Where's My Uncle

A children's picture book, written by Josh Denness and illustrated by Abby Hobbs.

Josh Denness got in touch in the Autumn of 2018 to ask me to illustrate the story he had written for, and about, his niece Freya, who was always confused why Josh didn't live with them and only visited occasionally. It is a beautifully written rhyming story that I was so excited to work on, even though we only had two months before Freya's birthday! I illustrated the scenes first in pencil, and then edited them together on Procreate on my iPad. Once Josh and I were happy I printed the scene out and used my trusty light box to watercolour on to a fresh sheet of paper. I wanted to add the colour in this way to make sure I couldn't obsess over painting in the pencil lines and so that the overall feel of the illustrations was a bit more loose. Josh and I printed out and sold 70 copies to friends and family, three to one little girl who loved the book so much it would be ruined within a year and they needed to buy more! We made back all our printing and postage costs and made £150 on top of that which was an unexpected bonus. Oh, and of course Freya herself loved the book so much she knows it off by heart.

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