Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Happy Birthday Faather!

Sparkly shoes!
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

Today is my dad's birthday, here's Lily Peach dressed up in her party dress and sparkly shoes.

You can see his blog and website here:

Teapot Blog

Andy Titcomb - Teapot Website

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Friday, December 01, 2006

Sketchbook page

Sketchbook page
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

Another Bearded Elf...

Sketchbook Page

Sketchbook Page
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A bearded Elf...

Sketchbook page

Sketchbook page
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

Recent sketchbook page....

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Happy Birthday to me...

Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

Here's me and Lily Peach on my birthday. We went for a walk in the woods at Helland.

Mr and Mrs Shoemaker

Mr and Mrs Shoemaker.jpg
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

Characters for a new book....

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Small mohican

Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

14 and half weeks old.....

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Dragon - different views

Dragon - different views
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

Character design for a new book

Friday, November 03, 2006

Painting experiment

Painting experiment
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

a couple of characters for different book I'm working on about two opposing tribes....

Painting experiment

Painting experiment
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another experiment on the same drawing

Painting experiment

Painting experiment
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an experiment with some characters for a new book....

Little and large

Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

Our pumpkin and Lily Peach's munchkin pumpkin.

A mini pumpkin

Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

for a mini ghost...

Hapy Halloween.....

Little ghost
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

here's our little ghost

Monday, October 23, 2006

"the coolest teapots in the world..."

How cool is this, Neil Gaiman has again linked to my dad's website, this time calling them the "coolest teapots in the world", high praise indeed from such a literary luminary. He was also nice enough to order several teapots one of which is going to a Very Famous Illustrator......

Hi, Neil, this is a little off topic, but I thought it would be right up your alley. I am in England for the year studying abroad, and my fantasy-and-macabre-loving artist best friend has given me a mission: to find a teacup, and preferably also a saucer, to bring home to her. This comes with the disclaimer that the teacup and saucer have to be in the very least odd-looking. Do you know of any shops in Blighty or the rest of Britain that sell strange/wacky/interesting teacups? I would be most thankful for any help.

Well if it was teapots you wanted, I'd point you to the coolest teapots in the world, at http://www.andytitcomb.com/current/current.html. (Last time I linked there I crashed the site, though. So don't all click on it at once.) If I wanted an odd teacup and saucer though I would probably poke around junk shops, or possibly just go to to ebay.co.uk and search for teacup.


Leaves - Photoshop experiments

Leaves - Photoshop experiments
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

An experiment in creating foliage....

Lily Peach and Freddie Thor's 2nd date

Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

Saturday, October 21, 2006


Dragon paint experiment.jpg
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

Experimenting with painting in Photoshop

Some recent work

Some recent work
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More recent work

More recent work
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More recent work

More recent work
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More recent work

More recent work
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

A cautionary tale....

I've just had three months of work rejected by a publisher. While this is upsetting, they are perfectly entitled to reject it if they feel it is not up to standard.

What I want to warn people about is this publisher's contracts and business practices.

When I was initially contacted about this book I was offered the same amount that they paid me for a book I did 2 years ago. The new book was also going to be 10 pages longer (42pp), have a tighter deadline and require a fair amount of research.

My agent tried in vain to negotiate a better deal but they wouldn't budge on anything, even down to small things like upping the number of copies of the book I would receive (they said it would be unfair to give me more copies than the author, is it my fault the author didn't ask for more?!).

The contract specified that I would paid on signature, on approval of final art and on publication. Once again, my agent tried to get this changed to include a roughs payment and to reduce or remove the payment on publication. They refused. I reluctantly agreed to do the book because at the time, I needed the money and thought I could make a good looking book out of this.

After continual reminders, I finally received my contract payment 45 days after returning the contract to them.

I completed four spreads and the cover, ahead of schedule to be used a sample for the Frankfurt Book Fair, they gave no indication there was anything wrong with the artwork at this stage. Over a month later, after some frantic work (into the night and across the weekends) I delivered the final artwork for the rest of the book.

