Time for a Polka Dot Antagonist

Pink Camels and Floating GranniesIn Pink Camels and Floating Grannies I stayed away from having a villain type character. The story was based around Monkey’s grandparents coming to visit and spending the weekend with her, so I didn’t feel like it needed a direct conflict character. It was more a series of family events that everyone could relate to (well – at least a little). My grandmother was a main character and she created a lot of explosive interactions which I felt was enough. The feedback I have been getting from children who have/are reading my story confirmed that I was correct. They are all adequately embarrassed about my Grandmother.

In the second book, my feeling are a little different. In this book, my focus is around Monkey and her friends as they embark on a school camp. All my favourite teachers will be there, including Mrs Pelliot and maybe even Mr Trousers. I have also included a new teacher, Mr Mefer, who is the gym teacher (with a large moustache, of course). During the trip to their camp, Monkey, her friends and Mr Mefer stop for a lunch at a petrol station.

It was at this point that I felt like something needed to happen. I stopped writing.

I didn’t know what needed to happen. Did Mr Mefer relate an interesting story? Did something happen at the gas station? Did something happen to the Kombi they were driving in? I let these ideas float around in my head as I carried on my day.

At 5:30am on Sunday, my youngest cat – Gandalf – started scratching at the bedroom door wanting to get out, which my husband does.  Of course then I am now awake. I could toss and turn till a decent hour, but that’s just going to irritate everybody. It then hits me.

Grandma and Grandpa
Grandma and Grandpa from Pink Camels and Floating Grannies

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Social Media & Marketing for Illustrators Character

Social Media

For those of you who receive my newsletter, or follow me on social media, you might know that I am in the process of putting together an online course on Social Media & Marketing for Illustrators. The course won’t be a ‘how to create a profile on Facebook’ but more about how to tailor social media marketing for illustrators, get inspired for campaigns, and ideas on getting noticed.

I’ve finished putting together the first draft on paper but now have to translate that for video. I thought I would incorporate a character throughout the series. I have drawn up a few animals to play around with. Depending on the topic of the module, I thought I would use the character in a quick illustration.

Anyone have a favorite?

Characters roughs
Characters roughs

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5 Top March Projects

Project Header March

There is so much going on right now, I thought it would be a good idea to do a blog post on some of the projects I am working on. At a later point, I’ll do another one with updates, so that you can all join in on the progress. Don’t forget to book for the Creative Workshop in April. Also I’ll be making an appearance at The Deer Little Market (details below).


1. Katya Cat at The Deer Little Market – 20th of March 2016

Deer Market IllustrationAuthor, Julia Richman, of Katya Cat – The Bacon Chase, and I will be reading and illustrating at The Deer Little Market on Sunday the 20th March, at 2 Deer Park Drive, adjacent to Deerpark Cafe, Vredehoek, Cape Town. The market is open at 9am to 1pm. I will have to get back to you when Julia and I are presenting. There will be stalls and entertainment for little ones, as well as a magic show later in the day, so make a note in your calendar. Julia will be reading a few chapters while I illustrate the characters and we shall be handing out simple drawings for all little ones to colour in as well. There will be copies of Katya Cat for sale. Continue Reading

Interview with Andra, the owner of Cuteoshenii

Andra Cuteoshenii

Cuteoshenii, created by illustrator Andra Badea, are characters for the home, in the form of creatures painted on furniture and accessories.

CutosheniiCeleste: First of all, how did you end up painting your characters on furniture?
Andra: As most things in my life it was not a planned move, but a happy circumstance. I was invited by IKEA Romania to paint two dressers, in order for them to be given away as part of a store promotion. That was the first time i had to think about creating something specifically for a furniture piece and i discovered i loved the medium and the possibilities.
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