Distinction for Jonathan..

Jonathan Cooper has just passed the Illustrating children’s books diploma with distinctions can now be seen on our honours list >> I have added one of Jonathan’s final pieces below along with a close up detail of the illustration. We have been following Jonathan work while he has been on the course, the illustrations that he creates are not only executed beautifully but they are all very professional. Jonathan follows each brief carefully and his ideas for them are extremely creative. We are sure that Jonathan will have  very successful career ahead of him and we wish him the best of luck!


The Magic Walnut

Judy Elizabeth Wilson, received her certificate this week for successfully passing the Illustrating Children’s books diploma course with distinctions. Judy recently illustrated ‘The Magic Walnut’ which you can read more about below and view a few illustrations form the book itself. If you are interested in Judy’s work, don’t forget to follow the links below too. We would like to wish Judy every success for her future illustrating career.
In December 2012 I made contact with Dominic Leyton, the author of The Magic Walnut. Dominic wrote a post on the lac blog calling for an illustrator. I read the manuscript of The Magic Walnut. I loved the characters, the setting and the story.The Magic Walnut is a beautiful story about a young swan who is frightened of flying and how he learns to overcome his fears and believe in himself with the help of an old mouse called Nunu.In the middle of 2013 we found a publisher.

Dr Lynne Whatmore of World´s Fair LTD has now published The Magic Walnut as an e-book which is online to buy at Amazon Kindle.While the e-book has one image per chapter, the printed book will feature the whole collection of images.There are 22 full page illustrations plus vignettes for the chapter headings and the front cover. I produced a short animation for The Magic Walnut. Take a look and ‘like’ The Magic Walnut on Facebook >>

This book has been a great project to take part in. I´m looking forward to see how Terry and Nunu´s adventure is received. It is an empowering story that everyone can relate to, especially young children.

Judy Elizabeth Wilson

The Magic Walnut Amazon Kindle stores worldwide.
Visit – The Magic Walnut website  >>
Visit – Publishers Worlds Fair on Facebook >>
Visit – Judy on Facebook >>
Visit – The Magic Walnut on Facebook >>


Chinese Brush Painting Tutor at craft event..

Our Chinese Brush Painting Course tutor, Monika Cilmi, is going to be having a stand at this years Lavenham Christmas Craft Market in Suffolk UK. If any of our readers, or Monikas students are in the area, they are more than welcome to attend and say hi to Monika and see her work.

A few other events that Monika will be participating in are an exciting art project in Africa (summer 2014), Solo exhibition At Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, Suffolk UK (16-22 May 2014) and a Video installation of  Monikas work for a performance in Spain in collaboration with a musician and a dancer from Mexico (10/11 May 2014). We will of course bring you more information and news about these events nearer the time.

We wish Monika all the best at the Christmas Craft Market!


Annekes story about Babis

Anneke, a student currently studying on the Pet Portrait Diploma course, has created a wonderful portrait for her vet of her vets dog babis. Here is Annekes story behind the portrait….


This is Babis, a Kokoni (this is a terrier mix of Crete).  I promised Michali for a long time, that I would make a drawing of his dog.  He is the vet that takes care of our dog for many years when we are on Crete (she is 14 years old). Babis is always there wandering around, either in the waiting room or in the practice area.

Normally I hate waiting for something, but not in Michali’s practice. Compared to the organized veterinary practices in Holland, always something happens there, the door from the waiting room and the practice is always open. Most of the time he is working on different animals at the same time, the phone is answered, or somebody pops into the practice room with some poorly chicks or other animals.In spite of this, he always gives a lot of time and explains things when necessary.I even attended several small operations on our dog and he explained everything he was doing. Because our dog is old, I come there frequently for minor things and several times I was not allowed to pay.

I therefore made this drawing of Babis for him with al my heart. As you can see, he was very happy and he insisted to take this photograph with Babis in his arms. The drawing now hangs proudly in his waiting area. He waited for my approval for the best spot!