They e-mailed me yesterday to tell me that the illustrations were "below the standard we require to invest in publication." They would not be publishing the book and would not be paying me anymore money. They had given no indication before this that there was anything wrong. I think this raises serious questions about how professional they are as a company, if they cannot come to a decision about artwork until they have the whole book.

Because of the way their payments were arranged I was not entitled to anymore money from them, despite having completed the entire book.
I would strongly recommend strongly recommend anyone who is negotiating a contract with a publisher to ensure they have a rejection clause in their contract and if possible to push for a payment at the point of approved roughs.

As it is they can commission you for a book, reject it when you've finished it and only pay a signature fee (if you've received it by then).

This book was supposed to be a lead title for their spring 2007 range so I imagine they will be very frustrated at not having the book, the difference is of course that they have all been paid fully, whilst I was wasting my time on it.

Hopefully the lesson they will learn from this is that for a 'lead title' to be successful they need to allow enough time and a big enough budget for the illustrator, treat them with a little respect and be around to offer feedback (both the founder and the designer went away on holiday during the production of the book.).... but I doubt it.

Needless to say I will not be working for them again, and I will be checking my future contracts very carefully, as I've learnt this the hard way.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Page by Page: the making of a monkey boy

This is a fantastic video of the creation of a picture book.... absolutely correct in almost every aspect....

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Bloglines - Day Against DRM -- TODAY!

Boing Boing

Day Against DRM -- TODAY!

By noemail@noemail.org (Cory Doctorow)

Cory Doctorow:
Today is October 3, the International Day Against DRM -- the first global day where people rise up and say no to anti-copying technology that treats you like a crook. Remember, DRM doesn't stop "piracy" -- the only people who get DRM infections are people who don't pirate their media. You get DRM by buying your movies, music, games and books through authorized channels -- the stuff you download from P2P or buy off of a blanket at a flea-market has already had the DRM cracked off of it. They say that DRM "keeps honest people honest" -- but all it does is keep honest people in chains.

Here's some things to do and read to celebrate No DRM Day:

The Digital TV Liberation Front's Wendy Seltzer is giving a free talk tonight at Los Angeles's USC Annenberg School (main campus) at 7PM.

DefectiveByDesign's list of anti-DRM actions contains over 200 suggestions for activities you can participate in today and all year round to fight DRM.

DRMFree.org is a search-engine for DRM-free music for sale on the Internet, a single index of dozens of sites that sell or give away music without crippleware.

DRM.info is a site aimed at explaining DRM to the uninitiated -- what DRM is, why you should care, and what you can do about it. Tell your friends!

Who Killed TiVoToGo? is a murder-mystery from the Electronic Frontier Foundation that explains how even restricted services that let you get more out of your property are being axed by regulators and the entertainment industry (here's how to fight back).

Kembrew McLeod's guest-edited issue of the journal Cultural Studies contains uproarious scholarly works on the copyfight.

Anti-DRM banners for your site from Militant Geek.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Wow! Award on Mantra Website

Mantra Lingua Ltd - Bilingual Books, Dual Language Books, Bilingual Children’s Books, Bilingual Children’s Toys, Bilingual Children’s Posters, Bilingual Children’s CD ROMs, Bilingual Children’s CD's, Children’s Educational Aids In Multi Languages, Bilingual Children’s Friezes, Posters

Just noticed this on the Mantra site:


