So much has been going on recently but I suppose you have to start somewhere. My illustrated Autism Awareness Book, David’s Days, has been sent on a circuitous route to Barefoot Books through the lovely Naomi who mentioned me at a recent conference and was asked to let them have some artwork. Lets hope that something comes of it.
David’s Days has been a long time coming, it was a project for last term and after feedback on composition I decided I would be better to revisit and really concentrate on how the pictures went together. It has been a brilliant way to give myself space without having to reinvent the wheel. I already had the bones of the characters so I was not having to think up a whole new world. Apart from David who went through many incarnations initially until I found him the other children have stayed pretty much as is. The teacher is the one character who changed radically and for the better, although I would like to use the first scribblings at some point.
addendum: Davids Days went to Magination Press in America Too! Both companies did like the artwork and the concept, unfortunately my format is too expensive to print; meaning it is not viable for large runs. However it was shortlisted for the 2013 Association of Illustrators Awards in 2013 and remains one of my favourite projects.
Pen and ink with monotype digitally finished. This book is Designed precisely to bring Autism Awareness into the classroom. Presented as one of three experiences with pull out elements neatly packaged in a carry box. Each pull out is designed as both a kinaesthetic element to help the reader experience autism in an abstract form but also, in a consultation environment, it gives the reader something to fiddle with which can help break down communication barriers.