Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Plum Pudding Drawing Day!

Yesterday, for the first time, we packed up our pencils and picnic blankets and headed up to London for the Plum Pudding Drawing Day! A day of doodling in the glorious sunshine with some of our wonderful artists - what could be better?!

With so many project deadlines on the go, the chance to get stuck into location drawing really doesn't come often for our artists. It was a welcome change for all of us, as everyone commented that they felt thoroughly relaxed and de-stressed at the end of the day. It was also a fantastic chance for those that came to spend time with their fellow illustrators in a more social setting, plenty of time for all those much-needed catch-ups! 

Can you really think of a better way to spend a gorgeous summer's day? Sitting in the park drawing our surroundings, and each other, in the sunshine with a picnic and a glass of fizz, sounds pretty perfect to us! 

Thanks so much to all who came, we had such a wonderful day with you all. Here's to the next one - we'd better get organising!  

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Eglantine's Day At CBBC

If you tuned into CBBC this Sunday, you will have seen one of our marvelous illustrators Eglantine Ceulemans, alongside the lovely Isla Fisher, who together worked on Isla's new book Marge in Charge.

We turned up at the CBBC studio in Manchester early Sunday morning and Eglantine was shown to the green room where she had a bit of time to sit down and relax. It was then time for the producer, Bec Greenwood, to give her the rundown of the morning’s events before Eglantine was whisked into hair and makeup! Then into the studio for a quick run through and to meet the children that had come to join them there. They had each written a chapter of a book that they would like to write and were all budding authors in the making!

The children then got the chance to ask Eglantine some questions they had prepared, including asking what she likes drawing the most and how she got into illustration. She’d also brought along some of her original drawings from Marge In Charge which everyone quite rightly wooed over! Afterwards, Eglantine and Isla went through some illustrations that children had sent in of well known book characters and they discussed what they liked about them and what they felt worked. 

At the end of the live show, Isla and Eglantine did some book signings for the children - we also managed to get a signed copy for Plum Pudding too!

All in all it was a super exiting day and a great opportunity for our wonderful Eglantine! Well Done Eg!

Friday, 15 July 2016

Eglantine Ceulemans and Isla Fisher live on CBBC this Sunday at 9am!

Tune in to CBBC this Sunday, 17th July at 9am to see Eglantine Ceulemans live on CBBC alongside Isla Fisher talking about their new book - Marge In Charge, which is due to be published at the end of this month! It’s all part of the Awesome Authors event which CBBC is running to inspire a love of reading. 

As well as answering questions from the audience of children and chatting with Isla Fisher about working together as team, Eglantine will be drawing live on telly and giving lots of useful tips on how to draw and what inspires her! 

We’re all super excited to see Eglantine on TV talking about her hilarious, funny and quite frankly fabulous illustrations of the eccentric rainbow haired Marge who turns up to babysit Jake and Jemima but ends up causing all sorts of havoc! 

Check out Eglantine's marvellous portfolio here!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Plum Pudding Illustration Exhibition 2016: Tuesday 3rd May - Fri 6th May

Last night we had the private view of this week's fantastic Plum Pudding Illustration Exhibition at the Coningsby Gallery, London. What an event! Illustrators, authors, editors and designers were there in force! We had a fantastic night of beautiful artwork, wine and music and it was such a joy for us to spend some time with all of our wonderful illustrators and clients - thank you all so much for coming and an extra special thanks to those of you that flew from abroad to be there! You've got us all excited about doing the next one now!

Over 80 Plum Pudding illustrators submitted their artwork for the exhibition, and each and every one of them did an incredible job. I had so many comments from those in attendance about the supremely high standard of art and I'm delighted to say we have already sold several pieces of artwork and had enquiries about others. Well done to all of you who submitted your work - we're extremely proud of you all!

The event itself has taken several months to organise and the actual curation of the show took 7 hours - it's been more than worth it! Here's some photos from the event and the building of the show. 

Thank you all again for coming! Very much looking forward to the next one! From all of us at PP!

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

The House of Illustration's Book Illustration Competition 2016

Calling all illustrators! Don't forget to enter The House of Illustration's fantastic Book Illustration Competition for 2016! The competition closes on the 18th of January 16 so get cracking! 
This year's book is Warhorse by Michael Morpurgo and entry guidelines can be found here.

Seeking to identify and promote new talent in illustration, the Book Illustration Competition is a unique partnership between the House of Illustration and the Folio Society. A fantastic opportunity for any illustrator looking to break further into the industry, the winner will receive a £5000 commission to be published by the Folio Society, with five runners up each receiving £500. 

What are you waiting for? Find out more here!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

A Scribble of Illustrators Exhibition 2015!

Last Thursday, Chloe managed make it down to the private view of the A Scribble of Illustrators exhibition, which features the work of Plum Pudding’s very own artist Paula Bowles! Paula was exhibiting some work from her latest picture book with Bloomsbury: Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth as well as some wonderful illustrations of some spectacular 'catrobats'!

The exhibition showcases twelve children’s book illustrators from around the Bristol and Bath area and is back by popular demand after its success in Bristol a few months ago! A Scribble of Illustrators is being held at the Walcot Chapel Gallery in Bath and co-insides with the Bath Children’s Literary Festival.  

As well as a lovely variety of artwork on the walls there was also the opportunity to purchase postcards, greetings cards and signed copies of the illustrators own books! 

If you're in the area, this is truly an exhibition not to be missed and runs until this Sunday 4th October - so get yourself down there for a bit of nostalgia and inspiration!

Paula is becoming quite the celebrity on the Bristol arts scene, having recently been asked to paint a Gromit for Gromit Unleashed and a Shaun the Sheep for Shaun In the City raising money for children's hospitals across the country, as well as being featured on both BBC Radio Bristol and BCFM Radio! Check out her interview from BCFM Radio's Roma Widger Show this morning here. You can hear Paula if you start listening 13 mins in! Check out Paula's portfolio here.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Marta Costa and Catalina Echeverri Shortlisted for 2016 Heart of Hawick Children's Book Award!

A very big congratulations to our very own Marta Costa and Catalina Echeverri! Their wonderful picture book titles Preposterous Rhinoceros, (written by Tracy Gunarantam), and A Scarf and a Half, (written by Amanda Brandon), have both been shortlisted for the 2016 Heart of Hawick Children's Book Award! Well done to both of our illustrators, the authors and publisher Maverick Arts! We're rooting for you guys!

The Heart of Hawick Children's Book Award is a fantastic award that aims to get children excited about books and reading for fun, learning, confidence and hopefully leading to better life chances. You can read more about this brilliant ward here.

Good luck Marta and Catalina!