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As I was wondering what to share about this book I started looking back through some notes and earlier iterations of ‘When Sadness Comes to Call (@AndersenPress, out on 3d January). It’s so easy to forget how much work and research has gone into it. I will share some of my inspiration, but it’s impossible to single out anything and do it all justice, as it’s a large tapestry of personal experiences, talks with friends, family and colleagues, books, TedTalks, observations, events in my life and guidance from tutors at the MA Children’s Book Illustration and my editor Libby Hamilton and art director Beccy Garrill at Andersen Press, that are all interwoven in this book.
Anyone that doesn’t work in the publishing industry probably wouldn’t suspect just how much of a collaborative process the making of a picture book can be. I’ve had incredible guidance from Libby and Beccy at Andersen Press, and together we managed to make the book so much better than I could ever have made it on my own. I might share more thoughts on that later, but for now, I just want to say THANK YOU to the team at @andersenpress and in particular Libby @libbyhamham and Beccy @bexgarrill for all the dedication and hard work that went into this book and for being so good at your jobs.
I wish I was one of those illustrators with beautiful sketchbooks and developmental work but I’m afraid my work process is rather messy! I just gather lot’s of ideas, rapidly, after which I spend endless hours organising my thoughts and drawings to something comprehensive and accessible.