Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Child and Cat drawings

Child and cat 1
Child and cat 2
Child and cat 3
Trying to decide which works best; I like the face in left version, but I like the wash in the second. The third is possibly the most solid landscape. 

All are an 'homage' to the wonderful, inspirational teaching of the very beautiful and extraordinarily talented Emily Haworth-Booth. I attended Emily's amazing course on graphic novel drawing last week, in the heat and dust of the hottest week of the year/decade/millennium (?!) in an attempt to clarify and develop both my drawing and writing. We learnt so much in five days - and so much more to learn. It did confirm the Herculean task that lies ahead if I am ever, ever going to turn 'Pictures & Leaves' into a graphic novel.

What I do need to do is draw draw draw much more in the meantime...


ps oh the excitement of working with dip pens on the smooooothest Bristol paper. So exciting in fact, that I was afraid to do it. But I did.

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


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)



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