Stealing some of the glitterball limelight from Strictly Come Dancing, Sir Dancealot is out now from Bloomsbury. This nimble-toed young knight has a novel approach to combat – defeating his enemies through the medium of dance!
Written by acclaimed children’s author Timothy Knapman and illustrated by me, this is a hilarious story of sequinned clothes, dragon foes and twinkly toes.
From jiving away trolls to boogying aside bogglesnots and bopping off beasties, there’s not a fearsome foe Sir Dancealot can’t defeat.
But when a fire-breathing dragon arrives at the castle gates demanding a dance-off, everyone is worried.
Could this be one step too far for our hero of the dance floor?
Tim’s rhyming romp was a joy to illustrate. Although drawing a dancing, ice-skating dragon did present some challenges!
*September 2016 Book of the Month*
“This zany idea is perfectly executed through a jolly rhyming text and lively illustrations. Kids will love the idea of Strictly with dragons”
Read It Daddy
“Sir Dancealot” is full of fun and bops along to its own sequin-encrusted rhythm thanks to awesome writing from Timothy and brilliant energetic illustrations from Keith.
Mum To Five
“a much loved recent addition to the kid’s bookshelf”
Blimey! I’m beyond excited to be working with Disney-Hyperion Books, creating all the artwork for The Percy Jackson Coloring Book.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians is a bestselling book series by Rick Riordan. It follows the adventures of a twelve-year-old who discovers he is a son of Poseidon. Percy and his friends meet gods, battle monsters, and take on the Titans from Greek mythology.
All of which is brilliant fun to draw! It’s going to take a while (the colouring book will run to over 90 pages), but in the meantime, here’s a sneak-peek at the cover.
In other news, I’ve just received my advance copies of Sir Dancealot from the lovely people at Bloomsbury. Hurrahalot!
Written by the brilliant Timothy Knapman, and illustrated by me, Sir Dancealot defeats all manner of fearsome beasts through the medium of dance, until one day, a light-footed dragon turns up.
‘A hilarious story of sequinned clothes, dragon foes and twinkly toes.’
I’ll post more about this when Sir Dancealot will hits bookstores and ballrooms in early September.
And while we’re on the subject of dancing dragons, just for fun here’s a little Knight music to finish off with.
Seems like a good excuse for some pictures of knights and dragons. Not that I ever need an excuse for pictures of knights and dragons…
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2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. To celebrate this literary milestone Guernsey Post commissioned me to create a set of stamps and collectable products. Stamps? Alice in Wonderland? Suffice to say it was pretty much a dream project.
My central idea was, what would postage stamps from Wonderland look like? I referenced vintage stamps from around the time of the book’s publication, which typically feature a portrait with decorative frame and border. I used bright colours in carefully chosen combinations, to bring out the slightly psychedelic feeling of the book. The character portraits also had to be instantly recognisable out of context of the book, which meant connecting with a popular consciousness of Wonderland while bringing something fresh to the familiar characters. The illustrations were also designed with the final postage stamp size of reproduction in mind.
For the characters, I went to the sort of ‘central casting’ that I carry around in my head. I quite often approach characters in this way – try to think who I’d cast as them in a film. It usually ends up being an amalgam of several people – and not necessarily famous people. There might be elements of Friends, family or people I’ve sketched on the Tube.
I wanted Alice to be a modern little girl, so I updated her outfit, hairband and hairstyle. She’s about 90% based on my daughter actually. (Who just happens to have a pet flamingo. No, not really.)
The rabbit is sort of based on Captain Mainwaring from Dad’s army as he’s a pompous character, obsequious to his superiors and disdainful to his juniors.
I had the Beat Generation writer William Burroughs in mind for the caterpillar. He’s got that wonderful voice – that’s JUST how the caterpillar would speak!
And the Hatter is quite unashamedly Terry Thomas. By the way, you might notice his hat is a giant tea cup and the famous price tag on the hat is like one of those dunking tea bags on a string. (Incidentally the price is now 52 and a half pence, which I read somewhere is about the modern equivalent of the classic ‘In this style, 10/6’ on the original illustrations!)