Saturday, 16 May 2015

Mural by Alex Barrow and the kids of Le Herisson School, Hammersmith

What a beautiful thing the children and Alex have created…
In around three x 2 hour sessions over a period of weeks, Alex went to Le Herisson school to work with the children to create this beautiful mural based on our book London Calls!

They used Posca pens (for minimum mess and no drips) and having brainstormed ideas, the children helped Alex to create this colourful and detailed London landscape...
Here's Little Pearl waiting at the bus-stop for the 159...
And here come the bus, full of passengers; a rabbit, a carrot, ghost, superhero, crazy-Okido-reader, Totoro & a pineapple! 
A tiger making a call in the phone box, while a taxi speeds past containing the Queen. Look at the pirate ship getting attacked by a shark in the River Thames…Hello Tate Modern
Wow, that boat has just made it under Tower Bridge!
Look at all the folk in the London Eye!
And can you spot a Monster climbing Nelson's Column..?! 
"Look at that l'escargot" (!) sliding through the flowery grass, with a Tower, raven and ghost behind. Oh, and there's Buckingham Palace...
And the mural wasn't all - the entire school was dedicated to an exhibition of London, not a little inspired by our workshops based on London Calls! back in November 2014, when we visited the school as part of the South Ken Kids Festival

Hard not to be blown-away by the amazing artwork by the kids….

"We jump on a bus where an Oyster's the fare…"
"Big Ben is chiming, it's.." err, 1.25pm... 
Lots and lots and lots of buses, Queens and guards...

"So many places and things to be seen,
from the Column of Nelson, to tea with the Queen…"

"We jump on a bus where an Oyster's the fare…"
They had all made the coolest Oyster cards ever! And look at Her Majesty - that'll be tea with the Queen every single day, then.

"Spot the Gherkin and Shard as they point to the sky!"

The River Thames winds around London monuments...

 London landmarks jostle for room in drawings bursting with colour and full of busy London folk!
Guarding the Tower!

The whole exhibition was part of an event in which all the French schools in London participated, entitled: Regards Croisés sur Londres ("London through children's eyes")

What an honour to have played a part in such a creative enterprise!

Merci beaucoup Le Hérisson School - charmante petite école française


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.

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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..

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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 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.......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .............................
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Cartoon Forum 2011 Okido booklet

Cartoon Forum 2011 Okido booklet
Okido Cartoon Forum 2011

Happy Birthday OKIDO!

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