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This is where ideas come from:

You mention on Twitter that you don’t know how you started following the local Hereford Breeders society but that you find it soothing. A friend asks for recommendations for chicken fancier accounts.

The search is unsuccessful, but when you sit down to warm up for some other projects with some watercolour painting, you have chickens on the brain.

Fancy chickens.

Fury Road but with chickens

 

You are taken by the idea of Fury-Road-but-with-chickens. But also you were thinking about eighteenth century dresses, because of Tremontaine, so you give a fancy lady a chicken.

Lady with hen

But you aren’t sure you got the jacket quite right, although you want those sleeves, so you get into bodice construction and bowls of eggs because those are also hard to paint pleasingly. Since this is clearly a Cinderella-type, she gets a fancy dress too. You are quite pleased with these Daniel Smith colours and also with that shoe.

Cinderella with chickens

It seems likely Reynolds would have painted her godmother at some point, so another dress happens. Your dad was watching Pride and Prejudice in the next room so a bit of Catherine de Bourgh gets in there.

Godmother

She’s a little too straightforward, and also accidentally stepping on her hem, although that is an effect you might go for deliberately another time. You like her skirts, however.

You are now enamoured of two half-seen fabric designs, and decide to sketch them out in more detail. A costumer friend would like to make one of the dresses, so these plans may coincide. You have the beginnings of a chickenful fairytale idea, and also that first dress just about captures the feeling of a story idea you had last night when you started transplanting the bits you like of Supergirl into assorted historical contexts. This is now half-outlined and has about 1000 words of test-scenes.

An author friend points out that the first lady should be wearing clogs, which leads to a discussion about pretend chicken farmers, and although you meant to refer to Le Petit Trianon, somehow you are led astray into talking about “fake cheep girls” and everyone agrees you should stop talking for the day.

May calendar - stars

The calendar for May is here! It is inhabited by various favourite starry folk.

May calendar starscape

You can download it to print pre-coloured or for colouring-in by clicking on the images below.

May calendar - colour

May calendar - lines

The main image is also up on Redbubble as a print, scarf, and so on.

Some star-folk for this week’s topic.

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I’ve earmarked them for May’s calendar, so check back to see that  soon!

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And here’s a bonus gown, as I was playing with Daniel Smith watercolours for several projects.

And another, which isn’t sparkly at all, but for which I have schemes.

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And in other news, Monsters is 46% funded, and many of the comics have been uploaded. If you’d like to preorder and/or support, that would be wondeful – and you can get a poster of a map drawn by me as one of the rewards!

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I have been interviewed in connection with my illustrations for the forthcoming Utz Publishing edition of Ursula Moray Williams’ classic book Gobbolino, the Witch’s Cat.

The interview features behind-the-scenes sketches, including the L’Oreal Toad and a too-pretty sea-witch.

Interview with Kathleen Jennings, illustrator of Gobbolino, The Witch’s Cat.

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Scratching Dragons

A bewildering variety of dragons for April’s calendar. The ones above are possibly my favourite of all my drawings.

April Dragons

You can download and print it pre-coloured, or to colour it yourself.

Flying Dragon

If you click on the images below, the full-size image should open.

April Calendar - coloured April Calendar - linesThank you for your patience with monosyllabism. Am in the middle of a convention.

This is a placeholder/sneak-peek, as due to the Natcon this weekend (and other deadlines) the April calendars may not be finished until after the Illustration Friday topic changes.

 
They have, for me, a strong association with Jonathan Creek, as the Lewis episode with Alan Davies was playing while I inked it (giving away all my secrets here).

I’m a little in love with these dragons.

  

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