Ronai David, Damien Mortini and Aurelien Gantier put together Christmas Experiments, a digital advent calendar that reveals a new web-based treat every day throughout December. Each one is the product of a different developer.
My favourite is Finding Home by Michael Anthony, which features a little ball of light that travels into amazing landscapes that change colours and time, going through mountains and space and then into a galaxy, it is pretty awesome!
I want to tell you about an amazing illustrator who is doing an awesome project called Pequeños Grandes Mundos (Little Big Worlds). His name is Ivanke, and he is Argentinian. I came across his work via Facebook because he is a friend of a friend. He is travelling all over Latin American, staying in tiny little villages, helping kids to draw, and running workshops for free. His paying for all these projects himself and has already been to Argentina, Bolivia, Perú, Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico y Cuba.
There is one simple goal: to create art with children from cities all around the world, reaching boys and girls from different communities in every continent.
550 days, 50 countries drawing with kids. He spent 230 in Latin America and the next stop is Asia. You can see a film about this project here with subtitles.
How can you help? Well, you can buy his illustrations that help to subsidise the last bit of his trip in Asia here or in his online shop where you can buy beautiful framed illustrations. Christmas is coming and you will be a supporting a wonderful project!
I can’t recommend enough this book. The illustrations are stunning and it is a story to think about what it means to be different. Glorious book of Peter Brown to enjoy with or without little ones, if you are a fan of illustrated books, just buy it.
I adore Rosie Blair illustrations, they are just adorable and funny. The characters are just perfect and they will make you smile every time. She is based in Wimbledon Art Studios and you can see her artwork at the next Open Studios or contact her via her website to order cards, prints, commissions, etc. My favourite “Morning Hair” 🙂
I recently discovered these gorgeous books by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski. The stories are about a witch and her cat. They are colourful, fun, crazy story lines and even weird I can say. That is why I like them so much. I thought they were new, because of their modern, simply and bright illustrations, and then I discovered that they were written more than 30 years ago. If you don’t know about them, go to the local library and get a copy, I’m sure they will have them there. Extremely enjoyable.
Rob Murray just make me laugh so much. He has these brilliant ideas on paper to make everyone smile.
His cartoons appear in Private Eye, Reader’s Digest, The Spectator, Prospect, The Oldie, The Week and many other magazines. Based in London,he is also a regular pocket cartoonist for Scottish daily newspaper The Press & Journal. Other magazines that use Rob’s work include Prospect, The Week, History Today, Viz, The Oldie, New Humanist, and numerous trade publications. Enjoy!
Not long ago, we spent a weekend away at Stratford-Upon-Avon. And of course because we were therem, I went to see the house Willy, I mean Shakespeare sorry, was born. But something else got my attention.
In front, there was a shop who was specialised in Peter Rabbit things. Everything you can imagine there for Peter Rabbit fans. I bought a set of chocolates for my son with his name and originals illustrations of Beatrix Potter. He loved it.
So if you are around and you are a fan of Beatrix Potter, the address is: 39 Henley Street, Stratford-Upon-Avon, CV37 6QW, UK.
Basically just go to Shakespeare house and this gift shop is in front. They don’t have a website unfortunately.
This book is a classic, an “I spy” story with Rhymed text and gorgeous illustrations. Written and illustrated by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, Each Peach Pear Plum is one of the most popular picture books in public libraries. I found it in a clearance of books from a playgroup that we used to go. Lucky me.
Laura Varksy is an Argentinian illustrator. She was a teacher of mine when I was studying at the University of Buenos Aires. Her calligraphic work is absolutely beautiful and it has a particular style that is very recognizable. She started working in the music industry designing art covers for CD which took her to win a Latin Grammy for best packaging in 2006.
Four years after her graduation as a designer she rediscovered the world of illustration working for editorial projects, several labels and artistic projects.
Enjoy her work.
Every year, Wimbledon Art Studios opens their doors to visitors. Every artist uses their own studio to show what they’ve been working on all year. What I love about this place is the atmosphere and that you can find a whole range of art – photography, illustration, design, painting, sculpture – there is something for every taste.
This year I will be participating here with my paintings, illustrations and paper sculptures, and I’m very excited.
So if you are a Londoner put in your diary and do come and visit from November 22nd to 25th, and you can see more than 150 artist all in the same place!
For more info click here or read the images below.