Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Jack and the Beanstalk

Here it is, my latest book!

Published by Fukuinkan Shoten on 10th September in Japan, ジャックと豆の木 (Jack to Mame no Ki) is a 44 page picture book, re-told and illustrated by yours truly from the traditional tale, translated by Yuko Obika.

The book can be ordered online from overseas via Amazon Japan.
  • ISBN-10: 4834027414
  • ISBN-13: 978-4834027419

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Tokyo Wrap Up

I'm finally back home after a successful show at Space Yui in Tokyo.

Japan was wonderful for both daughter and myself, though it was very much a 'working holiday' for me. For the first month I was largely focused on meeting deadlines, producing work for the show and other such business, so not so many opportunities for socialising and enjoying the summer break. However the hard work was all worthwhile in the end, the exhibition at Space Yui was a tremendous success. My deepest thanks to Kimura-san and all the other staff at the gallery.

Setting up the show in the gallery (photo courtesy of Space Yui)
In addition to the artwork from 'Jack to Mame no Ki', limited edition prints and the original images drawn for the show, Space Yui also produced some T-Shirts from the unfinished artwork to my next book The Stone Giant. Although the artwork is yet to be painted in colour I had some scans of the ink drawings in black and white stage, which were perfect for the T-Shirt and made a very big impact on the show attendees.

In Space Yui Gallery modelling the t-shirts produced for the show
One of the numerous drawings developed from sketchbook images sold during the show
Legendary zoologist, TV personality and author Mutsugoro (Masanori Hata)
I didn't take many photos, but I've posted a very few snapshots of the attendees and more of the displayed work on my Facebook feed

Finally the exhibition was over and daughter and I were able to finally relax. Straight after the exhibition we were invited by my editors at Fukuinkan to the Nagano mountains to stay in a Besso (country cottage) and research our next book. It was a wonderful tonic after the stifling heat of Tokyo!

Seren in Kobuchizawa with Roa and Yuriko
Finally back in Tokyo I was just in time to enjoy the release of Jack to Mame no Ki on 10th September!

Fukuinkan section in the Tama Plaza branch of Yurindo Bookshop. Jack gets centre stage!