James Foley

Illustrator, author, speaker, facilitator


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Drawing on body language

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Body language is very important in my books. While a facial expression can easily hint at the emotional state and thought processes of the characters, body language gives the reader extra clues about how the characters are feeling and thinking. This makes it easier for the reader to understand the images and the story. I would argue that accurate and expressive body language also makes the characters feel more real, more human – which helps the reader to engage with the story.

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Author Visit: James Foley

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Thanks To the staff at Carey Baptist College iCentre for the great write-up on my visit!

Originally posted on Teasdale iCentre:

On Tuesday the 5th of August, we had a visit from author/illustrator James Foley at the Carey iCentre.  James is the illustrator of The Last Viking and The Last Viking Returns, and the author/illustrator of In The Lion and My Dead Bunny, which will be released later in the year.

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James came to speak to the year 7s and 8s about picture books, how it got his start in them and of his love of drawing.  He shared art and stories from when he was at school, speaking of his early attempts at art and story writing, and how it progressed with practice, all interspersed with humorous stories.

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From there he shared of how he came into illustrating books, of the story-boarding and trail and error it took to arrive at the final version ready for publishing.  He also read and showed his latest book, My Dead Bunny…

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1 simple tip for drawing hands

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I’ve always found that hands are the hardest thing to draw. Here’s a simple technique I used to make things easier when I was illustrating my new book My Dead Bunny.

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Meet the Cast of ‘My Dead Bunny’ (part 3)

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My new book is about a zombie rabbit. It’s written by Sigi Cohen and it’s called My Dead Bunny.

Last week I showed some reference sketches for the secondary characters (Mum, Dad and the sister) and the three main human characters (Sigi, Billy and Stan).

Today I’m showing some reference sketches for the eponymous character: the dead bunny.

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Meet the Cast of ‘My Dead Bunny’ (part 2)

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My new book is about a zombie rabbit. It’s written by Sigi Cohen and it’s called My Dead Bunny.

Earlier this week I showed some reference sketches for the secondary characters: Mum, Dad and the sister.

Today I’m focusing on the three main (human) characters: the unnamed narrator (who I named Sigi after the author), and his friends Billy and Stan.

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Meet the Cast of ‘My Dead Bunny’ (part 1)

My new book is about a zombie rabbit. It’s written by Sigi Cohen and it’s called My Dead Bunny.

This week and next, I’m writing three posts to introduce you to the cast of the book.

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3 books to inspire creative courage

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Fear gets in the way of making art. So how do we manage that fear?

Here are three seriously good books that were recommended to me when I first started out in writing and illustration. Each one is a fantastic resource to help you face your creative fears.

Put them on your Christmas wish list early!

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Zombie animals terrify at Telling Tales

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Last weekend I visited Balingup for their annual Telling Tales Children’s Storytelling Festival.

Balingup is a beautiful town in the South-West Region surrounded by farms, bushland and pine forest. When the sun is out the scenery is stunning – it’s all green hills and winding valleys. But on cold winter mornings a mist descends upon the town, which creates an incredibly spooky atmosphere. It’s the perfect setting for a scary story …

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