The second book
I have now finished the second book about the family who inherited a magical camper van.
This book has many more drawings in it, and I have enjoyed doing them.
The family visit Africa on a safari and meet a bull Elephant who wants the bananas from the driver of a car.
On the journey, a Rhino decides to wee on the track, and then goes back into the scrub.
I have inserted lots of drawings like these as the families safari proceeds.
They go to lots of other places, but I suggest you watch out for the announcement of the publication.
Book 2 in the series.
I have designed the cover for the next campervan story and once it is in the hands of my wordsmith Nicci, she will do her magic to finish it of.
The cover text is wrong, but I thought it would give you all an idea of how the new cover with Nifty flying like a plane would look like.
Watch out for the next book in this series.
Ten Discs has lots of very detailed drawings in it, but one that has attracted a lot of interest is the witch Grizelda’s house.
This drawing took me about six hours to finish it, but I am very pleased to have had requests to enlarge it and make it available for colouring.
I am thinking about making a colouring book available with all the drawings in it to colour. I know my word smith Nicci would encourage me to do so.
So as promised, the enlarged drawing to colour in.
Grizelda may be a nasty witch in the story, and I know poor Scott would not like to hear me say this, but I quite like her.
I have got to say this because she is pointing her wand at me now and…!
I tried to keep the idea of the eyes throughout the series of five books, but the anguish I went through to get it just right.
Take the latest cover for Ten Discs.
First I thought I would paint the seahorse as the cover, but the more I thought about it, the less I liked it.
Then I painted the magpie, a British bird for all my overseas readers. This likes flesh, but is not a raptor. Again I lived with the cover, but then dumped it.
Next I painted the Owl. This gave me what I wanted, big eyes looking out at the people as the reader held the book open.
I feel all you budding authors should be aware of the birthing pains for a book.
Here are the covers as painted. See what you think.
Sea Horse design
And below the one you can find on the new book
The Owl design
Tuesday. just finished a drawing of the carnival parade in the Caribbean. My second Camper Van visits Antigua for Carnival time and this is part of the parade. It has taken four days of individual drawings, then cutting and pasting them into the picture, but I am very happy with it. The lead Skull master tosses the skull staff and then catches it as he walks in front. Watch this space for a publishing date.