Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Some more bags!

Some bear drawings - their body's are so like a bag!

Friday, 16 November 2007

A picture from the blog I have started - dedicated to the literacy series I conceptualized, wrote and illustrated - for the first 3 years of a child's school - go and have a peep www.Marjorie-readers.blogspot.com/
Here are some new roughs I've done for my stories - a series of 3 books published a few years back - I've got my rights back from the publishers and have re-written the stories and intend to re-illustrate the books





Here are some pictures I illustrated for the book by Katherine Paterson - The King's Equal that was translated into Greek - a wonderful fairytale.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

And here is the artwork of the Noah drawing!

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Thought I'll post the picture of Noah that I'm working on -
Spring has arrived in Gordon's Bay and the beaches are getting more and more visitors. It's Wonderful!!!

Saturday, 13 October 2007

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Drawing of a fairy in my garden with how she/he camouflages!!!!
A call to ALL children's book writers, illustrators and Children's book publishers in South Africa... I have added links of South African writers, illustrators and publishers on my blog - please check your link and if there is a different link you want or if you have a website or blog and you are not listed please let me know - send me your link - contact detail on my website-gallery - www.grafikon.co.za
Some character studies for the book I'm working on. I have also worked on my other blogs - go and have a look! See links - top right of blog or go to my website - it has all the links - www.grafikon.co.za/

Friday, 14 September 2007


These are some VERY VERY rough drawings - the beginnings of a new book. (This is what it looks like in my mind's eye!!!)
A rough illustration of a Grandpa and his grandson from a book in progress that I have been working on for a loooong time - this book is looking for a publisher...

My granddaughter Klara (born July 31):

I just had to share these recent pics with you!


Happiness is... Klara in the arms of Morpheus. I love this photo!

Klara and her Oupa catching forty winks - Look at Klara's hands (she loves catching her fingers in Johann's long beard).

Sunday, 19 August 2007

Newest book - just published!!





The latest book I illustrated (Nina and Little Duck by Wendy Hartmann), has just been published! Here are a few double spreads. (Click on "TRADE BOOKS" above for more information).

Monday, 13 August 2007

I've added a whole lot of links... created more blogs for myself, created blogs for the SCBWI South Africa and added links of other SA writers & illustrators and interesting websites - see the list in the sidebar and go and have a peep. If you're a SA writer/illustrator and your link is not there, please let me have your link details and I will add it.

Paddy Bouma and Wendy Hartmann have just started their own blogs - go and have a look!

(The picture above is a test illustration.)
I'm playing with sketches of babies. Newborn Babies: The neck flops and drops forward; reflexes; startled and jerky arm and leg movements; when open, eyes look either sleepy or wide eyed (startled); head size exaggerated (about one third of body size), basically body grows to catch up with head size; arms and legs very short (I remember a school readiness test where the child must be able to cross its arm over its head and touch the ear on the other side - that's about age 4 or 5). More about drawing babies later - I'm really enjoying this!!!

Friday, 3 August 2007


I have not been blogging for a while, but I have a very good reason: Her name is Klara and she arrived at 10h50, weighing in at 4.1Kg (9 pounds) on Tuesday, July 31, 2007. My daughter, Alexia, gave Johann and me our first grandchild. Once I get used to the wonderful feeling of being a granny, I will probably start drawing babies and babies and some more babies... After all, I now have the most beautiful model in the whole wide world.
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Monday, 16 July 2007

My Newest Book

My book is out!!!! Launched at the Cape Town Book Fair.
It is Lulama's Long Way Home published by Giraffe Books, an imprint of Pan Macmillan - ISBN 978-1-920162-09-2 (also available in Afrikaans and will be published in 11 other languages soon) - about a little girl that is swooped out of the river by a near sighted Fish Eagle who though she was a fish!

Thursday, 28 June 2007

This is to thank the CT Book Fair Committee for giving the SCBWI South Africa a stand to promote our organisation
Cape Town Book Fair was a huge success - over 40.000 people attended and our SCBWI stand was a hive of activity - afterwards a nasty flu bug ambushed me on my way home and I have been in bed since then - But better now - although still coughing.

Tuesday, 12 June 2007



Nina & Little Duck... FINISHED ALL PICTURES!!! - I had fun drawing a frog in the illustrations that is not in the text - the frog appears throughout the book - see below other pictures of the Nina & Little Duck book- children love something like that!

Sunday, 10 June 2007




Very busy with Cape Town Book Fair arrangements - SCBWI South Africa are going to print posters from 5 South African illustrators (1,000 of each one) that we will be selling at the Book Fair - Here are the posters and above them a close up of the poster I made

Monday, 4 June 2007

I had a whole week-end relaxing - now its getting all the arrangements sorted out for the Cape Town Book Fair that's happening on the 16-19 June - Here is another pic from the Nina & Little Duck book I completed last week.

Thursday, 31 May 2007

a close up - Three posts in one day - to make up for the past postless days. My son, Markus, suggested I should let some butterflies escape from Nina's top - good idea!
AND a BIG belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dear friend Simone Kaplan from New York - thought of you on Tuesday!
Here is a doule spread from Nina and Little duck - the book I just completed!!! Have to say that over and over to believe it!
This past week has been a very busy week - I delivered all illustrations on Tuesday and slept the whole of yesterday. I'm finished!!!!! 34 double spreads!!!! Will post a few pages for you to see - Book will be out about the end of July. Here the close up of the pic below I promised to post. - June is starting next week, the Cape Town Book Fair is on the 16-19 June and the South African chapter of the SCBWI is going to have a stand st the fair so the next two weeks are going to be EXTREMELY busy with preparation. But today I'm taking the day off! Have a jolly day

Sunday, 20 May 2007


Part of the Illustration I'm working on today - will post it when it is finished. It's raining in Gordon's Bay and the small stream that runs past our house is a torren - I can clearly hear the sound of running water in my studio. It is also cold - I unpacked my small blow-heater yesterday- (just to heat one's feet) - a perfect working day!

Wednesday, 16 May 2007

Ducktivity continues! Have a good drawing day!

Monday, 14 May 2007




My husband, Johann, sneaked up to my studio and took some photos while I was working - thought I'll share them with you.

The ducks are attacking me... Aaargh!