Explore the Icy Antarctic with a Penguin Chick!
There are lots of great things about sharing an office space with our sister companies Nobrow and Flying Eye Books, but perhaps the most exciting is that we get to have a first sneak peek at their hottest, or in this case coolest new releases! We’ve been excited about this one for a long time as we are such big fans of Ella Bailey’s illustrations and loved the first in this fantastic series of non-fiction stories for children ‘One Day on our Blue Planet… In the Savannah.’
As soon as we set eyes on the cute Adélie penguin chick, we couldn’t wait to jump into its icy habitat. We dived right into the wintry wonderland of the Antarctic, following this baby penguin as she frolics with family, feathered and fishy friends, searches for food and escapes the predators that lurk in the freezing southern seas! A special mention goes to the glorious endpapers that taught us all kind of new Antarctic creatures, including a Kelp gull, Snow petrel and have you ever seen a Chinstrap penguin or Gentoo penguin before?We caught up with Ella Bailey and asked her a few questions about her brilliant new book!
1. Did you have a favourite animal to draw as a child? (Do you have any pics of these?)
-The animals I drew as a child probably depended heavily on whatever book or film I was obsessing over at the time – so I think I drew a little bit of everything! Although according to my mum (who I think remembers better than I do), I actually mostly stuck to drawing people.
2. What is your favourite animal to draw now?
-Cats and elephants! I think penguins might be at the top of my list now as well (I’ve certainly had enough practice drawing them).
3. Were there any particularly interesting facts that you learned while making the book that you found yourself wanting to share with everyone?
-Haha, people around me probably grew a little tired of my ‘fun’ antarctic animal facts. I did end up learning a lot of interesting little things, like how penguins identify and find each other by their calls. They also have spiky tongues!
4. Can you tell us a little about how you work, do you sketch with pencil and paper or is it all done digitally?
-I like to start off with pencil and paper for initial thumbnails and roughs, but as soon as I start thinking about colour I move onto the computer. I tend to find it easier to plan out compositions using colour and shapes rather than line, then build lines and details up on top of that, and I find the digital medium is perfect for working in this way (for me).
5. Do you work with children a lot? Does working with them inspire the way you work at all?
-I am still quite new to working with children, but every time I do I enjoy it so much. I definitely remember how children respond to my stories, what questions they ask and what elements they find especially exciting, and try to bear that in mind for future work!
You can buy the book now from the Flying Eye Books webshop!