Picture Gallery.
It's all part of a illustration & book making competition for Y7 students (age 11/12), and I have been asked to kick things off with a series of inspirational sessions, to get everyone really buzzing.
Over 5 days, I'm seeing 10 groups of students, doing illustration workshops to inspire them, but also to give them hints and tips to help them later on with their competition projects. I been showing them how to make their characters come alive: how to make them move realistically and how to depict a wide range of emotions through body language and facial expressions.
It's been fun for me to work with slightly older children for a change: I don't very often get invited into secondary schools, because of their far less flexible timetables.
There's still one school to go, then the students all spend a few weeks working with teachers and school librarians, writing and illustrating their own books. The students pictured are from Bulwell School, who are also writing their story in French - double challenge!