Here is a section of a new picture from Willy and the Cloud. Cheer up, Willy!
Don't forget Mother's Day is this Sunday. Here's a Gordon Fraser Mother's Day card that I designed about 30 years ago...
Here is the first picture from Willy and the Cloud.
As you can see I am not afraid of cutting up my pictures - I wasn't happy with the background so I cut out the main image and stuck it down on a fresh piece of paper. Traditionally I have painted the Willy books in watercolour, but following on from Willy's Pictures I decided again to use gouache. It's a much slower process but I feel it gives the illustrations a more solid reality.
It's been a strange summer. Last May I broke a finger on my right hand whilst running in the woods, so I've been unable to work on a new book until now. I find it difficult to paint or draw but have returned to my favourite character - Willy. The first Willy book came out in 1984 and I've produced seven all together so far. I feel more comfortable painting a character that I know so well, and the new book will be called Willy and the Cloud. This is a page from the dummy.
Have you ever wondered how Anthony Browne develops his ideas? Follow Anthony over the next few months and watch as he starts work on his new book.