New Year, New Books

We are well into 2018 now. New resolutions, new plans were made…. no excuses. It’s time to get on with work. Here is my first blog of the year.

There is no doubt, that my highlight of 2017 was the publication of ‘Dlouhá cesta’: my very first book written in Czech and published by Czech publisher ‘Pinwheels’.


Publishing the book was a very humbling and exciting experience. I wrote about it here, in my previous blog.

I’m proud of the book and I’m very proud of everybody who participated and helped with the publication of ‘Dlouhá cesta’.

Since the book was published, I’ve received lots of nice emails and messages. I also received some very pretty pictures.

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This garden gnome František was beautifully painted by Gaia, who is 4 years old.Hugo Booth 10- frantisek

Hugo Booth, age 10 also drew a portrait of František.


And here is František as he is leaving the studio of Hanka Vacková – Ptáčková.

Frantisek -Hanka Veckova-Ptackova

Isn’t he gorgeous?

With the new year I started to work on a new book. It is written by Martin Jenkins. spread 2

Here is the first pencil sketch

2. Puffinsand here is the first spread in colour. The birds are flying in the early morning mist.

Oh, did I mention that the book is about puffins? I like drawing puffins and I like painting.

The illustrations need to be a bit more realistic than my usual picture books. It is something different and I love the challenge.


Ready for Christmas

I’ve finished illustrations for the latest book called Runaway Buddy written by Xiao Nan Zhang.  Although I have been illustrating books for many years, this was my first book about a dog. I had a really good time illustrating it.buddyThe book is now nicely wrapped and ready to be send to China. My table is clean and empty and I’m ready for Christmas!

I had even time to do a couple of pictures just for myself.For Franz KkainWhen painting these budgies I thought about the painter Franz Kline.

for Haruki Murakami 2One more bird.

Since it’s Christmas, I looked through my folders in an attempt to show some of my illustrations with a christmasy feel and I found this beautiful drawing done by my wife Claire.0 1It is Worcester Festival Choral Society singing Handel’s Messiah in Worcester Cathedral.

1These pictures are from my book Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star. 4It’s been some time since this book was published. I remember walking through the Somerset levels at christmas time and making up the story in my head. Seeing the illustrations again brings back the memories.16

One more picture. This festive Chameleon is my early present from Eliška Fiedlerová. Thank you!