Sunshine Smile Publications is delighted to showcase the very talented Danni Bradford!
Danni is an illustrator who loves creating characters. Working traditionally, using water colours and ink, she brings her picture book characters to life and lets their stories unfold. Danni graduated from the Kent Institute of Art and Design (now UCA). In addition to her children’s book illustration, her artwork also includes greeting cards, prints and bespoke pieces, using a variety of mediums including acrylics, water colours and screen printing. It’s a pleasure to showcase her beautiful work! Enjoy!
Q & A with Danni Bradford, Author Illustrator
What are you working on at the moment?
Well, what am I not working on! I seem to be doing a bit of everything. It's a wonderful and frightening time for me; my agent Sophie Gordon at Darley Anderson has the first two of my children's books on my characters 'Henry and Bear' and these are being sent out to publishers.
I also have a third sketched H&B book that I'm working on at the moment. Alongside Henry and Bear I've been working on developing another two non-H&B children's books. The books are all pretty top secret, and I cant give too much away so I try to draw and paint pieces to promote H&B on Facebook and Twitter to keep fans excited about the project, at the moment its Bear yoga!
As well as the books I'm working on a hand screen-printed card range and a few private canvas commissions Oh...and a hand painted toy box. I like to keep busy!
Is there anything you're busy promoting?
Mainly Henry and Bear. It would be amazing to have a publisher come on board with the project and see it in print. After four years of development and work, I have what I can only describe as a mountain of ideas that need an outlet!
There's also the card range, I'm promoting and selling those as well. And I'm always available for commissions!
Can you recommend a children's book that you've recently enjoyed?
When I lived and worked in Australia I was introduced to the work of Shaun Tan, he just creates such beautiful and emotional books. 'The Red Tree' and 'The Rabbits' are both books I recently picked up and enjoyed again, and will again soon!
Do you have a piece of advice for beginning illustrators?Be true to yourself. And be prepared for knock backs. I think networking with Henry and Bear has been amazing I get fan mails and wonderful messages from all over the world and I love it, they keep me strong and they keep me going. It's a hard industry and it can be lonely, so keep your chin up!
The Adventures of Henry and Bear!
'Henry and Bear' are a series of fantastical stories about Henry, a young adventurous boy, and his best friend. A great, big, gregarious, delightful Bear. Henry is a bold explorer with a wonderful imagination.
And Bear, well Bear thinks of his tummy... alot!
Together they embark on new and exciting adventures, meeting new friends and having lots of fun travelling all over the world and beyond...
Bear and the Monkeys!
A sneak peek into Henry and Bear’s new Jungle Adventure!