Dotty Detective The Holiday Mystery

  Pink heart jazzies all round - Dotty Detective is back on the case with a brand new adventure, The Holiday Mystery! Dot and her family and Beans and his dad are all going on holiday to the Sunny Glades campsite by the seaside.     They make a new friend in Poppy,...

Picking Pickle

    We're back! What better way to welcome the spring. May I present Picking Pickle, a new picture book to be published by Pavilion Books in June - written by Polly Faber and illustrated by me. We've been yelping excitedly in the wings for a long time on this one....

black and white #1

    This week I'll be sharing some of things I love to draw. Illustrating fiction in black and white is the greatest happiness. Because dress it up all you like and the deliciousness of colour notwithstanding, it's the line that underpins it all, the heart and the...

Mango & Bambang Superstar Tapir

    Out now in paperback - in sunset-orange foil and it is SHINY!     Although people who know me might suspect that for my orange-y accents...     I probably...

Dotty Detective The Birthday Surprise

  Put on your party hats – Dot and the gang are back with a brand new story! Dot is hugely excited about her birthday (although not half as excited as their teacher Mr Dickens is about HIS). There are present lists to write, invitations to make…     But there’s a new...

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Dotty Detective The Holiday Mystery

0306
2018
  Pink heart jazzies all round - Dotty Detective is back on the case with a brand new adventure, The Holiday Mystery! Dot and her family and Beans and his dad are all going on holiday to the Sunny Glades campsite by the seaside.     They make a new...
2004
2018

black and white #5

    My last black and white illustration - of this batch - to show. Look out for this fine chap in Picking Pickle! I... read more
1904
2018

black and white #4

    Cars and trains and boats and planes... I've been a Mr Toad (poop poop) for as long as I can remember. Not just... read more
1804
2018

Picking Pickle

    We're back! What better way to welcome the spring. May I present Picking Pickle, a new picture book to be published by Pavilion... read more
1304
2018

black and white #4

    Scenes, settings and stories... oh and hats! I also found out, while inventing the Fancy-Coat-Lady's fancy coat, that in the 1950's the advances... read more
1204
2018

black and white #3

    Animals! And the journey of anthropomorphism: from a real-life natural pet, McClusky, through to Dixie and Percy with their three-piece suits and driving... read more
1104
2018

black and white #2

    Today: drawing children, then and now. I love the vitality of contemporary life, but when it comes to classics - oh those scratchy... read more
1004
2018

black and white #1

    This week I'll be sharing some of things I love to draw. Illustrating fiction in black and white is the greatest happiness. Because dress... read more
1701
2018

Mango & Bambang Superstar Tapir

    Out now in paperback - in sunset-orange foil and it is SHINY!   [video width="720" height="720" m4v="http://claras.me/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/IMG_3606.m4v"][/video]   Although people who know me... read more
0901
2018

McClusky’s birthday

From Dotty Detective The Birthday Surprise: We don't know when McClusky's birthday is, because he's a rescue dog, so each year he has THREE birthday... read more
0601
2018

a year of Mary Plain

  In 2017 Mary Plain returned in style! You can read more about her journey – and mine – here. Four books were published (looking... read more
0902
2017

Mary Plain #7

Happy Publication Day, Mary!   So this day has arrived at last. Mostly Mary and All Mary have put on their best rosettes and stepped... read more
0802
2017

Mary Plain #6

cake continuity error   When you make a mistake of this magnitude, there are two ways to go... (more…) read more
0702
2017

Mary Plain #5

the bear pits in Berne   I've pored over pictures and collected old postcards... (more…) read more
0602
2017

Mary Plain #4

Mary's picture writing   Mary has many ways to unequivocally get her message across, but none quite so charming as her picture writing. Sometimes it's easy... read more
0502
2017

Mary Plain #3

welcome to Mary's world...   Mary comes from the bear pits in Berne Zoo. (more…) read more
0402
2017

Mary Plain #2

tiny bears!   Here is Mary in action, and in every imaginable mood. A busy bear. You might be surprised to know that each individual image... read more
0302
2017

Mary Plain #1

bringing Mary to life on the page   With just a week to go until publication by Egmont UK of Mostly Mary and All Mary,... read more
2311
2016

Mary Plain

an unusual first class bear   This has been a VERY difficult secret to keep under my hat, or should I say behind my large... read more
2904
2016

Dotty Detective day four

doodling!   Are you a compulsive doodler? I don’t mean the kind of informal drawing that artists sometimes call doodles. That’s lightweight. I mean the... read more
2804
2016

Dotty Detective day three

introducing Beans and McClusky Meet Dot’s best pal Beans and TOP DOG McClusky, fellow members of the Join The Dots Detectives. This is the contents... read more

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