Snow at last!

Until this weekend, we’d had no snow in my area for TWO WHOLE YEARS! Even without the daunting concern of climate change, I’ve had a personal reason to notice this fact.

Posted in Nature, Picture Books, seasons

The Return of the Rodent

Maybe I should be concerned when the boundary between fiction and reality seems to blur. Remember that little squirrel from a couple of earlier posts? Well, right now I really do feel as though I need to have a word with him. So anyway… um… I’ve decided to just go with it…

Posted in Animals, Dick King-Smith, Drawings, Sketchbook, Squirrel, Uncategorized

A Dream of a Job

Ever been offered a job that’s just so perfect, you have to pinch yourself? I could hardly believe it when, a couple of months ago, I was asked if I’d be interested in illustrating the official website for amazing children’s author, Dick King-Smith…

Posted in Animals, Dick King-Smith, Drawings, Sketchbook

My Ice Bucket Dilemma – please text ICED55 £5 (or your chosen amount) to 70070

Last night I was nominated to take part in the ice bucket doodle challenge, meaning I had to make a donation to MND, produce a drawing within 24 (or 48?) hours, and nominate 3 more illustrators to carry on the challenge tomorrow. Well, I really wanted to take part – it’s a good cause, and it’s been fun looking at the doodles by other artists. In spite of a packed day, I’ve managed to squeeze in this (M)ice bucket doodle… but now I’m in a quandary. Do I really want to inflict a deadline on any of my illustrator friends?

Posted in Uncategorized

Being a Pencil Nerd

I’ve been playing with pencils at the fabulous Pencil Museum in Keswick. I think this is one of my favourite places on earth…

Posted in Art materials, Drawings, pencils

Inspiring Africa

I’ve just made my first ever visit to Africa – ‘Amazing Africa’

Posted in Drawings, Picture Books, school visits

Inventing a problem

Meanwhile, back in Sketchbookland… Remember that game little roly-polying squirrel from my December post? Well today he came scribbling out of my pencil again, only now he has A PROBLEM.

Posted in Uncategorized

No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of this Blog Post

This probably sounds loopy, but I still get a bit excited when a new character begins to emerge from my scribbles… and starts sort of… speaking! I have to be careful not to get carried away though. Who knows where

Posted in Animals, Drawings, Sketchbook

Taking the blog for a walk

It’s my dog’s birthday and to celebrate, I thought I’d do my first ever blog post! When my eldest child left home, I did the obvious thing and replaced him with a Border Terrier named Rufus. He didn’t seem to

Posted in Animals, Dogs, Drawings, Nature, Sketchbook
Layn Marlow

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