A little over a month to go until the fantastic children's book festival BookFest in Bedford! Last year I took my boys to see Julia Jarman, which they loved, and I ran a drop-in arty crafty workshop "Make your own poster book", which produced brilliant results, yay!
For this year's BookFest, I was asked alongside the Circus of Illustration by David Litchfield to illustrate a favourite children's book character for the poster. Ooooh decisions decisions! So many to choose from but I soon realised that some characters were really hard to re-imagine as their original image was so strong.
In the end I decided to go with Cat in the Hat and Moonface from The Magic Faraway Tree. Although inimitable, I thought there was quite a bit of room for interpretation when reading Cat in the Hat and so I created a completely different version of him. Moonface, on the other hand was a fairly recent discovery for me so I had a blank slate, which made it a little bit easier.
The characters (from left to right) are:
Mr Toad by Andrew Foster
Moonface by me
Peter Pan by Kristina Bullen
Aslan by Katie Allen
Cat in the Hat by me
Gangsta Granny by Marisa Straccia
Max by David Litchfield
Alice by Emily Ross
The poster was put together by the wonderful David Litchfield, the type by super talented Katie Allen!