Blog - March 2017

Cartooning For Cub Scouts



I got to do a series of cartoons for a cub pack recently who had been thinking of ideas using play-on-words. They supplied the suggestions and all I had to do was draw them. For example, the pack was called First Hawkwell, so they wanted a group of orcs queuing up at a hospital with the first of them coming out cured, or, first orc's well. There were lots of good ideas for me to draw, including the pack leaders' titles. You may not know that the leaders are named after characters in the Jungle Book, so with that in mind, can you work out which character the sheep cartoon refers to? Apparently these shall be adorning clothing right about now.

Posted in Cartoons by Simon on 15/03/2017

Drawing Workshop at Morgan Vale & Woodfalls CE Primary


On 28th February I spent a great morning with the children of Morgan Vale & Woodfalls CE Primary School. The day began with a pop-up shop in the playground where parents and children got to see my books and say hello - fortunately the sun shone on us all. Next I moved into the hall where I joined the lower school for a reading of New Forest Friends & The Litterbugs, a quick made up animal drawing, and then a step-by-step drawing of Beaulieu the Hedgehog. The children were brilliantly attentive and full of smiles throughout. The step-by-step drawing is something I've only ever done with Year 1 and upwards, but one reception boy was hanging on my every word so his teacher suggested he join in too and his resulting drawing was magnificent. Then, after a quick coffee, it was time to do it all again with the upper school, although here I swapped the reading of the story for a more in-depth chat about what I do and how I do it.

A really lovely school and a great bunch of children. Thank you for having me!

Posted in Schools by Simon on 03/03/2017

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