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Coming soon: The EverWilde’s magical children’s book

Posted on: April 5th, 2019 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Have you seen the EverWilde…? 🙂 Created by Jess Lilly of Curious Little Market, they are just pure magic…

I’ve been following Jess for a while and just fallen in love with these guys.  The woodland vibe and enchanting imagination of all of Jess’s creations just sings from her Instagram feed and website.  Looking through them all brings instant joy.

So I am super excited to announce that we have been working on a book together!  It’s still in the very early stages right now but coming soon will be a beautiful little illustrated story sharing how the EverWilde came to be.

Jess has had a genius idea for how to create and publish the books herself.  I love that we are able to do this without worrying about publishers or agents.  It’s a really lovely way to work and they are going to be very special, tactile and magical little works of art.  We are just sorting the final layout and details to go into production!  It’s always a bit of a scary stage, wondering how things will turn out, but the sneak peeks I’ve had of the finished item are wonderful.

Here’s a sneak peek at the first cover design:

I’m thrilled that the reaction has been so positive – these are iconic creatures and I am desperate to do them justice.  I’ll be sharing more news and artwork as and when I can.  🙂

Project Wild Thing doodling

Posted on: February 5th, 2014 by samdrawsthings No Comments

I’ve just watched the Project Wild Thing documentary by David Bond, in which he explores the idea that young people are missing out on experiences in the great out doors and elects himself Marketing Director for Nature.

The idea that children and young people are suffering due to not engaging with nature is a really interesting idea, and one that has been explored in various ways including by Richard Louv, The National Trust, Froglife and others.  Whilst watching Bond develop ideas for marketing nature to children and families in new and exciting ways, I did some little drawings.

Part of the concern is that children have so many exciting diversions indoors, that they simply don’t think about going outdoors to play or explore…

a boy sitting indoors

But what is there to do when you do go outdoors?  Going out isn’t necessarily just enough to make it fun and enjoyable…

girl in a hat asking to go back indoors

The things you meet when you’re out there can be intriguing, scary, beautiful, weird… and how you respond to this things may well have a lot to do with how your parents and friends respond….

girl looking at a spider

But there are some great adventures to be had, from climbing trees to making dens, looking for frogs, making daisy chains or jumping in puddles…

girl dipping toe in puddle

Project Wild Thing has lead to some clever and quirky ideas to help and inspire families and young people to get outside and try something new – the website is well worth a look.


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