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Front Cover
"finding dotty" the book

 

Open the book and discover the world where hairbrushes become hedgehogs and purses become toads.
Can Dougal find Dotty in the potting shed?


This limited first edition signed book is available now in my shop!!

 

Below are some free activity sheets to download and colour in.

Hairbrush HedgehogsPurse ToadsBasket

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the making of "finding dotty"

Alternative front covers

I have been developing “Finding Dotty” for a while. I knew I wanted to create a story in a bag/ potting shed and explored how I might make the shed look with drawings 1 and 2, these images, looked too much like a bag and not enough like a shed, so I completed drawing 3 which although looked lovely I felt was to much like a shed and not enough like a bag! Back to the drawing board then with the final image of the bag / shed, which is my front cover.
Its not often that I have such a labored process, however when I do its very instructive in crystallizing my thinking.
After working on the shed the rest of the characters evolved when I thought about animals and insects that hibernate and could be fitted and found in a bag.
I am often asked how long the images take from start to finish; the full double spreads take about two weeks with some of the smaller images about a week.

I am lucky to have a lovely big drawing desk in my workroom so I can work standing or sitting, with a view of the flowers in my front garden.

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