Many of us are familiar with this image. If you commute, you’ll have seen it countless times; maybe not this image exactly, it could be a man, or a different coloured paper, or a book or an electronic device. Its that ‘Don’t bother me!’ image. People guarding their personal space on their way to and from work. Life in a modern city anywhere in the world is tough. I often wonder how we do it, how we keep doing it, and whether we’ll know when enough is enough.
I have always admired ‘watercolourists’! I also always thought, deep down, that it is a classical medium and that there are only so many ways to use it. But after seeing a few ‘modern’ ways to use watercolour I was inspired, or courageous enough to use them for the sketches stage of a new book project. I must admit to being very nervous when I sent the water-coloured roughs to the publisher but am happy to report they went down well. With a bit of practise and luck it might help me widen my appeal as a children’s book illustrator.