The 2006 "Education Show" was held at the NEC in Birmingham,UK. Mantra Lingua's "Little Red Hen and the Grains of Wheat" won the "WOW!" award given by the National Literacy Association (NLA). The book "caught the panel's attention because of its sumptuous illustrations with their determined and joyful appeal which give the familiar text a resonance. Witty, with a juggling cat and a duck on stilts, this will be a favourite in primary classrooms. There is a helpful list of keywords in translation in every edition, so you get a literacy resource for two languages, great for multilingual classroom. Mantra Lingua also won the 2006 EDUCATION RESOURCES AWARD given by BESA for their very innovative "Story Props" range of resources. Story Props work on the basis of extending the learning that can arise for a single story. For example, based on the book "The Buskers of Bremen" the props will include an "interactive literacy" CD Rom for KS1 English, a Board Game, a set of soft toys of characters in the book, an audio CD retelling the story in various language and a big book for whole class teaching. Story props are great for matching various learning styles and extend a simple story to numerous learning uses. (BESA is British Education Suppliers Authority and is the prominent representative of the Education Publishing world.)

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Another Myron review... 5 stars!

Children's book reviews -- picture book *Myron's Magic Cow* by Marlene Newman, illustrated by Jago- Curled Up With A Good Kid's Book

*Myron's Magic Cow* by Marlene Newman, illustrated by Jago

Myron's Magic Cow
by Marlene Newman, illustrated by Jago
Ages 4-8 40 pages Barefoot Books September 2005 Hardcover    

With hints of fairy tales run amok, Myron’s Magic Cow is peopled by whimsical characters set in the framework of everyday life in the city as a little boy sets out to buy milk for his mother’s morning pancakes.

Five dollars clutched in his hand, Myron trudges the familiar blocks (with brilliant illustrations by artist Jago) until he meets a girl with curly blonde hair pulling a cow by a rope: “You need milk and I need money- so let’s cut a deal.” Hinting at the adventures ahead (the three bears waiting in the car), the girl trades Myron the cow for the five dollars and is on her way, leaving Myron to ponder the wisdom of his decision.

Myron pushes and pulls the uncooperative cow home, ignoring the stares as he passes, at a loss for how to transform this very large animal into the milk his mother needs. Much to his surprise, when Myron utters the magic word, “please”, the cow speaks. Myron’s decision is about to be rewarded by the amazing possibilities revealed by the cow.

Thereafter the story evolves into the realm of fantasy and imagination, Myron’s world transformed and his perceptions of reality changed by the magic behind the mundane. With its whimsical story and outstanding illustrations, this wonderful book explores the parameters of the imagination and the infinite boundaries of fantasy.

Myron’s Magic Cow is a product of a contemporary press, Barefoot Books, celebrating “art and story with books that open the hearts and minds of children from all walks of life, inspiring them to read deeper, search further and explore their own creative gifts.” Not to be missed!

  Luan Gaines/2006 for curled up with a good kid's book  

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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Teapot Blogger

Teapot Blogger
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

My dad featured in the Western Morning News because of his world renowned Teapot Blog as mentioned below. Here he is sitting on a chair I made whn I was about 12, holding my mum's laptop, which he definitely doesn't use to blog with....

Friday, September 01, 2006

My dad and his blog in The Western Morning News

Andy Titcomb, 51, a potter based in the North Cornwall village of St Mabyn, has been making teapots since the late 1970s. Such is Mr Titcomb's devotion to his craft, he set up a blog called Teapots, Teapots, Teapots in June last year.
"Being a teapot-maker, I wanted to help promote interest in teapots and no one else was doing it," says the Exeter Art College graduate.
Recent posts on the colourful site include "dragon handle" teapots coming up for auction around the world, an unlikely "rocker on a motorbike" available on eBay for £36, and "The Ugliest Teapot in the World?" which features a battered silver teapot typically found at a church fete.
Mr Titcomb reckons the blog attracts as many as 300 readers a day, primarily from the US. On occasion there has been a bumper readership - a common feature when blogs are linked by counterparts that boast a premier league audience.
Mr Titcomb says: "My website was mentioned on author Neil Gaiman's (science fiction and fantasy novelist) blog and I had more than 3,000 visitors to my site in a few hours. My Internet service provider took my website down because of the large volume of traffic."Teapots, Teapots, Teapots is indicative of how simple the technology is.
Mr Titcomb says he read about the rise of blogging one day and set up his own forum the next. He posts new entries every day - and within 20 minutes he is back at the potter's wheel.

