Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Week 5 - Chris Haughton

The brilliant Chris Haughton had the book in his hands this week. He took to his twitter account and tweeted some sneak peeks along the way (see images below). He also tweeted that he might try and rope Oliver Jeffers into doing a doodle on his spread but unfortunately it didn't materialise. Anyway, even without the amazing Oliver Jeffers, Chris produced a classic red bear in his distinctive paper cutting style and the story seems to have a taken a nice surprising twist too...

Chris is an Irish illustrator currently residing in London. He has illustrated for The Guardian, Wired and other publications. He was listed in Time magazine's 'DESIGN 100' for the work he has been doing for fair trade clothing company People Tree. His debut book 'A Bit Lost'  has been translated into 14 languages and won nine awards including Gold at the AOI 'Best of British Illustration Awards 2010'  and the Dutch Picture Book of the Year 2012. 'Oh No George' came out in March 2012. Follow Chris on his Twitter account and have a gander at his work here & here.

Next up Alex T Smith!

Friday, 23 November 2012

Nicholas Hoult

The actor Nicholas Hoult (About a boy, Skins, X-Men First Class) has followed in Tom Hardy's footsteps and also drawn us a spectacular red bear. Nicholas loves what we're doing and gives his full support to the project and illustrators. His drawing will also be up for auction when the project comes to a close next year. Thanks Nick!

Week 4 - Leigh Hodgkinson

It's week 4 and the book had the pleasure of having the wonderful Leigh Hodgkinson doodle and paint in it. Leigh graduated from the University of Hull in 1998 with a first in graphic design. She went on to study Animation Direction at the National Film and Television School. Leigh has worked in the animation industry since then making award winning animated short films amongst other more commercial projects. She is currently a represented director at animation company Beakus.

In 2004, Leigh worked as art director for the first series of Tiger Aspects “Charlie and Lola”, based on the books by Lauren Child.

Leigh is passionate about writing, making things and daydreaming. She has had a gaggle of vibrant picture books published and there are lots more to come! She is also hoping to dabble in the wonderful world of etsy to sell her crafty creations very soon. She works in a nice shed in her back garden in East Sussex. “Goldilocks and Just the One Bear” and “Magical Mix Ups – Friends and Fashion” both published by Nosy Crow are her latest books to hit the shops.

Check out how she did with her spread below. Even her 2 year old daughter Eebee contributed to the bear's journey! Follow Leigh on Twitter and check out her latest work on her blog!

Now time for the book to leave East Sussex and travel back up to London where it will be welcomed by Irish illustrator extraordinaire Chris Haughton.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Week 3 - Sarah Warburton

Week 3 has flown by and the book is making its way to the fourth illustrator already. Sarah Warburton was the third recipient of the book and has done us proud with her fantastic spread. Sarah is based in Bristol and has been illustrating for about 17 years so far. She works with various materials, using watercolor, pencil sketches and digital colour to produce her illustrations. Her main interest in each image is character, movement and expression. She begins 99% of each drawing with the eyes.

Some of her main works have been for 'The Rumblewick Dairies - My Unwilling Witch' by Hiawyn Oram (Orchard Books) 2006, 'My Adventure Island' by Timothy Knapman (Scholastic) 2012, 'The Princess and the Peas' by Caryl Hart (Nosy Crow) 2012 and the forthcoming 'Mabel and Me - Best of Friends' with Mark Sperring (Harper Collins) 2013.

She again posted lots of images of her work in progress and sneak peeks of her final spread- all can be seen below...

Sarah is on Twitter and you can check out her latest work on her blog here. Now off to Leigh Hodgkinson, roll on week 4...

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Week 2 - Emma Chichester Clark

So Week 2 seen Emma Chichester Clark receive the book. The book travelled back down the country from Edinburgh to Emma in London. Emma studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London, where she was taught by Quentin Blake. She has illustrated a vast number of children's books, and she has also written and illustrated many of her own stories, mainly for very young children. Most recently she has written & illustrated classics such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Alice in Wonderland. She also writes a beautiful blog about her pet dog, Plum from time to time.

And Emma has produced the most beautiful spread for the project, like all the spreads the full version will be revealed at the end. For now enjoy the sneak peeks below! You can follow Emma on Twitter and see her work on her website.

And now its off to the third illustrator, Sarah Warburton. We'll show the results next week!

Monday, 5 November 2012

Tom Hardy

The lovely Tom Hardy showed us his drawing skills in support for the Bear With Me project. He has given the project his full support and we'll be auctioning off his piece of art at the close of the project to raise even more money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Thanks Tom!

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Week 1 - Catherine Rayner

So Week 1 for the travelling sketchbook has been and gone. The book spent a week in Edinburgh with the fantastically talented Catherine Rayner.

Catherine studied Illustration at Edinburgh College of art. She fell in love with the city and still lives there with her husband, young son and a handful of creatures: Shannon the horse, Ena the grey cat and a goldfish called Richard. Please check out her beautiful illustrations and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

She kept us all guessing with her sneak peeks that were posted on twitter and instagram. Check them out below.

Next the book travels back down south to London to visit the lovely Emma Chichester Clark. Until next week...