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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

New Forest Show Mascot


The New Forest Show was an absolute pleasure this year filled with high points, including the moment I got to meet Rufus, the New Forest Show mascot, face to face. I was asked to create a horse mascot by the show's organisers who then put a competition out on social media to give the mascot a name – hence Rufus, and a good name it is too. If you were at the show you may also have come across a photo opportunity board where you could pop your head through and have your picture taken alongside Rufus with yourself in the guise of a jockey. If that was the case I'd love to see any results!


Posted in Cartoons by Simon on 02/08/2016

New Forest Show 2016 – Over At The Women's Institute Marquee...



While I was beavering away drawing animal cartoons in the Longdown Activity Farm marquee at the New Forest Show there was something else going on in the Women's Institute tent. One of the challenges for the various WIs this year was to create a storybook sack showing off their various needlecraft skills (if anyone from a WI is reading this please forgive my inability to use the correct parlance). Marchwood WI asked me if they could use my New Forest Friends & The Litterbugs book as the focus for their piece, and I think the end result was jaw-droppingly brilliant. They've interpreted it perfectly, from the detail of a little knitted Emery the Woodmouse trapped in a discarded bottle to the amazing backdrop, made from felt, that looks just like my illustrated page. But it was the depiction of Beaulieu the Hedgehog that really did it for me – just as I'd imagined a soft toy of him would be like. Congratulations to Debra Rich, Judy Saxby, Patricia Berry, Lynda Butterfield and Sandra Gibson for an astounding piece of work. 

Posted in News by Simon on 29/07/2016

Fudge The Jersey Cow At The New Forest Show, 2016


Another year, another New Forest Show... and another new book! After the the rather splendid success of last year's Samuel The Donkey which played it's small part in the Longdown Activity Farm marquee winning the President's Cup, Farmer Bryan suggested doing another. So this year we're pleased to announce Fudge The Jersey Cow, launched today at the show.

Sales on all books have been brisk, up 50% on last year, so rather chuffed about that, and that's including all the books with Farmer Bryan, Val Anne Lee, and Martin Bradley, as well as my New Forest Friends.

If you'd like a copy they're available via Amazon.co.uk or from www.ceratopia.co.uk/shop/ or, if you're local, call in to the Longdown Activity Farm shop if you can't make it along to the show.


Posted in Books by Simon on 26/07/2016

Sneak Peak At New Children's Book


Here's one of my illustrations for a new book we're launching at the New Forest Show in a couple of weeks time... More info to follow soon...

Posted in Books by Simon on 15/07/2016

Wessex Literary Festival 2016


It’s the beginning of another Wessex Literary Festival, so yesterday I was at Testwood School in Totton and today I was at Thornden School In Chandlers Ford. The festival involves various authors sharing their books and how they work with students through workshops and talks, and in my case that means discussing my children’s picture books, sharing some cartooning tips, doing a bit of character design, and, if time, creating a sample children’s book page.


Often the challenge is to encourage the children out of their comfort zones, something students at both schools seemed surprisingly comfortable with, particularly with the character design.


I had more time with Thornden’s children so we were able to fit in some children’s book illustration too, looking at effective layout using some supplied text. Even though we were tight for time they managed some great results and a quick understanding of what was required. An impressive bunch.


Posted in Schools by Simon on 28/06/2016

Author Visit To Ashley Infant School


Here are a few photos from my recent visit to Ashley Infant School, where I got to share my children's books and do a drawing workshop with each of the year 2 classes. We take one of the animals from my New Forest Friends books and, step-by-step, recreate that animal using just lines, shapes, numbers and letters on the page. The children copy each step and slowly build up a picture that looks very similar to mine, meaning even the most under-confident of artists can achieve something recognisable to be proud of.

We polished off the day with a book signing, which I'm pleased to say was well attended. Thank you, Ashley Infants!

Posted in Schools by Simon on 20/06/2016

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