Sunday, 22 February 2009

Nutmeg Award

I’ve just learned that a novel I illustrated a few years back, MVP: Magellan Voyage Project by Douglas Evans, has just won an award in the USA, the Nutmeg Award in Connecticut.

As the award is for the book, not just my drawings, most of the kudos must go to author Douglas Evans, nevertheless an award is an award!

MVP is a great read, packed full of fun and adventure, as the hero joins in a race across the world pursued by various villains and rivals. Here's some of my contributions.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Exhibition images - original work

I don't usually sell my picture book illustrations when I exhibit, as I don't like breaking up sets of artwork. A picture book might contain 20 or more pieces of artwork, if I were to sell just one piece it would break up the set. I'm reluctant to do this, especially with my Japanese published books as there's always the chance I might sell the reproduction rights to a publisher in the West for an English or other language edition, and it's always better to have the original artwork available. If however someone were to buy the entire books worth of originals it would be a different story, I'm always up for offers!

Artwork for single book covers, editorial etc was available for sale however (some examples are on my page at Children's

As I didn't want to sell a large proportion of my published work I also created a number of original unique pieces especially for the show. Here they are, some are still available for sale or prints, contact me for prices.

Exhibition images - The House of the World

But what about the pictures? I hear you say.

A lot of work on display was from my published books etc, especially my last two picture books The Boat in the Tree (Front Street, USA) and The House of the World (Benesse, Japan). The latter title is part of the Benesse Worldwide Kids series in Japan and is not available in the shops, so here's a couple of spreads that were on display.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Gallery visitors

I have no pictures from the opening party, but here are a few of the many friends who dropped by to make the exhibition so memorable.

The Gallery staff, left to right: Saeko Hiraide, owner Yuki Saisu, me, and Mami Suzuki.

Suspense author Hiroyuki Watanabe

My US agent Laura Rennert

Graphic Designer Miyuki Saito and bag designer Kosuke Iwagami

Photographer Hitoshi Iwakiri

More Gallery snapshots....

The gallery is on the corner of Koto Dori, just over the road from the brand new Kinokuniya Building, an impressive twisted tower thats lit up at night in continually changing colours.


The snap above was taken from the gallery stock room.

Exhibition report

Daughter Seren and I are back in the chilly UK now after 3 wonderful weeks in Tokyo. My exhibition Kingdoms Curious at Pinpoint Gallery was a great success, with over 200 attendees over the two weeks. Following the show I gave a presentation to SCBWI Tokyo on creating "Power Portfolios", if I get some event snapshots I'll post them here, but in the meantime here's a few snippets from the exhibition.

Seren made herself very useful setting up the show.

A few panoramas of the gallery. Pinpoint is a relatively small space, but ideally located right in the middle of the fashionable Aoyama district and highly focused on children's books. For a book illustrator it's the perfect size for a solo show. There were 32 pictures on display altogether, mainly from my published picture books like The Boat in the Tree and The House of the World, but with a number of graphic works created especially for the show too.

The majority of images represented a selection of work from the last three years.

I was in the gallery for around 4 hours every day. Seren was occupied by a growing number of activities, games and gifts and was an angel... for the first week at least!

A few of my more recent books released in Japan were on sale, like the Japanese edition of Jenny Nimmo's Charlie Bone series (Tokuma Shoten), and Zipper-kun to Chaku no Maho (Rironsha).