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The Social Butterfly

the social butterfly

It’s publication day! Happy book birthday to “The Social Butterfly”, written by Beth Bracken, illustrated by me and published by Picture Window Books!

Charlotte loves talking, singing, and playing. What Charlotte doesn’t love is sitting still, being quiet, and listening, which is a big problem at school. Will Charlotte be able to modify her behavior and learn when to be social and when to be quiet? A sweet and relatable picture book story that shines a light on social behaviors.

Fun fact: Charlotte’s story reminds me a little bit of my school years – from 4th until the 6th grade, I was quite the chatterbox (to the point I had teachers sending notes to my parents, ups) and avid textbook doodler, on both mine and my friends’ books. Then when I entered high school my personality became more introverted, but the doodling part remained. The books I shared with one of my best friends during philosophy class is filled with tiny doodles (mostly food, lots of sandwiches and random spaghetti dishes, not sure why, ahah). I should find that book and share some of those doodles!

Below are a few online reviews – these were based on the ARC and in case you are wondering, yes, she was purple at the beginning and yes, the cover also changed quite  a bit. We went back and forth with her coloring, but in the end we ended up with the version you see in the photo. (more…)


New book project!


I’m currently working on a new picture book and this time is a story about a curious six year old girl and her “age of whys, how and who”.
The story is really sweet and I’m having a lot of fun sketching the entire book, although I have to confess – some of the questions I didn’t even knew the answer to them and spent a good 30 minutes googling some of them ahah.

“Why are the ants so small?”
“Why is our blood red?”
“Who blows the wind?”

moodboard images credit (1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 5 . 6 . 7 . 8 . 9 . 10 . 11)

Children’s Picture Books e-course


Next month I’ll be taking Design Garden ‘Illustrating Children’s Picture Books’ 5weeks e-course and I couldn’t be more excited for it to start.

The course will be taught by Sabina Radeva and Denise Holmes and it will cover a lot of interesting subjects, from book dummies, character development to agents and publishers. Children’s illustration is one of my biggest passions and earlier this year when I found out about this class I knew it was going to be one that I couldn’t miss.

I’ll be blogging about my experience during the course and if you are interested in joining too, class starts on October 16th and there’s still some places left, at a late bird fee of £228.
Learn more about the class or sign up here.

(image credit: Design Garden)