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Keeping my eyes on the prize…

Recently, having flicked through The Writers’ Magazine, I came across a couple of competitions which I decided to give a go.

Firstly, there was The Big Idea Competition¬†http://thebigideacompetition.co.uk/ which had a focus on pitching an idea for a story and then there was http://www.stratfordliteraryfestival.co.uk/article/picture-book-competition which required several sketches and a couple of double paged spreads. I have taken a lot of my inspiration from visits to the Kitty Cafe in Nottingham and just thought I would share some of my sketches with you…


I don’t find out the result until next month, but I am keeping my fingers crossed. I was busy sketching at home & on my lunch breaks at work. I often had reference books to hand, including those that detail how to draw fashion and the history of shop frontages. It was fun & challenging to draw with the aim of achieving something at the end of it all and I think it gives you that extra push to really put your heart & soul into the project.

Look out for competitions and if they tempt you, go for it! You never know!

Until next time, take care.



Getting it covered

Hi all,

Following some time dedicated to drawing up some fuller stories based on my imagery, I decided to start experimenting with some cover ideas.

I have stuck with a basic cover which is quite boldly stating who the main characters are within the story…

whilst contrasting them with some lightly applied watercolours in the background.

I have merely used my own handwriting for the font on the cover. I wanted something quite bold, but not something that takes focus away from the image…

My final experiment, consisted of an idea for a series of stories, “The Holiday Series.” For this experiment, the format is slightly different, seeing me revert to my traditional style of working to create the colour for the background, whilst also dabbling with a digital font found on Photoshop…

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I hope that 2018 brings more success for Tiger and Friends, whilst also ensuring that I remain inspired and creative. I hope to go to new places and visit attractions that will inspire my work.

I hope that 2018 is a wonderful year for you all and I shall hopefully be updating you on Tiger, very early on in the new year.

Many thanks for your support throughout 2017.

Happy new year to you all!


In the old days

This came about over my Christmas break, simply from a bit of unrelated doodling involving a book purchased a while back. I’m a fan of buying doodle based books in order to get the creative juices going and they don’t cost the earth either.

Whilst busy sabotaging some imagery offered up in the book I was using, I was inspired by the idea of implanting my characters onto old photographs, hence having a look into how their ancestors lived in the past.


I felt I would show this as an example of how the most random projects can lead to something inspiring. If you can’t be bothered to apply colour and collage, just pick up a pen and it will lead you towards projects which might just tempt you.

The next book that I shall be buying, will be the Children’s Writers & Artists Handbook 2017! Here’s hoping that 2017 will prove to be a successful year. I shall be taking a week’s leave from my full time job soon, in order to devote time to my illustration submissions, so here’s hoping all goes well.

Wishing you all a very happy 2017!


Tiger’s seat

The latest story idea that I have been toying with, is an idea of Tiger getting comfortable in places where people would prefer he wasn’t. Tiger has been parking himself in Mum & Dad’s bed, the computer chair & even the wash basket! Whilst some places are somewhat appropriate, his family face a battle to encourage Tiger back to the warmth of his cat basket.

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Nobody wants their cat getting too comfy in their wash basket, nobody wants to disturb Tiger when they climb into bed & nobody wants to sit on Tiger when they settle down to watch telly or get down to some work on the computer. This will make up a humorous story which focuses on little things that pets do to wind us up, remind us that they need basic training & best of all, remind us that they make us laugh & love them with their funny quirks!

Enjoy these few samples & I shall hopefully be back soon to introduce you to my latest pigeon race story samples & the family’s bee keeping antics.

Take care!


Meet the family!

Hi everyone,

I am proud to finally be able to present Tiger’s family.

It took me a while to decide on exactly who Tiger should live with, but I did eventually decide on a full on family, made up of a mum, dad, son and daughter.

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Copyright (c) 2015 Rachel Denison

I have named the son and daughter Brady and Clancy, which I thought were cute names and ones that are also not heard too often. Their parents will just be known as mum and dad for the time being, as I have still not decided on a name, and maybe it will just be better that way. Recently I noticed a hint of disappointment on a breakfast show presenter’s face when he learned of Mr Benn’s first name, you mean his name wasn’t just Mr Benn?! So maybe a lack of name is somewhat inspired.

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A large amount of Tiger’s time will be spent with either Brady or Clancy. Brady has required a lot of patience, as I have been working with striped collage for his jumper, whereas Clancy’s top has drawn on texture with watercolour shading.

I am now in the process of developing other sketches up to this standard and then working on bringing finalised stories together. I have recently finished a temporary job, so whilst looking out for new opportunities, I am keeping myself busy with this happy family!

I am yet to really consider the characters’ hobbies and interests, and what would really make them stand out, but this will begin to develop with a bit of time, and I shall look forward to seeing it all blossom.

Until next time, enjoy yourselves and take care!

Best wishes from Tiger, Brady, Clancy, Mum, Dad, and not forgetting me!

Tiger needs a family…

This has been something that I have been pondering for a while, but I have yet to quite finalise the results.

Having been busy focusing on the many poses of Tiger himself, his stories, his scenary and his friends, I have yet to create his surrounding family.

So, in an illustrated format, I have started the auditions…

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It has been a challenge to decide on the perfect owner for Tiger. Does Tiger have a single owner or does he live with a family? Does Tiger belong to a girl or a boy? How old is his master?

I am now in the process of doing some fashion designing for my characters (seriously!) and I guess I shall see who “suits” Tiger as things develop.

I am keen to interact with fans of Tiger, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know.