And the boy done good: I always ended up in the right place on the right day (phew) and everything has gone pretty much like clockwork. I don't think I could have managed such an unusually busy season without his help, so a big THANK YOU to John (cue applause...).
Anyway, I've let him off boring-duties for a while and he has been trying something a bit more fun: he's been making films! After last year's meeting with Shoo Rayner, the avid YouTube film-maker, John has been keen to have a go himself.
He decided to concentrate on how-to-draw films, as we already have plenty of interview-style ones on the website. Since I've been doing a fair bit of dragon-drawing during my recent school workshops, that seemed an easy place to start, as no real planning would be needed.
Take a look at both films for me and let me know what you think. Any feedback would be very useful as John's already planning the next one!
As we create new films, we will upload them to my YouTube channel. I am also in the process of redesigning my main website to add new learning resources for kids and grown-ups, including more 'how-to' films, as well as direct links to the specific 'hot-tips' articles I have written here in the past. Watch this space..!