Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Shifty and Sam in Crouch End...

I just had a great morning talking to the owners of The Haberdashery cafe in Crouch End about the Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam exhibition and book launch.

It was nice to finally be able to show them the spreads in the book in which their cafe is featured - here is a snippet of one of the spreads;

The Haberdashery recently won best cafe in London in the London Lifestyle Awards and has won numerous other accolades so its wonderful that Shifty and Sam will be launched there in a couple of months.

Here are some pictures of the interior of the cafe and some gratuitous yummy cake shots!



The exhibition will feature framed original concept art along with final artwork.  There will be a range of Shifty and Sam items available to purchase including copies of the book signed by both myself and the author Tracey Corderoy.

More news and info on the exhibition coming soon...

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Fashion in Children's Picture Books...

I was milling about the clothing emporiums of London town this week and spotted that, most fortunately, black and white burglar-stripes are rather in fashion this spring/summer - Shifty and Sam are VERY pleased about this.

Here are a few snaps of 'what I like to call' Shifty and Sam inspired articles of clobber - robber-clobber if you will;

Robber-dog Scarves

Robber-dog dresses, blousons, and blazers - Mary Berry would
rock one of these.

Robber dog 'SWAG' bag inspired sweatshirt.

Robber-dog 'vintage' T shirt - I was tempted by this but noted the rather plunging neck line - not for me.

What I would really like to see is a robber-dog Onesie - I shall keep my peepers peeled!

This made me ponder more about the influence of fashion on Children's book character design so my next post might have a little bit on that - I'd love to delve into it now but I'm a tad too busy this week.