Monthly Archives: August 2016

Making of “Too Many Carrots”

One of my favourite parts of illustrating “Too many Carrots” was the cover. I did it last and it involved so many carrots that I needed 3 pieces of paper! I tried to take some photos as I went…


All my work starts with HB pencil.


I use a mixture of watercolour and indian ink and build up in layers.














Once scanned it’s time for editing in photoshop and add in extra leafy details.


Working progress of cover on my screen.


Final product! (Image taken from @leah_Cook instagram)


Making of “Too Many Carrots”

Quite often I get asked about my process of painting, I thought it would be good to share some work in progress photographs I took whilst painting final artwork for “Too Many Carrots”. This first one was a lot of fun to draw, it shows Rabbit’s last stop in the story in which he overfills Beaver’s house with too many carrots…


Here’s the final version that got used in the book.19-20-AW

Here’s some other process pictures of another page in “Too Many Carrots.”


Here’s the final version that got used in the book.


So there has been quite the break since my previous post, apologies about that, quite a lot has happened since. My second picture book “Too Many Carrots” was published by Capstone US in February and was Barnes and Noble’s “Picture Book of the Month“! I got to do some fantastic book events in London and in my home town in Middlesbrough.

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I moved studios to an old converted London Warehouse. I got a new studio buddy, the very talented Jemima Hetherington (view her work here).

The lovely people at Curious Fox (Capstone) came to film me in my new studio too- if you’d like to hear me waffling on you can see the video here.

Last but not least, I also got married!   Danby-Castle-Wedding-Katy-Ross-51

[Photo credit Laura Babb Photography]

More updates coming soon!