So Many Wonderfuls started as a few detailed drawings of a made-up place. At first I didn’t have a book in mind but as I drew I got curious about the town I was inventing and wanted to explore it further. The only way that could happen was for me to draw some more of it. One thing led to another and suddenly there was a whole town full of friends and families and animals and lovely places for people to congregate and I didn’t know where it was but I certainly liked being there. I hope you do too.
First I drew the pictures in pencil then I went over them in ink. Finally I coloured them using a computer. It’s the first time I’ve made pictures in this way and I loved it.
When I got stuck for ideas I would look at Tintin books for inspiration because they are full of amazing detail. And I thought of Harold (of Purple Crayon fame) who draws the world around him as he walks through it until he ends up safe and sound at home in bed. And I hope that is somewhere you will read So Many Wonderfuls because this town is a place to dream of; where friends and family, food and shelter, nature and stories are what matters most, where there are public places and wild spaces for all to share and enjoy. It’s a town full of life and full of love — and with enough towns like this what a wonderful world it would be!
Here is a song of So Many Wonderfuls – you could listen while you look at the book.
Big thanks to the Eeore Chanticleers for singing in the kitchen.
Workings shows how I made some of the pictures for So Many Wonderfuls