What do Caterpillars Dream of? Meet Bright Artist Clive McFarland

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Since Clive McFarland was little he only wanted to draw things. He grew up in Northern Ireland and studied at Liverpool School of Art and Design. Surviving endless paper cuts, he passed his degree and, after a series of other jobs, finally began working as an illustrator.We chatted with Clive about his latest publication, Caterpillar Dreams, a beautiful tale of a caterpillar who dreams of seeing the world beyond his garden. Caterpillar Dreams was met with rave reviews!

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Tim McDonagh – Star Wars Galactic Atlas

All artwork © and TM 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd

 

From a galaxy far, far away to a beautifully-illustrated book near you…. this was definitely one of those projects that was difficult to keep a secret, especially as it began unfolding in such a magnificent way. This year, we managed to land our very own resident Star Wars fantastic Tim McDonagh the brief of his dreams: to illustrate an entire Star Wars book.

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Behind the Book: The Answer for Little Worriers with Gabe Alborozo & Matthew Morgan

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As adults we often worry: about paying the bills, about work, family, politics, health — well just about everything really. But as adults we also know there’s a way to sort things out (hopefully and for the most part) We know we can talk about it, and there is help out there. We understand why we worry — mostly.

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An Unexpected Visitor: Behind the Book with Bright Star Jessica Courtney-Tickle

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Jessica Courtney-Tickle is an incredible talent. Her soft and misty landscapes are dream-like and comforting. The perfect, peaceful way to send little ones off to sleep at night. Her debut picture book is due out in February and published by Egmont. The theme is environmentally friendly as is the material from which the book is made; Egmont use paper sourced from sustainable forests, which is the first message you see on opening the book.

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Thomas Flintham’s Game Over, Super Rabbit Boy!

It was the computer games of Thomas Flintham’s childhood in the 90’s that inspired him to go on to write a series of stories called Press Start! The first book in the series, Game Over, Super Rabbit Boy! is published this month in the US by Scholastic and will hit the shops in the UK in August. 

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Jonny Duddle’s Cover Illustrations for J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts Library Books

Bloomsbury have released brand-new hardback editions of J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts Library Books with these irresistible new jacket illustrations by Jonny Duddle. Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard are published this month with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them released in March.  (more…)

Behind the Book with Dave Mottram

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Dave Mottram lives in Ohio with his wife, daughter and black lab, Gracie. He drew so much as kid, he would occasionally run out of paper. There were paper bags filled with Dave’s art all over the house. Still drawing after all these years, he now enjoys watching his daughter draw all the time. The circle continues! His latest book, Race Car Dreams published with Running Press Kids in September 2016.

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