On Sunday I was at Blackwell's for part of the Love Charing Cross Road festival. In my Colour & Count books with Blue Apple Books, I go over some basic printmaking techniques, and I was at the festival to demonstrate printmaking using everyday items such as leaves, play-doh, cardboard, and poster paint. The event was open to adults and children of any age and artistic skill.
There was lots going on at the festival including free face painting across the road in Foyle's, so I decided I'd better get my war paint on before getting down to business.
Sarah at Blackwell's had done a fantastic job of getting things together together for our crafting session. I think the bubble wrap prints are especially awesome.
This is a print I made using cardboard, in case you can't tell, it is a sad elephant.
Francis' crafting skills put me to shame.
Lovely ladies having fun. Photo by Luke Rhodes.
Thank you for having me, Blackwell's! See you next year!
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
I own a lot of picture books. Books with great stories, books with great illustrations, books with gatefolds, pop ups, lift the flaps, long ones, short ones, tall ones, wide ones, so many that I have started making new shelves on my book case by stacking books horizontally on top of the vertical ones. I never grew out of them and I know I never will. It would be impossible to make a Top Ten list.. but here are a few favourites:
Monday, 28 January 2013
Sunday, 16 December 2012
It's been a few months! If you haven't already, and you'd like to, please 'like' my facebook page, Nicola O'Byrne Illustration, which I update almost daily. I have been trying a couple things out for a publisher. The text is lovely but a little tricky to illustrate. The feedback I got for my first sample was that it was lacking in personality and the relationship between the papa bird and the chick wasn't developed.
I've tried to simplify things down and zoom in, hopefully this works better.