Monday, 16 May 2016

Scribblemania 117

Leeds Library Residency & The British Book Industry Awards

I've spent the last two weeks with my good friend and very talented sidekick, Mr Matt Howarth (formerly head of animation & special effects at Granada TV, BAFTA nominated, and now a freelance animator and filmmaker). Run along here to see his website.

We were asked by the very lovely people at Leeds Central Library to occupy their art space known as Room 700 to create some visual wonderment. We decided it would be fun to turn the walls into sketchbook pages that, courtesy of Matt, could also move, using a projected animation technique.

So, for two weeks, I filled the walls with large scale drawings based loosely on archive material from the library and Matt created a show reel of animated clips as we went along.

TIMELAPSE: Check the timelapse film here to see our coffee cups going down and our biscuit packets being reduced to crumbs.

ANIMATION: Check the animation showreel here, completed onsite by Matt during the residency.

In the middle of our attack on the library walls I had a little trip down to the big city to attend the British Book Industry Awards where I managed to catch up with some of those delightful publishing folk and spend a very pleasant evening at the Canongate table. We came away empty handed but it was a brilliant evening and well worth the trip.

Here's a pic or two from the posh party.

And now it's back to normal and the buildings at Dean Clough Mills are basking in the sunshine whilst I consider continuing where I left off which is bang in the middle of Matt Haig's fantastic follow up to A Boy Called Christmas. Yes, I know,  that's ANOTHER very lovely and talented Matt. I'm collecting them. More on the Christmas scene as soon as it's the right moment to release something.

And last but not least, here's a pic from my weekend. A little bit of Vitamin Sea !

Thanks to Leeds Libraries and their brilliant team of staff, to both Matts, and other people called Matt, and to Canongate Books.

Goodbye for now

Friday, 29 April 2016

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The Loom Lounge - Halifax 
& Room 700 - Leeds 

Here is the newly installed clock in
The Loom Lounge at Dean Clough Mills 
( Halifax HX3 5AX ) alongside the wall decor that I created for proprietors Stuart and Karon Townsend. By the way the food and drinks are top quality. Well worth a visit if you're hungry. 

Do pop along if you get a chance but please don't come over the bank holiday as the Loom Lounge is closed until 13th May whilst the posh new kitchen floor is put into place. 
When you DO Pop along be sure to pick up a batch of coasters for your own coffee table. Available at the counter.

Huge thanks are due to the brilliant Richard and Abi at Print Out for all the printed material ( including the walltex decor). Also based at Dean Clough Mills and a great team who have looked after me recently. 

In the meantime I'm now heading to the very cool new space that is ROOM 700 @ the awe inspiring Leeds City Library.
Here I will be dressing up the, (currently blank), walls with my good friend, fellow Dean Clough studio artist and creative side kick, animator Matt Howarth. 

Watch this space, and the Twittersphere from the 3rd May 
( @chrismouldink @matthowarth  #room700 ) 

More to come on the above as and when it progresses but feel free to come along from the 3rd to the 13th May and see what we are doing. Drawing workshops are in place for the 7th and 8th. More details flagged up through the week on the Twitter. Come and have a go if you think you're art enough. 

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Scribblemania 115

Hello screen junkies, just a quick catch up on my many adventures and current projects.

Pocket Pirates 
Book 2 The Great Drain Escape is now available and arrives just as I have some good news about the little Buccaneers travelling to foreign lands. Thanks due here to the amazing Rights team at Hodder. More of that lovely and welcome news as and when I'm allowed to tell you. In the meantime, order your mini Buccaneers here. Book 3 is poised to go to the printing palace and the manuscript for Book 4 awaits my ridiculously silly scribbles.

The Girl Who Saved Christmas
The follow up to the hugely successful A Boy Called Christmas is now a first draft manuscript in my hands and I am VERY excited and pleased to be working with Matt Haig and the lovely team at Canongate again. I can't show anything just yet so here's one VERY tiny corner from the sketchbook to whet your appetite. The first book will publish in over twenty other countries at Christmas this year and that will coincide with the U.K. Paperback release at the same time as book two is released in hardback. Check out book one here if you haven't seen it already.

Spangles McNasty and the Fish of Gold
Shortly to be released through Andersen Press I have been working on a new series devised by the crazy cool and whacky, all round nice guy, Steve Webb. These books involve Bitterly Bay's mischievous camper van driving pirate- Spangles Mc Nasty and his trusty sidekick Sausage Faced Pete. The first book involves, of course, a goldfish robbery and should not be missed as it's a laugh out loud read. Take a squint here.

