Grumpy Duck

It’s just over a year since I published the blog – DUCK, DUCK and DUCK

Everything is written there and it made me smile reading it again. I remember the lovely time we had with Joyce at The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre at Lumb Bank and  how much I enjoyed working on the book.

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Joyce is a great writer and and she seems to carry hundreds of ideas with her everywhere she goes.

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‘Grumpy Duck’ is one of them. It was written for me and it did feel as if I’d written it myself. Perhaps that was the reason why I enjoyed working on the illustrations so much.

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 Thank you Joyce and thank you Walker Books for giving us the opportunity of working together and for making such a lovely book.



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I hope you will enjoy reading it!

Puffins

The Czech Republic has no sea and no puffins. Being born in Prague I’ve lived almost 30 years without knowing what a puffin is.

The very first time I heard about puffins was when I was asked to draw one for a charity auction. Lots of writers and illustrators did a drawing of a puffin. The drawings were auctioned and the raised money was used for the protection of these beautiful, interesting and rapidly disappearing birds.

This was my very first drawing of a puffin.
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I’ve enjoyed drawing puffins ever since.

A couple of years later I wrote and illustrated a picture book called ‘Puffin Peter’.

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PUFFIN-PETER16Today I am drawing and painting puffins once again.
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This time the book is written by the excellent writer and conservation biologist Martin Jenkins. Here are some of the finished illustrations.

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I love working on the book. I’ve learned a lot about puffins I didn’t know.9. Puffins
The illustrations for this book are a bit more realistic than I am use to doing but that is part of the fun. I like a challenge.

The birds are arriving in the mist of the morning.2. PuffinsThere are quite a few of them.

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It is a little puffin chick leaving his nest for the very first time.
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In the dark of the night of course.