Desk View


Where I spent most of January planning, plotting, drawing and working, mostly on the illustrations for my second picture book. I'm still pinching myself I’ve been given the opportunity to illustrate someone's story, not once but twice now and a third book is patiently waiting. Illustrating picture books has been a longtime dream and a goal I'd been working towards however the opportunities came before I felt ready. I wonder though, do we ever feel ready? Perhaps not. It’s been important for me to remind myself, to stay open to learning and growing. Otherwise, I think fear would've become paralysing. In the face of a challenge, all we can do is show up and do the work as best as we can.

x Evie

Books & Zines XXXI : The 5 Misfits

Another book by, Beatrice Alemagna for the #booksandzinesseries in this the characters are inventively charming as is their wonky home. Having felt like a misfit myself, especially as a kid the five main characters are relatable as I suspect they are for others too.

The 5 Misfits, by Beatrice Alemagna. Published by Topipittori, 2014. This English edition published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, London 2015.


x Evie

Books & Zines XXVI : The Wonderful Egg

Today’s books and zines series post is one for the dino lovers! Although it has much broader appeal. I can’t get enough of the timelessly modern illustration style and colour palette. Artist, Dahlov Ipcar never disappoints. There’s even a handy dinosaur name, pronunciation guide at the back, particular helpful if you’re still challenged by them like me!

The Wonderful Egg, by Dahlov Ipcar. The original edition of this book was published by Doubleday & Company, 1958. This second edition is by Flying Eye Books, 2014.

Find two more of Ipcar's books that I've shared in this series here.


x Evie

Shout Out to the Girls : BTS Peek

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I've shared a little about the book, Shout Out to the Girls in a previous post which you can find here. The release date, 26 February is getting closer so I thought it was time for more; my original illustrations and sketches plus the sneak peek video published online by Penguin.

I'm honoured to be a part of this book as an illustrator, creating portraits of Jessie Street and Turia Pitt, two of the incredible Australian women featured. I'm also super grateful to Kimberly at Penguin Random House for reaching out and taking a chance on me. Thanks Kimberly and PRH Young Readers team!

If you'd like to find out more or purchase a copy head here. All royalties from sales go to The Smith Family, an Australian Children's charity.

x Evie