And as a full stop to add to the bottom of the page, I'm currently working on dressing up my favourite cafe - The Loom Lounge @ Dean Clough Mills in Halifax where Stuart and Karrin have shown a huge interest in my work and in particular my Alice drawings. So I'll very shortly be showing you the decorated walls. In the meantime here is some of the wallpaper and the coasters we've designed for the tables, (available in the cafe to buy or pinch from the table tops)

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Scribblemania 114

A few sketchbook pages to start the new year. Nuff said ...

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Scribblemania 113


Following the launch of A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS I joined our festive author, Matt Haig last week for an event. It was brilliant to catch up with Matt (and meet Kirsten Grant) and inspect his spangly Sleigh Bell Dash tour sweater. The event went well and we signed over 200 copies of the book. The books are selling like hot cakes so do jump in if you don't already have a copy.
Here are a few scribbles from the event. Matt talked about the characters and read from selected scenes whilst I drew. 
Before heading to the event I had spent the morning with the worlds greatest book seller, Leilah Skelton of Waterstones Doncaster where we dressed the window with a Christmas scene and Leilah waved her sparkly lights and glitter wand over the finished item. 
All in all a brilliant but tiring day. And by the way, Christmas hasn't even started yet so I won't be shutting up any time soon. 
Also seen here, the finished Waterstones window at the Frenchgate centre, Doncaster.

More festive gubbins coming real soon ...

Monday, 16 November 2015

Scribblemania 112

Happy Publication Day - A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS

In May I received a lovely email from Rafaela Romaya who is the art director at Canongate Books.
Rafi asked me if I would be interested in illustrating a book written by Matt Haig

 At that time I was reading Matt's The Humans and had just read a downloaded extract from 'Reasons To Stay Alive.'  Matt writes the kind of book that leaves you thinking for a long time afterward. The kind that you need to come down from before you can pick something else up. By that I mean, because it's had an effect on you that you want to hang onto and think about for a bit. So I was excited at the prospect of working with him. 

The basic premise, as explained to me by Rafi, was that of an origin myth about Father Christmas. I thought this sounded fantastic and I have always wanted to illustrate a book about Father Christmas.

SO, needless to say I jumped at the chance of this wonderful opportunity and it was down to my lovely agent Penny Holroyde to make the circumstances come together.

                                                                              In June, after a manic and magical couple of weeks with the sketchbook,  I met with Penny, Matt and Rafi and Francis Bickmore who is Matt's renowned editor. The Canongate team are a lovely bunch of people and we had a good chat about the direction the book would take. I was armed with sketches from a my Elf scribble bible (shown here).

Over the next few weeks I worked closely with Rafi, Matt and Francis to pull the images for the book together. I adored working on this book. It's been Christmas since May and I've loved every minute of it.

In case you've never noticed, I don't like too much text on my blogs. I prefer the work to speak.

So...A huge leap forward and here we are on publication day. On Friday I delivered a signed copy to Weetwood Primary School in Headingley, Leeds, where I'm a reading mentor for the next three years.
I read to the children and a little girl came to tell me afterwards that once, she had seen a real elf in the woods carrying presents. This took me right back to the vision of Mr Tumnus dropping his parcels in the snow and to that same magical feeling I had when I found the Narnia books. Hopefully the book will do just the same thing for her and other children. What a thought!

Thank you to all the people who supported this book as I persisted with Christmas cheer on social media throughout the summer  !

Our Book Bloggers and reviewers are so enthusiastic and helpful. We hugely appreciate the time they give up for us. So a MASSIVE Christmas hug goes out to you all. THANK YOU.


Sunday, 11 October 2015

Scribblemania 111

I've spent the last couple of weeks on the road with the new books now that Pocket Pirates Book 1 is out. I've been from the North to the South ( of the U.K.) and back again. I've spoken to 'thousands' of pupils and students and signed enough copies of my book to ensure my arm is almost dropping off. 
Highlights: I attended Oxford Read a thon with David Melling and John Foster  thanks to the delightful Anne and John Wattam, aswell as Bath Festival and schools in the south. Back up in't north,  the lovely Leeds School Library services ladies had arranged the Civic Hall for the day before heading on to schools in the area, mid week. 
This week ended with 300 student teachers at Sheffield Hallam University for a 'Read to Inspire' event and another hefty signing session. All organised by the lovely Nikki Gamble from Just Imagine. 
Huge thanks to John and Anne Wattam, John and Gill McLay and the Bath Festival team, the publicity team at Hodder children's books, the amazing Leeds School Library service ladies, Nikki and Neil Gamble at Just Imagine, Rory from Orinoco books who has supported me with book sales and all the amazing schools that were involved.
 Thanks also to all the lovely Book Bloggers out there who give up their own time and support our work and reach people online, sharing our work and events, day in, day out on social media. 

Huge hugs 

Chris X