Friday, 5 October 2018

AND HERE'S THE COMPLETE SHEET OF MINI-BEASTS....


Visit all the mini-beasts and creepy-crawlies together, along with all the other brilliant mini-drawings for the September 2018 House of Illustration #drawingaday #JohnVernonLord challenge....
(Click link above!)

What a great challenge - I loved every minute of it. I'm missing drawing these critters...

Dung beetle
Luna moth
Bumble bee


Garden snail
Ladybird


Daddy long legs
Hummingbird hawk moth
Garden ant
Earthworm
Tiger moth


Centipede

Long-horned beetle
Common blue butterfly

Stagbeetle
Green housefly

Garden spider
Woodlouse


Grasshopper
Green stinkbug


Blue dragonfly

Evil vine weevil


Wasp
Spanish slug


Peacock butterfly
Green dock beetle


Cardinal spider
Millipede 
Rose aphid


Earwig

Elephant hawk moth




Thursday, 4 October 2018

IT'S #WORLDPOETRYDAY ... AND A HOUSE FOR MOUSE IS OUT!

WHOOP-A-DOOOOO!






 #worldpoetryday #ahouseformouse #thamesandhudson #rhymingbooks #childrensillustration #literacymatters #ilovebooks




Tuesday, 2 October 2018

ALMOST PUBLICATION DAY: TALES ON MOON LANE WINDOW...



A HOUSE for MOUSE window goes up in Tails - err - Tales on Moon Lane children's bookshop!

Alex Barrow has done the most magical drawings - I did some colouring-in, cut out lots of tissue paper to create the background (and cut-out the title...)

A House for Mouse background decoupage

TOMORROW IS "HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!"

#AHouseforMouse
#ThamesandHudson
#AlexBarrow
#newbook
#childrensbook
#rhymingbook
#childrensillustrations
#literacymatters



















Thursday, 20 September 2018

'My New Bike' poem...

Then there was this...

My New Bike poem for OKIDO 64 illustrated by Lesley Barnes
#okidomagazine
#LesleyBarnes
#childrensillustration
#poem
#drseussinfluence
#messygoestookido

It's been too long...busy summer and lots happening this autumn...


There are the bumper August/September issues of Okido magazine (all about CYCLING) and Eco Kids Planet (all about our MILKY WAY) with loads of stuff to read, make, do, cook, collect, spot and learn...

                           


There are the bumper August/September issues of Okido magazine (all about CYCLING) and Eco Kids Planet (all about our MILKY WAY) with loads of stuff to read, make, do, cook, collect, spot and learn...

Check out the fantastic new OKIDO website, while you're at it. Loads of super-exciting sciency stuff going on! AND the NEW SERIES of MESSY GOES TO OKIDO coming to your small screens very sooooon... (mid-October 2018).

I've been doing The House of Illustration 1" x 1" Daily Drawing Challenge, inspired by #JohnVernonLord. (See sheet below)

You can follow my daily posts of creepy-crawlies here: INSTAGRAM

And sticking with bugs and mini-beasts, the next awesome issue of Eco Kids Planet magazine is all about invertebrate critters of the creepy-crawly kind - it's another cracker, and did I enjoy writing for it? I most certainly did! There are even a few cartoons and rhyming riddles by me in this one, as well as 'serious fact-packed articles'...

THE GROWING SHEET OF INSECTS for the House of Illustration daily inch drawing challenge, September 2018
#bugs #creepycrawlies #minibeasts #houseofillustration #instagram #twitter #oneinchsquarechallenge #minidrawings #thirtydrawingsinspetember #ecokidsplanetmagazine #okidomagazine #childrensmagazines #messygoestookido #cycling #oursolarsystem #theuniverse #sun #moon
#planets #milkyway
.....

