See Julia: I can rhyme too... And yes, the brilliant news is that I have FINISHED my book!!
I'm so sorry that I have been so absent this last couple of weeks. There just hasn't been a spare moment to write a post, because things are just so busy at this end right now. I have been juggling my book artwork alongside my residency in Manchester and organising the final exhibition, as well as lots of other bits and bobs like school visits and answering questions from the students of my Craftsy class, not to mention trying to organise the creation of a new website for my sketching work (more of that VERY soon...). Phew
Publishers sometimes ask you to do the cover artwork right at the start, so the sales team have it for publicity, but that is a terrible idea from the illustrator's point of view. You get to know your characters as you work on the book. I usually have to go back and tinker with my first pieces, once I am into my stride. You want the cover to be the strongest piece, so it makes sense to do it last not first. So, thanks Hodder, for letting me save it until now.
I only finished the cover artwork a couple of hours ago. I don't normally work weekends, but I was so close, I really wanted to finish it off. It's already nicely mounted, as you can see. John, my faithful manservant, helped me by doing all the mounting and labelling-up. Each piece is tacked to a sheet of card, with a paper overlay, to protect the chalk surface.
On Monday morning, John will parcel everything up for me and take it to the post office down the road. It is always rather scary, entrusting such a lot of work to a bunch of invisible postal workers; it's even more so with this book, because of it taking me so long.