The Defences Get Higher

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‘He proceeded to build a fence another three feet above the gate to ensure I couldn’t see out and wouldn’t consider it an escape route in the future. I didn’t want to escape but I had to have routes planned in case the jet monster came back and I couldn’t control my fear. I watched with interest as Richard sawed and hammered in nails to make the defence strong.’

After numerous escape attempts by frightened Dylan, Karen and Richard decide to take action, raising the height of the garden fences to keep the scared pup at home. Will this effort stop him, I think not…

This is my eighth illustration for Karen Sanderson’s ‘Where’s Dylan? The Story of an Anxious Dog’.

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Take control of the fear…

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‘Why was the Jet Monster trying to attack me and no one else? No! It’s just fear driving me away! I must try to take take control of the fear if I can. And with that thought in mind I collapsed on my bed, totally exhausted, and fell asleep.’

After escaping his owners, fleeing cross-country and hiding out in other people’s gardens – all in order to escape the Jet Monster – Dylan is finally returned home from his excursion, a little worse for wear.

This is my seventh illustration to appear in Karen Sanderson’s ‘Where’s Dylan? The Story of an Anxious Dog’, based on the experiences of her very own nervous dog. Visit his Facebook page to support the book and for news of upcoming stories 🙂

The Jet Monster

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‘There was a sudden, horrific, rumbling noise above us and I was fearful for my life. It rattled the windows of the kennel and hurt my ears dreadfully. I looked up to see a winged monster in the sky. It was far bigger than any bird I had ever seen and had large, spreading wings. It left a trail of grey smoke as it flew by. Was it my imagination? It appeared to have sharp teeth and menacing eyes glaring down at me.’

Dylan’s first terrifying encounter with what he later labels as the ‘Jet Monster’. While boarding at a nearby kennels while his humans are away, Dylan hears the terrible roar of a huge metal beast screaming overhead. In a panic, Dylan tries desperately to escape, injuring himself in the process. The Jet Monster has struck once, will it return?

A great book for children, Karen Sanderson’s ‘Where’s Dylan? The Story of an Anxious Dog’ captures our pets’ worries and fears and allows children to relate to their animal’s behaviors. Visit Dylan’s Facebook page for more information :).

I’ve never caught a deer… YET!

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‘Sometimes Richard takes us through the thickest parts of the wood where we can see the deer. He doesn’t like us chasing them so I pretend to play Hide and Seek and run off to try to catch one. I never have… YET!

Dylan and Megan’s exploration continues as they discover a new favourite location – the woodlands near their home. For more information on children’s book ‘Where’s Dylan? The Story of an Anxious Dog’ by Karen Sanderson, please visit Dylan’s very own Facebook page.

Such a scaredy pup…

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‘…suddenly, a hug, wheeled container rumbled towards us along the road. I was certain we’d meet an early death so I struggled to free myself from the lead, turning frantically in circles, and getting tangled up with Megan… “You’re such a scaredy pup,” snarled Megan, “you’ve spoiled the walk.”

My third illustration in Karen Sanderson’s ‘Where’s Dylan? The Story of an Anxious Dog.’ Dylan and Megan are venturing out into the wider world finding many more places to explore but also many new things for Dylan to be anxious about!

Please Like Dylan’s Facebook Page for updates and photos of the real-life cuddly canine characters.

“Can’t find me!”

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‘There were lots of things to explore: like a ball, lots of rubbery toys to chew on and a big box. The box was open at one end and Megan crawled inside saying, “Can’t find me.” I jumped up on top of the box and looked down. Her legs were sticking out which made me laugh. Then it was my turn to crawl inside. We were having such fun. Thinking back, I’ve always needed hideaway places in my life, especially when I’m anxious…’

Dylan and Megan’s exploration of their new home continues in ‘Where’s Dylan? The Story of an Anxious Dog’ by Karen Sanderson. Information on both the book and the star-of-the-show Dylan can be found on his Facebook Page 🙂

‘Where’s Dylan?’

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Recently finished work on this excitable pup of a project. ‘Where’s Dylan?’ The story of an anxious dog’ by Karen Sanderson is a wonderful read that follows Dylan on a fear-facing adventure that children will love and relate to, giving insight into their pet’s behaviours and offering guidance on some of life’s obstacles.
From blurb:
“Dylan has been an anxious dog from the moment he was born. He worries about everything including: finding a kind owner, bath time, the vet and staying in boarding kennels. But nothing is as terrifying as the Jet Monster.He believes that the Jet Monster is trying to kill him and he must run away from home to avoid possible injury. In his panic to escape, he destroys his home and garden, causing distress to his humans and sister, Megan. He finally decides, for everyone’s sake, to leave for good and take up a wandering life away from the source of his terror. Will this be the answer to his problem? – OR – Can he find a way to face up to his fear once and for all?”

This book is available to buy! Please contact the author on Dylan’s webpage for a copy and to see some adorable pictures of Dylan himself and of his (very bossy!) sister Megan.

 

Harry Potter-inspired tattoo

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Tattoo design for my friend and work colleague who is Harry Potter mad :). Original request was ‘a snowy owl with the deathly hallows symbol’, but this soon flourished to incorporate lilies and a Felix Felicis bottle. My friend loved the design and is taking it to see her tattooist very soon, I’m really looking forward to seeing the result!

The Forgotten and the Fantastical 3

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‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 3’ collective view of illustrations. I was asked last year by Dr. Bellamy of Mother’s Milk Books whether I would like to create a series of illustrations for modern fairytales. Having been more engrossed with lengthy novels of science fiction and dark dystopian futures, I wasn’t sure that I could fully appreciate, let alone illustrate these short stories while still capturing their essence and morals all within a few inches of white paper. However, these individual tales captivated me from the moment I started reading and the imagery flowed through my mind like living beings. The final illustrations are barely any different to the first rough jottings I scribbled down – the stories knew who they were, what they wanted to be, and how they wanted to be portrayed. They really do have a life of their own. So when the chance came again this year to illustrate the third anthology of the series, I couldn’t wait to get started, and here’s the result :).

The characters in these tales can’t wait to meet you and I’m sure there are any more that want to share their stories. Visit the Mother’s Milk Books facebook page for news of upcoming events, new publications and updates on the independent press’ activities.

And of course, visit their website to delve into their literary works.