everyone just wants to be cosy!
Sometimes people ask me how I get ideas for books so I want to show how So Cosy developed from one idea to something quite different. I find ideas evolve as I keep writing and drawing. Sometimes I have no idea where an idea will go which is really exciting.
In Slow Coach’s story he met a dog and it started to look quite cosy. Unfortunately tortoises are not very snuggly so some other animals came along.
Here are some of my early So Cosy thumbnails. They are quite messy and I do lots of them to figure things out.
My studio is quite small which is a little tricky as I get quite messy when I work!
One of my favourites, Hilda by Luke Pearson above my desk.
Anything Moomin! The Giant Jam Sandwhich
I remember the day I got this – it seemed as though I had been waiting for so long. It became a favourite.
As a child I loved books and made loads. Here are a few. Despite my love of story and books I was not very good at spelling and grammar and my work was often covered in corrections from my teachers.
All sorts of things inspire me. Currently I’ve been looking at the work of the Provensens and their brilliant Tales from the Ballet.
I saw the work of John Allin on one of my favourite blogs, http://spitalfieldslife.com/. He painted the Jewish East end much of which is now gone.