Adventures in Illustration! Part 3

Leaving Kings Cross, I made my way to Covent Garden where one of my favourite (non-book!) shops: The Moomin Shop!

Having spent a very pleasant (if hot!) time buying more things I don't really need, I made my way to Charing Cross Road. On the way, I found a few more of the BFG's Dream Jars.

Once at Foyles, I went to level 5 to see the Christina Balit exhibition which is inspired by mythological worlds.

Using a mix of watercolour, gouache, pencil and gold ink, Christina Balit has illustrated over 20 children’s books by hand. From Atlantis to Egypt, the Zodiac to Pompeii, her work brings life and colour to myths and legends from around the world.

The exhibition focused on twelve of her books and the original artwork from these. Each picture was beautiful and captured the scene perfectly. 

I love her paintings and was delighted to have the opportunity to admire each picture in the exhibition. Once home, I had to get out and re-read some of the books she has illustrated!

Having visited a few bookshops and tracked down a few more Dream Jars, I made my way home, having enjoyed my adventures in illustration!

Happy Birthday, Sarah McIntyre!

Some people are born to stand out in a crowd and the wonderful Sarah McIntyre is certainly one of those!

Often to be found at Literary Festivals sporting the most incredible outfits that only she could get away with, Sarah is also well known for her friendly smile and great sense of humour- and of course, her amazing artistic talents!

Here at JAB HQ, we are great fans of Sarah's work and do our very best to support her 'Pictures Mean Business' campaign. For someone like myself who really wishes she could draw/ paint, there is nothing more inspiring than watching children having a go at drawing sea monkeys, pugs, mermaids etc with huge enthusiasm using Sarah's style to inspire them to succeed. 

Every time I read 'Oliver and the Seawigs' to a class, it takes us such a long time to get through! The illustrations demand attention and the children insist on passing it round for a closer look which inevitably leads to drawing and laughter! 

For those interested in comics and illustration, Sarah's website offers plenty of ideas and assistance. 'Vern and Lettuce' are huge favourites in my classroom- I need to buy a new copy for my next class as my last one (book, not class!) is getting very dog-eared! 

So- a very happy birthday to a very talented lady! Thank you for making us all smile!