Pop Up Festival of Stories

Activities & Play, idea, illustration, kids, London, North London

The festival should be a lot of fun. If you’re in London with a spare few hours, come along and join in!

 

“Cowboy Come home”

character, children's books, design, From the sketchbooks, idea, illustration, Ken Wilson-Max, London, publishing, stories

Working with text and pictures.

The text is written and the layouts are nearly done. The working tittle is above. Here are sketches showing the treatment of the text which, to me, should be almost illustrated. The final exploration will be to bring type and image much closer together.

Recently, agents and publishers have asked for more finished presentation of book ideas. I have to admit to refusing to do this. It takes blood, sweat and tears! The reward is often a rejection with little or no explanation. It is an understandable development, though. Many people want to be published and there are not enough publishing lists is one reason.

Self publishing has opened a door of opportunity for the brave ones. It will take a little while longer to find the best way to do this with kids books, in my view, as they are still more expensive to produce.

K

 

Fingerstration

african, design, illustration, Ken Wilson-Max, kids, London, Zimbabwe

Here’s something for you. A book to download or view that you can take as a present from me. All I ask is that you let me (and your friends) know what you think. Merry Christmas!

Ring a Ring o’ Roses

Activities & Play, children's books, Ken Wilson-Max, kids, London, pre school books, publishing, stories

© Ken Wilson-Max 2011.

I think there is still some thought about the decoration of the type and the flowers that has to happen, but wanted to post it anyway as I’m fairly pleased with the progress.

Ring a Ring o’ Roses

The historical context for this rhyme dates back to around the time of the Great Plague of London (1665). The symptoms of the plague included a rosy red rash in the shape of a ring on the skin and violent sneezing. People carried sweet smelling herbs, or posies, as they believed the disease was transmitted by bad smells.

The death rate of the Great Plague was over 60% and it was eventually brought to a fiery end by the Great Fire of London in 1666 which killed the rats that carried the disease.

More Nursery Rhyme sketches

african, character, children's books, design, idea, illustration, Ken Wilson-Max, London, North London, publishing

This was the first sketch for this rhyme. I don’t think there was a second.