My day started with the very sad news that my longest-standing client passed away at the weekend.

I’ve been working with Hannah for ten years - since 2005 - and today was the first time I’ve received an email about a client’s death. You don’t expect it - I thought the email was announcing that she’d finally come back to work after being off for a while - and it came as a shock. To be quite honest, I’ve struggled to pull myself together all day.

The last thing I said to her was that I had lost count of how many covers I’d done for the company, and said I really must gather them up and make a poster. I said too that since she always had to chase me when I was busy, I sometimes didn’t know why she came back to me so often! She said something very kind in return, and went off on her maternity leave. 

So this afternoon despite having a zillion things to do, I put together that big poster of all those covers, and I’m only sorry I didn’t get round to it while Hannah was here, to share how many deadlines I almost didn’t make (and sometimes didn’t!) and all the lovely, varied covers I did with Hannah and her team over the years.

Thank you Hannah.

Out today, on #WorldBookDay too!

The Family Project published by Faber + Faber, and my first fully-illustrated book. It’s a sort of journal that a family can use to record themselves, their quirks, history, features. memories…but in a really funny and visually engaging way. It was a LOT of fun to do.

Can’t wait to blog about this over the next couple of days!

This beautiful book by Louise Hawes came out on October 15th with my illustration over a glittering night sky. Published by Simon & Schuster.

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