Michibuti

Michibuti is a children's book I wrote and co-illustrated with the fantastic Portuguese illustrator Leonor Zamith.

The images were painted on cardboard in acrylic, and then arranged like a collage onto separately painted backdrops. You can see the texture of the cardboard, and the corrugated surface sometimes shows up as a stripe of light or shadow.

Below is the front cover, and some of the characters you meet in the story.

The front cover of  Michibuti  shows Blobfish Tower - that's why there's a big pink B at the top.

The front cover of Michibuti shows Blobfish Tower - that's why there's a big pink B at the top.

A lute-playing leopard

A lute-playing leopard

Painting this, I realised how much I love anteaters

Painting this, I realised how much I love anteaters

This one is wearing more or less the same outfit I was when I painted it

This one is wearing more or less the same outfit I was when I painted it

You can see the corrugated cardboard on this crocodile’s shoes

You can see the corrugated cardboard on this crocodile’s shoes

I think I should have given this one a tambourine or something else to hold in its right hand.

I think I should have given this one a tambourine or something else to hold in its right hand.

I painted this stag in a dress very quickly - it was the last one I made, painted using the surplus paint I had to use up.

I painted this stag in a dress very quickly - it was the last one I made, painted using the surplus paint I had to use up.

OK David