Tartan Meets the Queen | Letter from the Queen!

By heather at 8:52 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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I got a kick out of this… Charline & Lauren mailed a copy of our children’s book, Tartan Meets the Queen, to “THE” Queen of England. And what’s better, they received a letter back from The Queen’s Lady-In-Waiting!

Tartan Meets the Queen is available online at Trafford.com

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Tartan Meets the Queen | Golden Scribe Award Winner

By heather at 8:13 pm on Friday, March 20, 2009

Charline Crous excitedly dropped me a note this week to say our children’s book, Tartan Meets the Queen, won first place in Trafford Publishing’s First Annual Golden Scribe Award competition! Tartan Meets the Queen is available online at Trafford.com

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Tartan Meets the Queen is In The Picture

By heather at 6:09 pm on Monday, November 10, 2008

I was delighted to see Tartan Meets the Queen up on the Book Examples page on the Children In The Picture website. I came across this organization last year, and it struck a chord with me how important it is as an illustrator to include children of all backgrounds and circumstances in picturebooks. Tartan Meets the Queen is available online at Trafford.com.

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Tartan Meets the Queen | Books Arrived!

By heather at 5:56 pm on Tuesday, September 9, 2008

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Another exciting package arrived the mail today! Charline & Lauren sent me copies of our book, “Tartan Meets the Queen,” printed & published by Trafford Publishing. I’m pleased with how the colours turned out, again Trafford did a great job on the printing.

You can buy this book online at Trafford.com, or if you’d like to order a copy signed by the illustrator (moi!), drop me an email and I’ll arrange it for you :)

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Tartan Meets the Queen | Inside Buckingham Palace

By heather at 4:51 pm on Thursday, June 5, 2008

buckingham palace grand hall staircase state dining room throneroom ballroom

I just finished the last illustration for Charline & Lauren’s picturebook, “Tartan Meets the Queen.” Yippee! This one was a lot of fun drawing… I liked putting the squirrel in different places… sliding down the banister, sitting on the throne, peaking out from behind the chandellier. After drawing the illustrations in pencil (below), it was satisfying colouring in all of the “bling” with a few tinting layers of colour in Photoshop (above.)

buckingham palace grand hall staircase state dining room throneroom ballroom

So now we’re just going through doing some final edits to the book layout, then it will be off to the printers! (Read on …)

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Tartan Meets the Queen | Buckingham Palace

By heather at 2:15 am on Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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One down, one to go! Here’s the latest illustration for Charline & Lauren’s storybook, “Tartan Meets the Queen.” The illustrations for this book are all done in regular old pencil (below), then I give them a tint of colour in Photoshop (above.)

This is the first children’s book I’ve had a chance to illustrate since I joined In The Picture, a project aimed to encourage illustrators, authors & publishers to include disabled children in their books for young readers. I’ve incorporated one little girl in a funky wheelchair in this illustration as my first contribution to In The Picture. (Read on …)

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Tartan Meets the Queen | Palace Garden

By heather at 10:41 pm on Monday, May 19, 2008

One more illustration down, two to go before “Tartan Meets the Queen” is complete! I’ve saved the most detailed for last… an illustration of Buckingham Palace, and another of several of the interior rooms. Will enjoy drawing all the royal bling in those! (Read on …)

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Tartan Meets the Queen | Pointy Shoes

By heather at 4:41 pm on Friday, May 9, 2008

With only 3 illustrations left, the finish line is in sight for Charline & Lauren’s story, “Tartan Meets the Queen!” Here’s one of the most recent illustrations completed, I’m hoping to have the rest done in the next few weeks (depending on how long my baby Hera naps each day to let me draw!)
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“Tartan Meets the Queen” © Charline Crous & Lauren Everton, Illustrations © Heather Castles

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Tartan Meets the Queen | Teaparty

By heather at 5:47 pm on Friday, April 11, 2008

Just finished anorher illustration for Charline & Lauren’s story, “Tartan Meets the Queen.”

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“Tartan Meets the Queen” © Charline Crous & Lauren Everton, Illustrations © Heather Castles

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Tartan Meets the Queen | First few illustrations…

By heather at 7:32 pm on Friday, February 1, 2008

tartan queen elizabeth children's book illustrations

Today I finished four of the 12 illustrations for children’s book “Tartan Meets the Queen,” by Charline Crous & Lauren Everton… thought I’d share a sneak peak!

tartan queen elizabeth children's book illustrations

So these illustrations start out as just plain old graphite pencil drawings (above), and I tint them with colour digitally in Photoshop.

tartan queen elizabeth children's book illustrations

I’m LOVING the new paper I’m using for this book, it’s a very smooth, white bristol-type board… much nicer to draw with pencil on than cold-press illustration board.

tartan queen elizabeth children's book illustrations

tartan queen elizabeth children's book illustrations

I also discovered a new favourite tool… the Staedtler “Mars rasor” eraser pencil with brush. It’s one of those hard erasers, and it’s lovely because I can sharpen it to erase those tiny little details that are hard to get crisp with a kneaded or rubber eraser.

staedtler mars rasor pencil eraser

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“Tartan Meets the Queen” © Charline Crous & Lauren Everton, Illustrations © Heather Castles

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