Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Illustrations and sources

This week I'm working on a new (second) edition of my father's first novel, Three Treasures, set in 1643, during the English Civil War. I've edited it, and am now drawing various illustrations and maps based on the period.

These are a few examples:

The first and third are based, respectively, on an old painting and a woodcut I found online, the second is from an engraving of seventeenth century Dorchester in Wessex Images, by John Chandler, that I picked up in our local curiosity centre.

Greetings cards

A few years ago, I produced a range of greetings cards which were available in shops in Dorchester and Bridport, and via an Etsy shop. Then I got a full-time job at a local publishing company, and, what with that, and my three teens, and dog and two cats, the cards took a back seat.

A few months ago, I gave all my old stock to my mum, and she's been selling them to raise money for a local charity. They've sold so well that we have had to reprint about half the designs, which now have "all profits go to charity" printed on the back. And she has been getting some lovely feedback from people about the cards, so I thought, why not reissue a non-charity set.

Liz Poulain greetings cards are now on sale at Melbury Gallery in Sherborne. As soon as I have time, they'll also be available online. Bit busy illustrating the next couple of books at the moment!

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

It's been a while ...

It's been a while since I've posted anything here – in fact, it's been so long, it took a bit of detective work to rediscover my account login details. Anyway, here I am. I have been very busy working for a local publishing company in Dorchester for the last three years, but recently went freelance again. My first piece of freelance work was to finally illustrate my father's story A Magic Smell for a Marrow.
A Magic Smell for a Marrow, by Jack Elwin, ISBN 978-1-912609-00-0 Price: £7.99. Available Spring 2018

It was a story that he'd told my children, and my nephews and nieces; and they (and we, their parents) always found it very funny. He also entertained the local primary school children with it, over a number of years, so it's been thoroughly tested out.

He and I discussed me illustrating it for him, back in early 2012, shortly before he died, aged 81, but it's taken me this long to find the confidence in my illustrating style to feel I could do it justice. I wish he was here to see it!

Here's the original sketch that I did for him, back in 2012 (if you look at the photo of Jack here, I think the magician looks quite like him!):
... and here are a few of the final book illustrations. The book will be available later in Spring 2018, along with several other children's books, published by Fuzzypig Books.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Friday, 23 January 2015

Monday, 3 February 2014

Postcard for Twitter Art Exhibit

I'm posting this off today to Orlando for this year's Twitter Art Exhibit