For the last week or so I have been working on the final illustrations for a new picture book of mine. You may remember back when I was developing the characters for it, and even when I was storyboarding it out. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’m now mourning the fact that it’s all done and I no longer get to frolic with the characters. That said, there’s nothing quite like the feeling when it all finally comes together. I love seeing an idea materialise on paper after it’s lived in my head for so long.

Like many of my stories, I often can’t see where they’ve come from until long after they’re written. I’m a little embarrassed to say that I believe this is actually the story of my fiance and I. Can you guess which character I am? (hint: it’s probably the opposite of your initial instinct…)


16 Responses to “Not-Duck”

  1. 1 Karen Tyrrell March 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Katherine, Once again you enchant me with your wonderful illustration, simple but bursting with emotion. Cheers, Karen :))

  2. 2 Belinda Jeffrey March 15, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    these are so darn lovely, Katherine!

  3. 3 Carol Warner March 15, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    So cute, Katherine! I simply adore them :)

  4. 4 Joanna Gaudry March 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Gorgeous, Katherine. A mix of the ‘Miffy’ style of illustration with your own blend of humour and the floppy bunny/duck/character look. Very sweet and beautifully executed. You have a wonderful sense of design, colour, and space. Well done! Joanna :))

  5. 5 Tanya March 15, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    That’s so exciting! Can’t wait to hear it.

  6. 6 Michael March 15, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Another winner Katherine!

  7. 7 Susanne Gervay March 16, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Love the illustrations – so excited you’re on boards leading SA SCBWI

  8. 8 deescribewriting March 16, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Kath, you are such an amazing talent. Every time I see your illustrations, I can’t wait to read the book:-)


  9. 9 Katherine Battersby March 16, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Thanks for all the lovely comments! You all spoil me.

    Susanne, always happy to help out where I can. Really looking forward to our first meeting…

  10. 10 chrisbongers March 16, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Sweet and funny – how could you have resisted Andrew for so long?

  11. 11 Joanne Sandhu March 16, 2010 at 9:53 am

    These illustrations are just lovely,Katherine, and quite unique.

  12. 12 Katherine Battersby March 16, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Oh Chris, he brought a fair amount of chaos into my very structured life, but a lot of colour too! Although really, there was very little resisting :)

    Thanks Joanne. It took me a while to settle on the style for the story, but am really happy with it now.

  13. 13 Tina C March 17, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Beautiful Katherine – just beautiful. Can’t wait to see it in gloss format in a book in my grubby hands.

    And if you are the duck..then you put Andrew in the dress? It must be love since he hasn’t jumped in and denied it at all ….you guys are so sweet – no wonder you are getting married!

    Bye 4 now

  14. 14 Katherine Battersby March 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks, lovely girl! When I realised it was our story and told Andrew, we were in hysterics at the thought that my subconscious had designated us the most undignified characters possible – me a stubborn duck and Andrew a very girly toddler :) I agree – it must truly be love if he’s still talking to me after that!

  15. 15 Lynn Priestley March 21, 2010 at 10:54 pm


    I love these. Just beautiful. Looking forward to reading their story!

  16. 16 Katherine Battersby March 22, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Thanks Lynn. I certainly had fun with this story.

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A blog of ramblings about the world of writing and illustrating for children, by an author / illustrator who might just have a thing for rabbits.

Katherine's picture books, 'Squish Rabbit' and 'Brave Squish Rabbit', are out with Viking (Penguin, US) and UQP (Australia). Please e-mail if you would like her to blog about something in particular.

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