The humble half successfully completed… Many folk shouted out: "Great Charity!" as I wheezed past, and just like last year, a fellow runner mentioned she'd recently run for The Brain Tumour Charity in memory of a friend who had died aged 31. I feel sure a cheeky little angel was watching me again, as I beat my time last year by a good 12 minutes… Thinking always, of our friends and their beautiful boy.
Thanks so much to both of you for yesterday. It was really fun to have you there and a great success, the kids really enjoyed it and are most inspired.
I had lunch with some of Y1 today who were chatting about you both. F expanded on his image outside the bus "I just wanted to climb over the top and hang off the back". M plonked her tray down next to me and said "Gabby writes the words and Mr Alex does the drawings, which are called illustrations". I have never heard her say anything so coherent, ever!
We visited Harris Academy Primary in Peckham yesterday to run a couple of London Calls workshops.
They have their very own light-filled art room - EVERY Primary school should have one of these - and a wonderful art teacher - every primary school should have one of these, too! The kids were brilliant and as ever, the magical buses they filled with passengers were fascinating…we had Peter Pan driving one of them this time, as well as a selection of superheroes, Ninja Turtles, friends, family, the obligatory carrot, a renegade on the roof (see pic) and lots and lots of friendly ghosts! Thank you Peckham Park School x
Only 9 days to go before I'll be running the second half of the marathon I ran last year in memory of a wonderful little boy. Help raise awareness and desperately-needed funds for the Brain Tumour Charity. Have a read…
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
OKIDO MAGAZINE AND TV
I've been a regular contributor to children's art and science magazine OKIDO since 2007. HAPPY10thBIRTHDAY (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 OKIDOSeries TWO has now finished production, and will be coming to your screens S O O N ...! (Autumn 2018, to be exact)
Cartoon Forum 2011 Okido booklet
Okido Cartoon Forum 2011
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