Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Jack and the Beanstalk - Collins 'Big Cat' series.

Jack and the Beanstalk - Cover

Earlier this year I was commissioned by Collins Education to illustrate Jack and the Beanstalk for their Collins 'Big Cat' imprint, a hugely successful series of educational picture books for use in schools to inspire and motivate young readers.

I really enjoyed illustrating this one, written by award winning children's author Caryl Hart, (author of numerous fabulous picture books!) I also had the pleasure of working with designer Jane Hawkins who was in charge of the layouts and all the technical wizardry that is entailed with making these kinds of books. 

I'm always really excited to receive my sample copies of anything I work on and I was really thrilled to receive my copy of Jack and the Beanstalk this week, and have taken a few photos. 

As this book is intended for educational classroom use it did have a very tight brief, and I had to be careful to articulate the clear message with each illustration without too many distractions or additional elements ( however I did manage to sneak in a pair of cheeky mice which appear throughout the story) I was also mindful to keep colours nice and bright and cheery and leave my pot of black ink well alone... I'm really pleased with how it has turned out... and so is the giant :) 

You can check out all the Big Cat picture books on their website here -

Also check out Caryl Hart's website to see some of her amazing picture books -

The cheeky mice