FINALLY.... Alex Barrow Illustrator and I had the most fantastic school visit to Dundonald Primary, in Wimbledon last week. Not only were the kids absolutely brilliant, but we met legendary children and YA poet and playwrite Joseph Coelho Not only did Joseph make the kids roar with laughter and engage with poetry like I've never seen before, but he totally entertained the adults, too. (What a great guy!) Still got to pick up my signed copy of his book: How to Write Poems 

Here we are! Lucky me, framed by Alex Barrow and Joseph Coelho. 
#josephcoelho #poetry #YApoetry


And as we're on poetry and spoken word, finally finally, this:
Kate Tempest brings the house down with her awesomeness
In the intimate, sticky, sweaty interior of famous music venue the Windmill Pub , Brixton, Kate Tempest the beautiful, fragile, powerful, political, enlightened, child-like, wise and awesome force of nature and spoken word performer that she is, blew the roof off with material for her new album(ending with the tear-inducing 'People's Faces') An absolutely stunning (literally) set with music by collaborator Dan. One woman reduced to a sobbing wreck at the end... Beautiful, vulnerable, breathless.

#KateTempest #windmillpub #livemusic #spokenword #livepoetry #runninguponthewires #peoplesfaces





Tuesday, 3 July 2018

The Tiny Egg - new poem for Okido 62 DINOSUAR issue... And a visit to The Bradford Literature Festival!



"GIGANTIC-O-SAUR!
It just goes to show,
From one tiny egg
A giant can grow..."

Alex and I travelled to the Bradford Literature Festival last Sunday to do a dino-event in the most marvellous Waterstones bookstore in the Wool Exchange in Bradford, as part of the festival!

We didn't have long in Bradford, but what a sparkling, wonderful place it is - so much going on - and this Literature festival looks set to go from strength to strength! It was packed with happenings, readings, workshops and events...still on next weekend, so if you live nearby, pay it a visit. https://www.bradfordlitfest.co.uk/events/

#ifihadadinosaur
#thamesandhudson
#dinosaurs
#BradfordLiteratureFestival
#literacymatters
#rhymingbooks
#childrensillustration

BACKGROUND information...

My first picture book - called A Possum's Tail - is a collaboration with brilliant illustrator Alex Barrow and came out 6th February 2014. A second book called London Calls! is a whistle-stop tour of London, led by a Pearly grandma and her granddaughter. London Calls! came out on 4th September 2014 and is my second book with Alex Barrow. A Possum's Tail was nominated for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.
Both books are by Tate Publishing.

Please see my AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE or CURRICULUM VITAE for more details & updates.

As well as writing children's books, for children's television and two award-winning children's magazines, I do both private and commercial art commissions, a selection of which you can see here.

The children's shoes are part of an ongoing series of "first shoes", including several cards commissioned by the Almanac Gallery.

Hand-drawn, bespoke invitations, announcements, portraits and menus, such as the examples here are also available upon request..

Any enquiries please email: gabbydawnay@gmail.com

OKIDO MAGAZINE AND TV

I've been a regular contributor to children's art and science magazine OKIDO since 2007. HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY (WOW) beautiful Okido!

An Okido animated kids tv show, based on characters from the magazine is currently in production with Doodle/Squintopera http://www.doodle-productions.com. The original adaptation of the show (co-created/adapted by myself, producer Ceri Barnes and Doodle Productions) was acquired by CBeebies. 52 x 11 minute episodes will be coming to a screen near you soon in 2015.......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .............................
N E W S F L A S H! MESSY GOES TO OKIDO Series TWO has now finished production, and will be coming to your screens S O O N ...! (Autumn 2018, to be exact)

CBeebies

CBeebies
OKIDO

Cartoon Forum 2011 Okido booklet

Cartoon Forum 2011 Okido booklet
Okido Cartoon Forum 2011

Happy Birthday OKIDO!

Happy Birthday OKIDO!
Okido was 5 years old this issue...the wonderful art and science magazine for kids I've been lucky enough to have worked on for the past - 8 - years now