Books, Events

Originals, Prints and a Party!

Last year I had the opportunity to illustrate a wonderful children’s (but not just children’s…) book thanks to some very generous crowd-funding. We’re still celebrating the publication of The Crystal Mirror by having a launch party next month in London, and opening the sale of prints and original artwork to everyone, not just those who took part in the funding campaign.

If you’re in London, I do hope you’ll be able to join us for the party on February 19th, where Tim will be reading from the stories, I’ll be live drawing and there’ll be lots of lovely food and entertainment for all ages…

TCM London Launch Poster

If you are interested in buying limited edition prints or original artwork from the book, please click the image below to browse through a catalogue of what’s available:

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And finally, as a special one-off, I have a large print of “Wouldn’t you rather have some tea?” to give away!

Cuddliest Monster Print

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This one came back from the printers ever so slightly damaged, so I wouldn’t feel comfortable offering it for sale. It has a black smudge in the top left-hand corner which could probably be covered by a mount or frame (or you could decide that you don’t mind). It’s not perfect, but it’s not far off.

The print is A2 sized, on archival quality 100% cotton paper. It will come signed, and marked as an artist’s proof (A/P) rather than one of the edition.

To be in with a chance of winning just leave a comment below, letting me know the best way to contact you. You can also Tweet or Facebook about our launch party (and let me know you’ve done so by tagging @KatieGreenBean on Twitter or Katie Green Illustration on Facebook) to be entered more than once into the draw. The winner will be announced next Friday, February 7th. Good luck!

Books

The Crystal Mirror is Here!

Wait five years for Katie to finish a book and then two come along at once!

Katie Holding The Crystal Mirror

I can hardly believe that just over a month since Lighter Than My Shadow was published, The Crystal Mirror is going out into the world as well. It was perhaps not the wisest decision I’ve ever made to agree to illustrate a 96-page collection of stories in the six months between finishing LTMS and publication. But, I was up for the challenge and thanks some extremely generous folk who responded to our crowd-funding campaign it was financially viable. As a result I spent six months collaborating with one of my dearest friends, author Tim Malnick, producing our beautiful book.

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The official publication date is today, and The Crystal Mirror is now available in my online shop. However, the official launch party will come at the end of the month, with a rather special celebration (including some characters from the stories in the flesh!) in Leigh Woods, near Bristol. It would be lovely to see you there!

The Crystal Mirror launch party invitation

Books, Thoughts

Published

Katie Green signing Lighter Than My Shadow

It’s really quite strange when suddenly the thing that all your thoughts and efforts and motivations for the past five twelve years have been pushing towards happens. It’s at once the most fulfilling and the most emptying experience I’ve ever had. People have constantly been asking me how it feels and in all honesty I don’t know. It does not quite feel real.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s wonderful that the fruit of my labours is out there, a real book in real bookshops for real people to pick up and buy and read. It’s wonderful that some of those people have liked it, and some have said very nice things, even in public places like Amazon and Stylist Magazine. I’ve even been in the paper and I’ve been on Radio 4. I’ve been interviewed and I’ve guest-blogged and I’ve given talks and even enjoyed giving them. I feel like I’ve achieved something of value, and it’s been amazing to meet people who’ve read it and think so too.

But I’ve also been missing having a project. After so many years tethered to Lighter Than My Shadow, I feel a bit disorientated now that it’s finished. I keep having new ideas for it, forgetting that it’s done and dusted and out there. In some ways I want it back, not because I’m unhappy with what I did but because I miss the doing.

People keep asking me, “What’s next?” and I get grumpy, because that book took me 5 years to draw and they read it in two hours and they want more already? But as I’m adjusting to the feeling of my first book being ‘done,’ I’m also adjusting to the notion that this – drawing, book-making – might be what I do. So yes, I hope there will be another.

And if you really can’t wait, of course, there is another. The Crystal Mirror, written by Tim Malnick and illustrated by me, is published by Vala next week. More, including details of the book launch coming soon…

Books

The Crystal Mirror Cover

I’m very, very excited to show off the front cover design for the book I’m currently working on, The Crystal Mirror & Other Stories.

The Crystal Mirror Cover

This collection of five stories was written by a good friend of mine, Tim Malnick, so it’s been great to have the opportunity to collaborate. Not only that, but the stories themselves are full of princes, princesses, monsters and faraway places – just the kind of things you dream about painting when you’re a little girl who wants to grow up and be an illustrator. I am having the time of my life.

The Crystal Mirror & Other Stories will be published by Vala in November!

Books, Thoughts, Work In Progress

Am I A Real Artist?

Inks

There’s something about the faff of stretching paper, the stink of masking fluid, and constantly running up and down the stairs for clean water (note to self: I would like a sink in my future studio) that makes me feel like a real artist. When I walk to the corner shop and only notice on my return that I have a huge smudge of blue on my nose, or drop a paintbrush and create an inky splatter all over the studio floor, I feel like I’m doing the job I always dreamed about when I was a little kid.

Spending an entire year working on the drawings for Lighter Than My Shadow, a single project of 500 pages in the same medium, was wonderful. It became meticulous, routine, comfortable. And I think that doing a lot of the work digitally added to that feeling of comfort. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t actually believe that art created partially or wholly in digital media is not real art, or lesser in any way. But there is an element of safety in knowing that any mark laid down can be unmade. And you get used to it.

I started using inks when I made a Comic for Jason Molina back in March. It was an intuitive decision based on what was right for the project. The fact that I didn’t have a clue what I was doing didn’t matter in the slightest. I have made the intuitive decision again for The Crystal Mirror and Other Stories, and I still don’t have a clue what I’m doing. Because I’m working with the intention of creating a printed book (rather than a one-off piece only intended to share online), the not-knowing feels very uncomfortable, almost dangerous. I feel a pressure to get things ‘right’, and a great risk that I might make an unintended, uncontrolled mark that I cannot undo.

But perhaps that feeling of danger is not necessarily a bad thing. It also feels good to be pushing myself, and learning something new. It feels real.

Yes, these images are sneak peeks at The Crystal Mirror & Other Stories, but they are absolutely the last I’ll share here until the book is published. If you’d like weekly updates on my progress with the book there’s still time to become a supporter: www.thecrystalmirror.co.uk