Sometime ago I mentioned, that I’m looking forward to my collaboration with Nicola Davies. Last week I delivered the final illustrations for my latest book to my publisher and at the same time I collected Nicola’s finished manuscript of our book.
I thought I won’t start anything new before before Christmas. All I wanted to do was just write Father Christmas a letter and send Christmas cards to friends. Then I looked at Nicola’s text and poems. IT’S BRILLIANT!
The book is going to be called “My First Book of Animals” and it will have as many as 100 pages – fifty double spread pictures.
This is one of my favourite poems in the book.
Did you know that the Tsetse fly doesn’t like stripes? I did this sketch and then I remembered that I must have somewhere spare drawings of Zebras. I opened a draw and this is what I found – lots of zebras.
I also thought that I should get properly ready for next year and stock-up on materials – paint and papers.
I’m lucky. I have a nice neighbour Alison, who has a nice brother Alexander and Alexander has a nice Art shop – Alexander Paper Supplies.
I went to do the shopping with all my family and was very impressed by how we were welcomed! Look, there was even a welcoming sign with coffee and biscuits ready!
On the picture is Alexander, my daughters and my wife Claire (she is the smallest one) and me.
Alexander, with help of his sons Alexander, Oliver and a couple of employees, has been successfully running his business for 20 years. He is so enthusiastic about his job. He took us to his warehouse full of amazing machines and showed us everything and he also took as for lunch! What a day.
If you decide to stock-up on materials in Alexander Paper Supplies I can’t promise you a free lunch, but I can guarantee, that you wan’t be disappointed. You will be treated well and you will get any advice you may need from Alexander or from his nice dad Bill who, as Alexander said, is giving advice to anybody no mater if he wants it or not.
Well and that is it for now. Time to celebrate Christmas!
HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!