Last time I said that I’ll be probably writing about mice this week. I was wrong. It’s not the mouse that is the problem. It’s the mole and also the size of the rabbit.
I had a meeting with my editors on Tuesday. I packed my drawings and went to London. I was quite happy with the work and I thought I’m presenting the final sketches for my book. I was wrong! It took Denise and Louise (my editors) just a few minutes to explain to me, that the sketches are anything but final.
The mole wasn’t quite right and the continuity in the book wasn’t brilliant either. Of course I tried to argue a bit, but there wasn’t much point. They were right …. they always are.
I made some changes and I’m going to make more.
I’m sure the pictures will make sense to you when they are in the book. I’m drawing it again.
It’s World Book Day on Thursday and it’s the busiest month of the year for anybody who writes, illustrates, or is in any other way involved with books. I’m going to visit five schools this week, three schools, one book festival and one book conference next week…I don’t look any further ahead. It’s for sure, that I won’t be working on my book much during the next few days. Maybe just as well. It will give me some time to have a rest and be able later to look at my work with fresh eyes.
But not everything was bad. After the meeting I went to Tate Britain just to have a look at nice paintings. In the Tate’s book shop I found my latest book Animal Opposites. It always cheers me up to see my books in galleries. I studied fine art and it’s becoming certain to me, that my paintings won’t make it to the Tate, so having my books there is not bad.
And what’s more, the book had a sticker Best Seller. Good.
Talking about books with animals…. One very exiting bit of news I want to share. I also had a meeting with Nicola Davies. Nicola has written many amazing books. She is also fun to talk to and she has endless stories and facts to tell about animals and …WE ARE GOING TO MAKE A BOOK ABOUT ANIMALS TOGETHER!
I’m very exited about it. It’s a bit early to talk about the book,but one thing is for sure. It will have lots and lots of interesting animals in it.
Do you know what is Nicola’s favourite animal? Pangolin.
Here are some drawings of a pangolin from my sketchbook. “It looks like a walking pine cone”, Nicola said. She is right.