Saturday, 19 March 2011

More examples from Theispot.

This moody illustration by Stauffer has a wishful, tenderness about it that draws you ever closer to the lost waves of the girls hair. This is a huge inspiration for me and offer illustrators everywhere an alternative style. - Brian Stauffer: A Surplus of Hope - Brian Stauffer: A Surplus of Hope

Monday, 7 March 2011

Kids in the Wild Garden

The enthusiastic and healthy advice of taking your children into the garden to explore just sounds so delciously inviting. The garden is a place full of adventure and the stories and experiences you can encounter seem like something out of "My family and other Animals".
When I found this book,even not being a mother myself, I was suddenly struck by the vast opportunities missed within the Garden . These adventures of the mind within the garden have now been replaced by technology and games that perhaps (apart from PacMan addicts)do not leave a lasting beneficial memory within a child's mind.
Go grab this book and get playing with your kids, parents,mum,dad or imagery friend Timmy ,whoever. I can't think of anything more holesome.

Kids in The Wild Garden

Elizabeth McCorquodale

April 2011
96 pages
257 b/w and colour ills
27.0 x 21.0 cm
10.5 x 8.5 in
ISBN13: 978 1 907317 20 0
Kids In the Wild Garden in the Financial Times
Extracts from our new title Kids in the Wild Garden, with accompanying introduction by the book's author Elizabeth McCorquodale features in Saturday 19th February's Financial Times.

Kids in the Wild Garden

Kids in the Wild Garden is a fun and accessible guide, inviting you to embark on an adventure with your children by stepping into and exploring the amazing life that lies hidden and flourishes within your own garden. Demonstrating that you do not have to look far to discover rich and unexpected wildlife, the book’s playful format and variety of experiments, projects and games, make this a perfect resource for adults and children of all ages.

Designed to get kids away from the TV and to get their hands dirty, Kids in the Wild Garden encourages children to learn about caring for and understanding the fascinating natural world that surrounds them. Projects include: growing a tank-full of tadpoles; planting a butterfly garden and a mini-meadow; and designing cosy houses for winter visitors. Through sight, touch, smell and sound, children can interact with nature through projects aimed to educate and excite.
Jam-packed with outdoor projects, gardening tips, fascinating facts, jokes, recipes and fun expeditions, this book aims to get children out into the fresh air by encouraging exploring, care for the environment and imaginative play. Grab your trusty magnifying glass and find out interesting facts about all the creepy crawlies in your garden; for example, did you know that some ants milk caterpillars?
Kids in the Wild Garden also provides graspable introductions to biology, botany and ecology alongside all the facts you will need to care for the plants and animals in your very own garden. Instructions are easy to follow, step-by-step and are accompanied with child-friendly illustrations, bright and informative photographs, a key with fun symbols and full details on the equipment needed.
This lively book will help children, parents, teachers and their friends develop a long-term, enjoyable approach to their natural surroundings.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Book V Kindle? one side of the debate

10 reasons to hate the Kindles

Why I hate the KindleI'm as tech-savvy as the next guy. Blogum ergo sum. I love my DVR, iPod and BlackBerry. But some things -- books -- are sacred. So here's my list for the book-slayer Kindle and its mutant offspring, Kindle2:
1. You can't leave it lying on your beach towel when you doze off at Ocean City.
2. Beautiful Russian ballerinas won't introduce themselves upon noticing your copy of Secrets of Nijinsky.
3. Striking cover art such as the gothic drawings on Lauren Groff's books can't be appreciated.
4. All books are the same in Kindleworld. You lose the heft of Guns, Germs and Steel and the sprightliness of a poetry collection like Elizabeth Spires' The Wave-Maker.
5. I can't use my collection of random bookmarks: a ticket from the Paris metro, an Orioles game stub or a museum pass.
6. The DK and National Geographic books aren't made for electrons. Or do they make a coffee-table-size Kindle?
7. The battery never dies on my paperback of The Big Sleep.
8.  I can't bear to part with my stacked, covered bookcase.
9. If I hate what I'm reading, I can't throw it across the room.
10. There is no hand-me down copies with secret messages scribbled on the back page. (my own reason)

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Peter Rabbit. x

I for one and so excited about the return of Peter Rabit this classic just reminds me of sunny days in the garden as a child. I simply can't wait to dive into the delights of such characters as jemima puddle duck.

Please don't forget these beautiful books that are so expertly made with the alternative kindle alternative. I know technology is now key but surely we can still marvel at the delicious offerings this book has.

Brass Art

this inspiring piece of work is part of the Brass Art collection and I can not recomment it enough. The beautiful delicate cut out shapes are complimented by the soft light given by the train the slowly moves .

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Life Drawing

I took a few life drawing classes and produced these. They are both in charcoal. Please let me know what you think and how I can improve?