The Narnia Tree

One happy September afternoon, while book-shopping with Sarah in Auxerre, I came across this beaut of a book, ARBRE, by Amandine Laprun, which got me thinking.

I'd already been working on some illustrations for the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe for my portfolio, and the fold-out-tree-cum-book format seemed perfect for Lucy and Mr Tumnus. It's been a horribly long time since I got my act together and sent out anything vaguely self-promotional, so I vowed that, this Christmas, I would send something no less than SPECTACULAR. The Eiffel Tower of self promotion, a thing so exquisite that art directors all over the world would weep tears of joy. You know the sort of thing. Instead, I did this:

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I've been working on these illustrations for a couple of months and finally, last week, I had a whole forest of paper trees, ready to spread their roots! Well, nineteen to be precise, and one with a bit of avocado on it.

I'm quite pleased with how these turned out, but mostly very chuffed that I actually got them in the post the right side of Christmas! Here's to a 2018 full of doing some actual, proper work.

But before then, I plan to eat, drink, be merry, and attempt to bring some sort of order to the hovel that is my studio. And to draw some nice animals. And make a good sort of list. And go for a run, because it's been a while. And finish all those ink paintings I started before I remembered that I don't have time to do self-initiated projects in December. And finish making my crackers. And wrapping presents. And...

MERRY CHRISTMAS!