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Totton College Library Opening


Today I had the enormous pleasure of officially opening the brand new Totton College library, or more correctly, the Learning Resource Centre. 

I attended Totton College as an A-level student between '89 and '91 so as an ex-student who now writes and illustrates books they thought me a good fit as the man to hand the ceremonial scissors to. 

I was told to bring some books along in case people were interested and ended up almost selling out, which was a great bonus. Whether or not the magnificent attendance was down to me or the promise of a lavish spread of food and drink I couldn't say, although I'd be tempted to go with the former.

Posted in News by Simon on 01/12/2016

Quincey Quokka's Quest Is Now An App



We're pleased to announce that Quincey Quokka's Quest is now available as an interactive ebook.

Through this book children help Quincey through a series of activities that require them to remember, control their actions and exert control over their thinking. In doing so, children gain valuable experience in support of their cognitive development. This app is an interactive ebook version of Quincey Quokka's Quest, which allows children to continue interacting with the book even if an adult reader is not available to share it with them. Complete with character voices and animations, Quincey's world is now as immersive as ever.

Quincey Quokka's Quest was first developed as a picture book to support children's cognitive development. The abilities it aims to foster have been shown to play an essential role in setting the stage for a broad range of outcomes in later life (e.g., school readiness, academic achievement, social and emotional competence). Quincey Quokka's Quest aims to promote the development of these abilities, giving children the best possible start to life. 

Quincey Quokka's Quest has been featured by numerous media outlets (e.g., ABC News, WIN News in Australia). It is also the subject of peer-reviewed research published in Educational Psychology Review, as well as ongoing research, which outlines its benefits. 

To download the app please visit Apple’s App Store.

For further information, visit www.quinceyquokka.com 

Posted in Books by Admin on 27/10/2016

Colour-In Mazes


At the beginning of the year I created a series of colour in mazes for three books to be published by Award Publications on the themes of dinosaurs, farms and the jungle.


It's taken a while to get my copies, but they've finally arrived so I thought I'd share a couple of the mazes here. Each maze comes with a little explanatory text, which I didn't set, hence it missing from the artwork. I'm sure you can work it out.

Drawing Cats Workshop At Abbotswood Juniors


I do a few different workshops and talks to schools and groups, but one of the more unusual ones is to the children of Abbotswood Junior School. For the third year I'd been asked back to help kick off their study of Varjak Paw, a children's book by S.F. Said and illustrated by Dave McKean. My part has been to give the children confidence and encouragement in drawing cats, so I've run a short cartooning workshop that includes step-by-step drawings for them to follow.

The idea is to make the children familiar enough with the subject matter that they can go away and draw their own cat characters, complete with personalities, poses and props that suggest a much more rounded and complete feline than perhaps they'd be able to achieve otherwise. Abbotswood have large year groups, and taking several classes in one session isn't normally something I'd do, but such is the organisation that it all goes swiftly and smoothly with plenty of contented faces. Afterwards I also got the opportunity to do several small focus groups with some of the children, which is always great fun to see up close what they can achieve with a little guidance. Have had some really positive feedback from the day and we're already looking forward to next year.

Posted in Schools by Simon on 24/10/2016

The Lakes Comic Arts Festival 2016


Have just spent a wonderful weekend with some good cartooning chums at the Lakes Comics Arts Festival in Kendal. The Cartoonists' Club of Great Britain was there for a third year recruiting new cartoonists, selling our cartooning gubbins and doing plenty of large scale live drawing that the public could snap up on the spot. 

Great fun, although shattered now...

Posted in News by Simon on 17/10/2016

Marwell's Zany Zebras – One last time...


Popped in to see Trojan this morning for a very minor bit of repair work. After several weeks on the trail it ended up with a small scuff on the nose and a chocolate fingerprint, so that's not bad considering the horror stories that some of the artists had to deal with. The Marwell team have been run ragged dealing with it all, but they've done an outstanding job considering it's been full on pretty much all day seven days a week.

Trojan's now all set for his appearance at the Ageas Bowl with all the other zebras from Friday 14th until Monday 17th October, then the grand auction on the evening of the 18th. If you fancy bidding, or know someone that might be interested, get yourself registered pronto. 

Posted in Cartoons by Simon on 04/10/2016

Visit To Poulner Infants



Shortly after the beginning of term I paid a visit to Poulner Infant School. They were going to be looking at British wildlife and their habitats so I got to share my children's books about the New Forest with them. Each class is named after a different wild animal so we also did a spot of drawing, where the children followed my step-by-step instructions to create their class creature. This is always a very satisfying activity because despite the children being relatively young the process uses just simple lines, shapes, numbers and letters to build up the picture, so nothing is too complicated and the results are always impressive. It also gives them the confidence to tackle other drawings using the same technique. Thanks for having me, Poulner!

Posted in Schools by Simon on 27/09/2016

Zebra Auction!


The Zany Zebras trail is into its last fortnight, so thoughts are now turning to the Charity Fundraising Auction. This will take place at The Hilton at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday 18th October 2016, but if you're interested in going along and placing a bid on one (I hear The Trojan Zebra sponsored by Oxygen Freejumping is rather good) then you need to register for tickets as soon as possible.

A link to the auction guide is here, and you can bid in person, on the telephone by placing a proxy bid, or via the EasyLive Auction online.

There are 48 zebras in the auction, from beautiful mosaics to incredible paintings, and one with plenty of sparkle, so there's a very good chance you can acquire some rather fabulous art for your business, garden, restaurant, conservatory, wherever. The Go Rhinos! auction from a few years ago was a tremendous success with the rhinos being sold into commercial and private hands alike, so don't miss out. And if you know somebody with a couple of quid who might be interested, please do pass on this info and encourage them to register now. Don't leave it too late!

Posted in News by Admin on 15/09/2016

Marwell's Zany Zebras: Trojan Zebra Fun Sheet


If you're heading into Southampton to do the Zany Zebra's trail this summer you might also like to take along a fun sheet for my Trojan Zebra. Spot In The Stripes challenges you to find a number of the lions hiding across the zebra and a very specific zebra too.

You can find the sheet on my artist's page on the Marwell's Zany Zebras website here.

Posted in News by Simon on 17/08/2016

New Children's Picture Book - Fudge The Jersey Cow


Ceratopia Books is pleased to announce Fudge The Jersey Cow, the new book written by Farmer Bryan (Bryan Pass) and illustrated by Simon Chadwick.

Farmer Bryan runs the popular New Forest visitor attraction Longdown Activity Farm and through his books he aims to share about the animals and day-to-day tasks of looking after them. In Fudge The Jersey Cow we get to witness the birth of Fudge's calf, Toffee, milking, and the problems with hoof-clipping, to name but a few. 
 
The friendly, colourful illustrations are inviting with plenty for young eyes to discover as they share in Fudge's experiences.

Get your copy today direct from Longdown Activity Farm, through the Ceratopia website, or via Amazon.

Posted in Books by Admin on 03/08/2016

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