The everyday journal of artist, writer and illustrator Jackie Morris, in words and pictures.
"A gold-eyed stare met him there..."
Love the cat across the top of the clock.
I love this...you are so very good.
So beautiful!!These so-called "simple" books would be very hard to illustrate. This will be lovely.
I've been trying to recall the detail of an old mantle clock in my grandfatehr's home--I think it had a shape similar to this one. A clock--or most anything--is enhanced by the peeping face of a cat.
I see your cat has snuck in there!
"The clock struck one, the mouse ran down,"And now we know why!I think this would make a great cover. Lovely details to explore, lots of interesting things for the reader and child to look at and talk about. . . That, to me, is the best part of reading to a young child, the interacting. Personally,I would make the cat crouched lower down and move the cat's head down and to the left (it would make it feel more "symmetrical" to me, and make the diagonal between the cat and the mouse stronger, I think) so that the detail of the upper "hump" of the clock case could be lower or else put some kind of ornamentation there to justify the "hump" height and width like a moon phase indicator. Seems to me that kind of clock would have a moon phase indicator (If "Hey, Diddle Diddle" is one of the nursery rhymes, then you could have a cow involved in the moon phase indicator, and maybe a dancing dish and spoon?). Just my thoughts.
Very cool!There's a sense of tension with the cat looming overhead!-Dean
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