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dartmoor christmas 2018

Once again my excellent Legend of Kevin co-author and his family adopted Stuart and me for Christmas! We were a-flutter with excitement for weeks before heading off to Dartmoor.

roly-poly flying pony

Christmas is the best time; all the office people in the book industry stop sending e-mails and it all goes quiet. And I get some time to draw things for fun near a crackling fire (and poodle, who is rather miffed at me for sitting in his place on the sofa). Photo by Sarah Reeve (@moorland on Instagram):



Lots of lovely jumpers, all about:



And landscape that looks like stepping into a Tolkien book...



...or that Rien Poortvliet and Wil Huygen book on gnomes (who make freshly brewed coffee under ledges of the tors, if only you look very carefully for the puffs of steam).

gnome cafe

Of course, you always have to beware the sharks of the open moor:



Speaking of Tolkien, I was thrilled to get a chance to meet the illustrator Alan Lee, whose work I'd admired for decades and whom I'd seen featured in lots of featurettes when I was geeking out about the production of the Lord of the Ring films. Philip and Sarah Reeve invited him over with Larklight illustrator David Wyatt, whom I'd met before, and we had a good natter about drawing, studio spaces, what kind of paper we use, and living on Dartmoor.



Here's some video footage about Alan's role in the LOTR films, and he was also involved in the Hobbit films, spending six years working on the films in New Zealand.

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merry christmas from reeve & mcintyre

Are you ready for Christmas?



Warmest wishes for the holidays from Reeve & McIntyre, and see you in the new year!



Kevin has his own ideas about the festive season...

welsh christmas seawigs party!

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Look at these amazing Seawigs fromYsgol Bryn Hedydd, a primary school in Rhyl, North Wales. Their Twitter profile says they are 'one of the leading "Beach Schools" in Wales', so Oliver and the Seawigs is particularly appropriate!

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Lovely Glebe Primary School in Brighton have been incredibly supportive of our Pictures Mean Business campaign; so much so, that they named all of their classes after children's book illustrators! And I was thrilled to get photos today of cards they'd made me! Do go look on their librarian's Twitter feed - @Glebelove2read - other classes have made cards for Dave Litchfield, Liz Pichon, Cressida Cowell, Aaron Blecha, Steven Lenton, Laura Hughes, Polly Dunbar, Mini Grey and Guy Parker-Rees!





My co-author Philip Reeve has just blogged about the Pictures Mean Business - you can read that here. Glebe Primary have gone out of their way to focus on illustration, which is so heartening!




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