Little Board books are love.

Lets face it, I love them.
The pages are thick cardboard windows into a wonderful world. They are so Chew-able.
There are so many amazing little board books out there, square ones, rectangular ones even circular ones and I love them all!

I would love nothing more than to illustrate those little books of love! IMG_20170730_150758_565

I stare at them with child like wonder and I must admit, I do try and chew on them too.
There’s a certain kind of magic to children’s books and when the audience is young, the magic is just a little bit stronger in the book.

Here’s to those little cardboard shapes and stories that mesmerise and teach little ones about wonderful things!


Sasha out!

Complete the task, it feels better than procrastination.

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This might sound contrary to how artist’s should feel, but, there is no greater joy than, after the planning and the scheduling and all that jazz, you finish and hand off the project.

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Three boys on a couch.

It gives me great joy to be able to hand over, or post online or even just give the artwork and see other’s enjoy it!

Well, I’m never done!
Lets see what I do next…

(enter planning mode)


Slowly getting there!

Hi Guys and Gals!
It’s only Tuesday and it’s already crazy! So far yesterday I’ve phoned up and down the European continent looking for Literary Agencies that actually work with foreign artists.
Not let me share with you how that went…

First of all, there’s not many. RandomHouse is one of the few and then there are the little obscure ones but most of them don’t want to venture out into children’s books.
I’m a South African, living in Africa and if I get an opportunity to work with one of these agencies, moving to Europe (Germany or Sweden) would be so much easier!
I spent an hour on the phone with a lovely German older lady, she was funny and helpful and she gave me some great tips… Screw Holland!!! I phoned almost every literary agent and publisher in Holland and they all just don’t want to hassle with foreigners.
Ironically, I am of dutch descent!

But then Little Tiger press! oh man! The lady was so funny and we talked about so much shit that had nothing to do with Illustration, but it was nice! So I have to do some Illustrations of scenes with kids and a whole list of other stuff too and then mail it to them!!! so cool!

So, I’m working on some scenes with kiddo’s and getting my styles and stuff just right.
I’m still waiting for the Swedes to come back from holiday and stuff but I’m sure I’ll get there soon…
I’ll just keep annoying Europeans till they let me in!


I’m not the greatest and I know that, But I’m good-ish and getting there!


Keep pushing!

Sasha Richards out.