Michibuti

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

The story is about a boy called Ted, who lives in Blobfish Tower. One day he gets an email inviting him to emigrate to Michibuti. All he needs to do is open a Michibuti bank account. So he sends his new friends his parents' bank details... and then some other things happen. 

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 - where Ted lives.

The front cover of Michibuti shows Blobfish Tower - that's why there's a big pink B - where Ted lives.

A lute-playing leopard

A lute-playing leopard

Lately I've discovered how much I love anteaters

Lately I've discovered how much I love anteaters

This one is actually dressed as me. I have the same shorts and red waistcoat. Also, when I painted this one I hesitated about using that lime green colour. But it turns out green fur suits jaguars.  

This one is actually dressed as me. I have the same shorts and red waistcoat. Also, when I painted this one I hesitated about using that lime green colour. But it turns out green fur suits jaguars.  

Possibly my favourite of the lot, probably because it looks the most content. If you look at its ridiculous shoes you can tell that they're all painted on cardboard, because there's a rip. 

Possibly my favourite of the lot, probably because it looks the most content. If you look at its ridiculous shoes you can tell that they're all painted on cardboard, because there's a rip. 

Old-timey violin pig. Shame it's a little blurred. 

Old-timey violin pig. Shame it's a little blurred. 

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. You can tell because the paint is very blobby. It was the last one I made so there was a bit of surplus paint to use up.

I painted this stag in a dress very quickly. You can tell because the paint is very blobby. It was the last one I made so there was a bit of surplus paint to use up.

OK David