Roley 'emerges' from behind the tree!
A new version of 'Roley Moley's Christmas' will be published soon and as my previous blog on illustrating 'Roley Moley Goes in Search of the Moon' was so popular I thought I would share a few images of Roley coming to 'life'!
After doing some rough sketches I will come up with a picture I am happy with and start to do a proper drawing. This image shows the pencil outline and where I have started to ink in Roley.
Here is the picture now I have
penned the outlines and rubbed out the pencil.
Now I have started to colour and add
light and shade to the picture - oh and this is where I try to avoid dipping my paintbrush in the big mug of tea I always have at my side!
Here is the picture well on the way to being finished. Many times things go wrong though and I am not happy with the picture and have to start all over again!
This illustration shows Roley looking up as someone very special comes into the room.
I wonder who it could be? If you would like to find out click on the picture to get a
link to the current ebook.
But don't forget to look out for the new version this Christmas.
I didn’t really like you
But I’m sorry that you’re dead!
I saw you drifting in the bath
Just when I turned my head
I should have acted faster
And quickly scooped you out
But I really don’t like spiders
Of that there is no doubt
I felt a little guilty
As I saw you half afloat
A shame you didn’t use the sponge
As a kind of boat!
I tried resuscitation
Upon the window shelf
Amongst the pills and potions
And vitamins for health
I got some tissue paper
To get rid of the wet
I thought that if you made it
You’d make a creepy pet
But when I looked more closely
Of legs you had just seven
I knew then it was over
And you were on your way to heaven!
I didn’t really like you
And I’m sorry that you’re dead
But I’m sure you’ve lots of relatives
Hiding underneath my bed
(Oh and if you really dont like spiders a short story - among 5 - to really creep you out!
The vagaries of the English language
My little grandson started school yesterday and thankfully it all went well. In fact he so loved school he wants to go at weekends too! Long may it last! This September lots of other little ones have started on their journey to learn to read and write. My grandson has a great range of language for a four year old - partly because we believe in exposing him to all kinds of words, but understanding the spelling and pronunciation of English words for reading and writing will be another challenge entirely.
Try telling someone learning to spell that you spell a bow for your hair - BOW, but ‘toe’ which rhymes exactly with ‘bow’ with an ‘e’instead of a ‘w’. But ‘Bow’ although spelt the same can also be pronounced as in ‘take a bow’ the ‘o’ now making a different vowel sound as in ‘ow’ I’ve hurt myself! But what about the ‘bough’ of a tree then? The pronunciation is the same as in ‘take a bow’ but now has ‘ugh’ instead of ‘w’ at the end. This ‘ugh’when added to ‘to’ does not make the sound ‘tow’ as in ‘town’ but ‘tough’ as in‘huff’ - again spelt differently. ‘Cough’ you would therefore assume would be pronounced ‘Cuff’ going with the principles of ‘tough’ but no it is of course a chesty ‘cough’! So what about ‘dough’ which is pronounced neither as ‘bough’, ‘tough’ or ‘cough’ but has the same ‘ough’ spelling?
Oh dear! The so called ‘rules’ of the English language seem to be broken more times than not. There are thousands more examples of these ridiculous ‘rule breaking’ spellings which gets a little tedious to say the least but somehow or other we do all more or less manage to get there with the different spellings and pronunciations of our English language.
Maybe texting and other modern technological devices will change the way we spell in the future anyway. Language is always developing and altering. Even I use ‘c u later’ and ‘r u 2 ok?’ when texting, but that’s partly because I can’t get the hang of predictive text and have to resort to my own peculiar shorthand!
Luckily the first nights reading homework for my little grandson was about a cat and a little monster chasing a big monster and not too challenging for either of us! The challenge will come in later years and until then that can wait. For the moment I just hope he enjoys reading about monsters and cats even though I can’t quite figure why it’s not a Kat!