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i am involved in such a magical project set up by fellow illustrator jason ruddy called “Bear with me”.

30 amazing illustrators are involved and have a week each to draw a double page spread in the sketch book before they have to send it on to the next illustrator.

the book has a red bear character in, and it is fascinating to watch how his story unfolds.
at the end of the book/project, the book will be auctioned for the very good cause of Great Ormond street hospital.

i am the fourth illustrator to have the book. it was rather scary and daunting to see the real artwork of those superstars before me (catherine rayner, emma chichester clark,and sarah warburton)- so i have given it my best shot and will shortly be posting the book on to the fab chris haughton for him to do his thing.

 i can’t give toooo much away at the moment, but here are a few little snippity snap shots of my work in progress. will add more later! But do keep checking in with the project (via facebook and twitter) to see how it grows and develops.

pencil drawing of the bear
inky bear and tea flask

collage waves for a nice choppy sea

orangey and pinky papers and textures to make into butterflies and kite bows
slap a bit of tissue paper on with glue to get rid of scary white clean piece of paper, then paint a huge moon on it
sew a line for the kite tail

i wish i could keep the book or afford to buy it. it really is going to be something very special indeed by the end of it!

my little eebee girl was intrigued by the book and quite disappointed that i wouldn’t let her do a page, so here is her own! i think i will post it on as an extra… what do you think?!


  1. thanks jo. it is a lovely thing to be part of, and there are some fab people coming up soon….

  2. Jo wrote:

    WOW! I just cannot wait to see the end result of this book, it’s going to be something truly special. And your bear looks amazing, from what we can see in these pics. So exciting!

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