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When I pick subjects for Thursday #PortraitChallenge on Twitter, I love to link the artworks back to their museums, if I can find out where they're are based. The best thing is when employees from the museum get excited and interact with us on Twitter! The Barnes Collection recently put half of their artwork online for the general public to see, and they were thrilled to see us making use of it. Read my interview here about it, and why it's such a particularly big deal in the case of the Barnes:

Do jump in on any of the @StudioTeaBreak challenges if you're interested! It doesn't matter if you can barely draw at all, or if you're a kid, or 99. It's all good practice. (Read more about @StudioTeaBreak here.)

my 'at work' portrait by brian doben

Photographer Brian Doben has just provided me with a visual response to people at events who say, 'But you don't actually wear THAT while you're illustrating in the studio... do you?'

He shot these photos last year in my former studio at the Old Police Station. I'm in a new studio now, and I really miss the natural light of the old one (and Gary), but I don't miss the icebox conditions in winter. I need to find someone who knows about good lighting and get them to advise me at the new place I share with Elissa.

Dress by Esther Marfo

Brian's 'At Work' project is amazing, and I'm so honoured to be a part of it! Be sure to look at other pictures he's taken, of people in all sorts of professions.

sheffield children's book awards 2017

I hadn't gone up to the Sheffield Children's Book Awards ceremony since 2007 (when Morris the Mankiest Monster took the overall award!) and this time I had two books shortlisted - The Prince of Pants and Jinks & O'Hare Funfair Repair - so I thought it was time to head up there. Here I am, blinging it up with Sheffield's Lord Mayor...

I got to sit next to my picture book's writer Alan MacDonald, who'd come up from home in Nottingham. (We don't get to hang out often enough.)

And the whole team of writers and illustrators who came up for the ceremony. (Photo tweeted by @SheffLibraries) You can read the list of winners here!

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#mythicalmashup: manticore + tea cosy

Monday @StudioTeaBreak drawing challenge: