Thanks for visiting my blog…if you just want to see the pictures and you’re not in the mood for a stop and chat you can view my full illustration portfolio by clicking ‘portfolio’ above or visiting www.portfolio.maxinelee.com
…Four fabulous reasons why I haven’t updated my blog since 2012. I’ve been working with Top That, Blue Rabbit and Caterpillar on some lovely books and jigsaws you’ll be able to see over the next 12 months or so.
I’m also working with Secret Singer-Songwriter Society - more details soon but in the meantime, hop on over and offer your support.
The Secret Singer-Songwriter Society has chosen the motto “Music That Matters” to symbolize the connection between the creative output of artists and the significant impact that a single song can have on a charitable cause’s fundraising efforts. ”Music That Matters” reflects our attitude towards a truly reciprocal way of looking at philanthropy: one in which all parties benefit from a common source…MUSIC!
I drew a Penguin, joining in with Penguinfest on Twitter – go and see the others @maybeswabey or visit the fabulous Book Sniffer Facebook page!
And last but not least, my debut children’s book, Pi-Rat, will be available from August 5th 2013 from all good bookshops (online and on the high street). Click on the cover for more details!
If I’ve already hassled you on Twitter or Facebook then chances are you already know about Stars on Canvas and their charity auction.
If you don’t then you really need to go here and read all about The Willow Foundation and the fantastic work they do.
Then you need to hop over to eBay for a look at all the gorgeous artwork for sale, choose one you like and make a bid if you can. If you fancy owning my canvas, please go here to bid:
Thanks for reading x
A whole year after I signed my first children’s publishing contract. A whole year! Mostly one of the best years of my life but a tiny part of it was also the worst. But we don’t want to talk about that because on the flip side, it’s brought our little family closer together than ever and has been firmly scraped off our shoes. So the year is ending on a high…Win!
I’ve seen my youngest start school, my oldest develop a bit of a furry top lip (my oldest is a boy, don’t panic) and Madrid with the Mister…That’s about all I’ve had time for in between all the fabulous things I’ve been working on this year which I can tell you all about over a nice cup of English Breakfast tea. And perhaps a scone (rhymes with ‘one’ for those that keep saying it wrong, just so we’re all on the same page).
The fantastic clients I’ve worked with this year are Kyowon, ACEME, Caterpillar Books, Blue Apple Books, Blue Rabbit, Parragon Publishing, CJ Education and Top That Publishing. I’ve also licensed illustrations with Ombudsman Services and Seller Publishing and had the most fantastic time with Neston Sixth Form for the day. I’ve loved every single second! In the past two weeks I’ve received an actual copy of my first book as author/illustrator (1st proof) and a contract for my second from the beautiful people at Caterpillar Books.
Thanks to Vicki, Lauren, Gemma, Lucie, Kirsten, Seonghae, James, Grace, Lulu, Emily, Hannah and Therese for all of their help this year – Bright, you really have been amazing! (One had to say amazing at least once during this post, being from Liverpool and all).
So here are some pics for your eyes…These are mostly just snippets and sneak peeks but I’ll post more as soon as I’m allowed!
So I treated myself to a new drawing tablet last week. I was a little worried by the size difference between my old Intuos (drawing area 12″x12″) and the smaller area of my new Cintiq 12WX (drawing area 10.3″x6.4″). The biggest problem I’ve come across so far though isn’t size related…It’s the smoothness of the surface. I like to draw and colour in a scratchy-scrawly way so the smooth drawing surface is going to take a bit of getting used to. Blah blah blah…Anyways, here are a couple of illustrations I’ve done – can you see a difference? (Cowboy – Painter, Cowgirl – Photoshop)