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Once I had my words and pictures set up in a document, along with my pitch; I started emailing publishing houses by five at a time. Even when I didn't hear back, or recieved a "it's a no" I didn't let it stop me, I was confidant someone would take Binx on.
I got the idea 10 years ago whilst I was at University. I was struggling to come up with anything for my end-of-year degree show – I hadn’t yet developed my unique style, and it felt like everything was resting on this final project. One evening I was walking home when our neighbours’ black cat jumped across my path and into the road. I started thinking about the stigma of black cats and how they’re deemed unlucky. It all spiraled from there, and within two months the idea blossomed into Binx the Jinx.
“I feel like I’m finally giving birth to this book, it’s my baby!”
Tell me about it! Of course, life gets in the way and I’ve had loads of other ideas between. But Binx the Jinx has always stayed with me. Last year, I knuckled down and put my heart and soul into making it happen. It was hard and I was squirreled away every evening and weekend working on it. But that’s why it’s such an achievement for me. It’s been in the making for a decade!
I was stressing about my end of year project at University – I felt I hadn’t developed a unique graphic style and thus depleted of inspiration. I was walking home, deep in thought, when a neighbour’s cat jumped out in front of me. I got to thinking about the stigma attached to black cats and, after doing some research, I thought it would make an ideal children’s book.
I always start off with a pencil and my huge A2 sketching pad and let my imagination run wild. Once I am happy, I scan them into Photoshop to fix the lighting and touch up any imperfections; then I begin working in vectors in Adobe Illustrator. The last stage I bring into Photoshop to add brush and textures effects.
This is something I am being asked regularly and definitely working on. It is still early days yet, but you can keep up to date with my touring schedule at my events page.
I would LOVE to sign your book! Do check out my events page to see when and where I am visiting next. Also, keep an eye on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as now and again I offer signed books as competition prizes!
This is a work-in-progress and I will be sure to get something up as soon as things calm down.
Yes, I studied at Liverpool John Moore's University where I did a Multimedia Arts course for three years.
I have been in love with children’s books to me aren’t just a book
Even though I have no children, to this day I often find myself wandering around Waterstones and the likes admiring children’s books. To me they are more than just a story, they are a piece of art. Being a designer, I understand the complexity, time and energy that the creator has undergone to get to this stage.
Although my all time favourites are the Mr. Men series, Hairy Maclary Donaldson’s Dairy and of course the classic Dr. Seuss stories.