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I recently attended another portfolio review at the House of Illustration arranced by the SCBWI – in attendance were representatives from the …

London Book Fair 2018

I’d never visited the LBF before, so it was an interesting experience taking part this year and having some of my art …

Canvas prints

Wow – I must be doing something right, because I got a repeat customer! I also got a lesson in canvas printing …

Wow – I made it!

I reached the Undiscovered Voices 2018 final lineup! Well, firstly a big thank you to Working Partners Ltd and especially to Chris …

I’m on the longlist!

Now, firstly, the important stuff. Is ‘longlist’ even a real word? Every spellchecker I use says ‘no’ (but they also say spellchecker’ …

That December feeling

Well, it’s getting close to the close of 2017 and it’s been a rather interesting year. Aside from getting lots of extra …

2017 Booklists

I’m not sure where the geometric idea came from – probably just the requirement to differentiate the lists as much as possible …

2016 Booklists

These designs ended up looking really striking and allowed for the covers to be a decent size. The tidy design made them …

Going back to pixels

Well, I took part in a portfolio intensive critique earlier this year via my SCBWI membership, and it was an eye-opener for …

I’m entering Undiscovered Voices!

http://www.undiscoveredvoices.com/ Run by the SCBWI, this is a competition to showcase the work of unpublished and unagented authors and illustrators. I found …

First author/ illustrator visit!

Well, the Mighty Thumbslurp has been printed at last! To celebrate this momentous event, Janet and myself have just completed our first afternoon …

My first interview!

Well, I’m rather chuffed that someone actually wanted to interview me! http://www.taletrove.com/blog/illustrator-interview-with-jacob-turner/ TaleTrove looks to be on it’s way to becoming a …

Wheelers eBook Platform

This term I was very pleased to finally be able to launch the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Services eBook platform, hosted by …

The mighty Thumbslurp!

WARNING! This book is full of YUCKS, GGRRRRAAHHHS and SNNOOSSEEFFUUPPs.(Not to mention a flying hippopotamus!)

Must Read Booklist 2014

The Must Read posters are the sister set to the Teen Booklist and generally follow the same visual teme. That meant another …

Black skies

I wanted at least one opening line that could be worked into sci-fi. This is a bit of a John Wyndham apocalyptic …

Apples in suitcases

I’m not sure whether any entrants have interpreted the ‘apple’ as an iPhone. I like this design but it’s certainly the most …

Jumping from windows

Being totally unused to Adobe Illustrator, this was the toughest of the 4 posters given the amount going on, but the crisp …

Spinning heads and deep holes

This shamelessly riffed on Hitchcock film posters and was one of the earliest designs for this series of posters, it was also …

Ready to publish…

Janet chose this as the definitive picture of Coco, with her reaction to her newborn sister who supplants her as the centre …

THe List 2011: Spirit

The final poster in the 2011 series, and the one that didn’t quite survive being turned into CMYK colors.

THe List 2011: Water

I love this poster. The colours and composition just work. This was the first in the series that I created and it …

THe List 2011: Fire

Poster 3 in the 2011 series was Fire. The art was a deliberate reversal of composition from Water, but re-used some elements …

THe List 2011: Air

Poster 2 of the 2011 series was Air. The background is predominantly skyscrapers and other architecture from around Tower Hamlets.

Reading with your child

Reading with your child was a promotion for local parents encouraging them to make use of public libraries and bookshops.

Overdesigned Apple?

Hey Apple, give your users more control and we’ll all win http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/10/apple-iphone-announcement-give-users-more-control An interesting article, though I can’t see Apple surrendering control …

The continuing adventures of Coco

Just putting the finishing touches on the artwork for “You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp” and I’ve managed to find another dozen things …

Introducing Coco

This is one of the draft illustrations for Janet Noble’s new series of books that I like to think of as comparable …

Where the blog have you been?

It’s been quite a while since my last post for a number of (good) reasons. I’ve been very busy at work what …

A variety of booklists

I’ve collected here a selection of the booklist poster sets that I’ve produced since 2010 for schools. The 2010 design was in …

!

Just got a surprise email returning from holiday telling me that 8 out of the 10 iPod touches on loan to a …

When I was a lad…

…hand-me-down meant an Action Man with only one working ‘gripping hand’ and an ‘eagle eye’ that looked the wrong way, or a …

Digital Disruption

http://www.digidisruption.co.uk/ Somehow I managed to find myself representing the library at a workshop hosted by Bold Creative at a rather impressive Shoreditch …

Over the bridge and far away

Ah, the Dartford crossing in the grip of autumn fog after a day out at the Essex Schools Library services. It was …

Poster update: Wonder

Now it’s getting there. We changed the theme from “Promise” to “Wonder” – it fitted the artwork better, and feedback from schools is that …

Do your homework!

Have just been asked for some good places to get free e-books to put on tablets that a school have purchased. I …

Ebook lending review announced

Industry specialists will look at the benefits of libraries lending ebooks in a move publishers say will have ‘serious implications’ for the …

Bruce Willis vs Apple

Now I always cheered for Alan Rickman in Die Hard, but no matter what, Bruce ‘the vest’ Willis innevitably ended up chucking …

50 Shades of ****

Ugh. 50 Shades of Grey. And yes, I have read that drivel. Okay, I skimmed the first two books, but that was …

Under the Amazon Eye

Link Big EReader is Watching You from the Grauniad, 4th July 2012. Your e-reader knows how long it took you to finish …

On Google

Google isn’t there to provide answers. It’s there to provide more questions to put to someone who knows what they’re talking about.

News update

A few articles that caught my eye. “Ebooks VAT should be slashed to zero in 2012 budget, say publishers The Guardian Publishers Association …

eBook provision for schools

22nd March 2012 Tower Hamlets Schools Library Services, PDC, English St. Interest from schools is rapidly increasing in eBooks, not least because …