This weekend has been just milestone after milestone for Amelia J. Firstly she rolled over from front to back not once but twice and then yesterday while we were in a craft store buying paper she did her first full blown laugh (ha ha ha ha ha ha!) at an unsuspecting sales assistant – he wasn’t particularly funny looking but he did have some wonderfully long dreadlocks. Perhaps she is going to grow up with a penchant for dreadlocks and craft shops. It could be worse.
While checking out Chronicle Books’ site for new release children’s books, I came across Ruby’s Wish which is illustrated by expat Australian Sophie Blackall. A search on the illustrator brings back very little in the way of results, but there are two pages of her work on her agent’s site and a page of the books she has illustrated at Amazon. I really like the way she uses a colour other than black (mostly red) for her outlines which is something I have done a couple of times in some of my things (eg. 1 and 2) but with the subtle blending of the watercolours that she uses the line work looks incredibly beautiful and luminous.