If technology buffs are to believed, there's one born every second. Blogging is an Internet phenomenon growing at such breakneck speed that the number of so-called blogs doubles every six...

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Geraldine McCaughrean - new website

The author of my first commissioned work, multi-award winning, Geraldine McCaughrean seems to have a new website.

Here's what she says about Fig's Giant:

"It's Gulliver in Lilliput... but seen through the eyes of a Lilliputian child. A first picture book by JAGO - the newest, most talked-about talent on the art scene"

Pollution hits Neverland in Peter Pan, the Sequel

It is a book that has been one of the best-kept secrets in theliterary world, its contents zealously guarded by legally bindingconfidentiality agreements. Those in the know were sworn to secrecy,while its eventual publication is due to attract much ceremony.

But now, just six weeks before readers around the world are due tolearn what happens to Peter Pan, Wendy and the Lost Boys, the lid hasbeen lifted - if only partially - on the contents of Peter Pan inScarlet, the long-awaited and officially sanctioned sequel to J MBarrie's children's classic.

A copy of the manuscript, written by the award-winning Britishchildren's author Geraldine McCaughrean, has been leaked to The NewYork Times, which has published a summary of the plot..... Read More

The author of my book, Fig's Giant, multi-award winning Gerladine McCaughrean, is also the author of the official sequel to Peter Pan, which has apparently been leaked somewhat to the New York Times....

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Saturday, August 26, 2006

1 Month old!

Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

Lily was 1 month old yesterday.....

Friday, August 25, 2006

St Mabyn in 1907

St Mabyn Village News: St.Mabyn 1907

Heres a view of the part of St Mabyn we live in, in 1907. Our house is in the row of three facing the pub. You can only see the end gable of No.3 in this photo, directly under the church tower. Between the church and the pub you can just make out the Church Steps that our house is named after.

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Monday, August 21, 2006

Hello Freddie!

Congratulations to Emily and Ben.....

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Unknown Venetian music

We heard this music coming from a church in Venice, on our way back to our appartment one night.

Does anyone know what it is?

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

College artwork 3

College artwork
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

...and another...

College artwork 2

College artwork
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

...here's another....

3 Weeks old today....

Trying to work...
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

.... here's me trying (in vain) to get some work done, with a Peach on my shoulder. She's not usually that peaceful looking....

College artwork

College artwork
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

Just came across a few old paintings in one of my college sketchbooks. They maybe useful for a new book I'm starting, involving two opposing tribes....

These were painted with actual paint...!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Deep in the undergrowth....

Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

...in the exotic flora of Lavender Cottage...

Brave Tales books reviewed in North Cornwall Advertiser

Brave Tales reviewed in North Cornwall Advertiser
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

...although the reviewer seems to have missed the point somewhat. They say that the books are really better suited to being read by parents to children.... as if that's a bad thing. However, that is specifically what the books are designed for. The font size varies to indicate points of emphasis in the text and they are written to sound as close to a real performance of the text as possible....

Otherwise, a good review!

Buy them on my site on the shop page, or direct from the author at:


Sunday, August 06, 2006

Peach in a pouch

Peach in a pouch
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

My sister's blogging!

Casualty of windows....

Casualty of windows....
Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

A week or so ago, we heard a loud bang come from our kitchen, which sounded just as if someone ha thrown something aainst the window.
Iwent to look and found this bird in the floor. It twitched a couple of times, then lay still....

I put it in the hedge at the edge of the churchyard (2 feet from our back gate). The following morning it was gone , with a trail of feathers leading back into the brambles.

Anyone know what sort of bird it is? It looks Finchy to me.....

Green on Pink

Originally uploaded by Jagosilver.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Sally Lloyd-Jones has a new website!

The author of the Jesus Storybook Bible (my latest work) has a new website. Witty text, slick design and best of all it features one of my books :~)

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