When I was illustrating The Adventures of Cedric the Bear I did lots of drawings showing different facial expressions.
This is a great drawing exercise. The easiest way to do it is to draw a series of simple faces, like a cat’s face.Then choose five different expressions to draw on the faces. They could be: ‘Happy’ ‘Sad’ ‘surprised’ ‘Worried’ ‘Laughing’. Sometimes I make faces at myself in the mirror to get the right expression! Or you could ask someone else to make the face and then see what happens to their eyes and their mouth and very importantly to their eyebrows….
We had great news from our publisher Liesbeth of Amsterdam Publishers, confirming that the American Book Center in Amsterdam has agreed to stock our book, the Adventures of Cedric the Bear, both in the store and online! If you are lucky enough to be visiting wonderful Amsterdam do drop in at this fabulous bookshop.
I had such an enjoyable evening reading an extract from our book at this virtual open-mic night in Amsterdam. Hosted by Luke, with a variety of readers from around the world. Am looking forward to visiting the real bookshop one day soon!
Anne visited St John’s Primary School today for world book day – “I had a wonderful afternoon celebrating World Book Day with years 3 and 4 at St John’s Primary school!” – Anne
“Anne came to our school to read the Cedric stories to years 3 and 4 and to show how she made the illustrations for the book. She really brought the story to life. We then had a workshop with Anne drawing cartoon characters showing different emotions. This was great fun and the children really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend a visit from Anne and to share these lovely books with lower Key stage 2 children.” – Alison Main, St Johns Primary, Crowborough