Tempi's friends

Despite being very busy throughout June and into July, I've still managed to make time to work on my children's book, Tempi. I'm so happy to have finished the back cover of the book, which shows Tempi's friends coming together to make music. Although these other characters may only show up on a few pages of the book, I've spent a lot of time thinking about who they are and what real-world person they may be inspired by. I've written before about how the badger is inspired by Joe Strummer. When I was a teenager, I used to watch the documentary The Clash: Westway to the World religiously. I loved the part where Strummer says 'If someone had come in and said, "Let's play this with balalaikas,"

July's inspiration

June has been incredibly busy, but in the most enjoyable way. My haul from ELCAF, UAL degree shows, and the Illustrator's Summer Fair UAL Degree shows 2018 Mid-June was the start of the degree shows at UAL, and I had my first chance to see the Chelsea and Camberwell undergraduate shows since starting my job at UAL. The last time I went to a degree show was probably my own back in 2010. It was also the first time I saw the newly refurbished Camberwell campus. I was very impressed by the quality of the work at both UAL colleges. Of course, seeing the Chelsea show was a nice insight into the kind of work our students create. Working in the library, I know a bit about what academic projects the

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