The Grand Old Duke of York

Activities & Play, children's books, design, illustration, Ken Wilson-Max, kids

The Grand Old Duke of York (final sketch)
In 1460, Richard, The Duke of York and his army marched to his castle at Sandal to defend it against the Lancastrian army. Sandal Castle was built on top of a man-made hill 33 feet (10m) above the ground. In a moment of madness he decided to attack the Lancastrians (“ he marched them down again”). His army was overwhelmed and Richard the Duke of York was killed. A similar Nursery rhyme is The King of France went up the hill.

Play

Activities & Play, african, baby, children's books, From the sketchbooks, Ken Wilson-Max, kids, London, pre school books

Play is the work of children. It’s very serious stuff.
Bob Keeshan

Fingers and thumbs

design, idea, iPhone illustrations, Ken Wilson-Max, London, North London

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”

– Vincent van Gogh

Building Site

children's books, design, idea, Ken Wilson-Max, kids, pre school books, publishing, stories

This is from a project for Peaceable Kingdom Press. Its part of ‘My Toolbox – A memory concentration game plus a challenging puzzle’. It was fun to work on something like this with many components, especially after working on picture books solely for the last couple of years.  I could do another one, (hint).

Life size

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

We did it!

The Life Size project is under way. About 100 children from Drayton Park School and myself painted a three metre tall giraffe in one school day. It was tight and I wish there had been more time, but it went smoothly. Life Size is all about showing children size and scale in real terms. We talked about African animals, ways of measuring, what giraffes are like in the wild and they seemed genuinely interested. I got a great big box of chocolates and a thank you card from just about everyone so it was well worth it. The next workshops are at the end of July throughout Brent Council Libraries. I’ll try to remember to give a better heads up to those interested in coming along if you’re in London.
For more about Life Size, visit my website  and look up the events & appearances pages.