FUNDED!!! Albie Ted Goes To Bed is coming soon …

When new author Becky Robertson contacted me about her project I had no idea what to expect. I agreed to read her manuscript and I am so glad that I did. As soon as I read Albie Ted Goes To bed for the first time I felt passionately that I really wanted to illustrate the project.

Albie Ted Goes To Bed is a story about the bond between a mother and a baby that continues to grow and get stronger even through gentle weaning, it is a positive breast feeding story aimed at young children. It really resonated with me; I breastfed both of my children and it was easier with Lilly because I could give her my full attention. Harrison arrived when Lilly was three years old, she couldn’t remember breastfeeding herself and hadn’t seen anyone else do it since so my little inquisitive three year old had lots of questions which I was happy to answer.

Lilly and Harrison Webbling x

Lilly was never upset seeing me breastfeed although she could be a little impatient like most three year olds and so she took to ‘feeding’ her baby dollies while I was feeding Harrison, we thought it was one of the most adorable things ever! However one day in nursery I was called in and told that Lilly had been told off, I was shocked, she was a good girl and never got told off (that changed as she got older but that is a story for another day!), they told me that she was told off for putting a baby doll up her top and ‘feeding’ the baby! Well, that was the first and only time I have had to really ‘tell off’ an educator! I took Lilly home and explained to her that she was not in the wrong, that her nursery teacher was the one who didn’t understand. Lilly doesn’t remember this incident but it stuck with me.

I wish that I had a book like this to read to her so that breast feeding was more normal for her, not just me telling her and showing her that it is. I looked online for cartoons, books etc to show her how normal it was and to reassure her that she wasn’t in trouble. This is a book I definitely would of bought for her. After viewing my portfolio and having lots of conversations I was absolutely blessed that Becky Robertson chose me as her illustrator.

Concept art for Albie Ted and Mummy.

This book is raising money for The Breastfeeding Network which was just even more incentive to get on board with the project. It is a charity that supports parents and families throughout the breastfeeding process. £1.00 from every book sale will go to the charity.

Becky Robertson, author of Albie Ted Goes To Bed set up a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project, I helped by adding a few pictures of the concept art and on 26.02.19 with 7 days to go, the campaign was successfully funded and the project will definitely be going ahead. I am so excited to illustrate this heartwarming story and to share it with children who might just see breast feeding as a little more mainstream and normal than they did before. I will begin illustrations for Albie Ted late March and I will keep everyone updated with the publication dates.

A huge massive thank you to all of the people who have backed the project, to the people and businesses that have shared the project far and wide. I cannot wait to get started! Big congratulations to Becky Robertson for her successful Kickstarter project, now the work begins!!!

If you have a project that you think I might be a fit for, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thanks for reading, Samantha x

Albie Ted is going to be SUPER!

Knowing me, knowing you, Aha!

Ok be honest, did you just sing the title of this blog post? I sang as I typed it!

I am hoping to work with lots of new people in 2019, I would love to help add some colour to your blogs, websites, products, brands etc etc so please do not hesitate to get in touch and we can chat about your ideas. Until then, here is a little more about me, why not let me know a little about you?

hello, i am samantha, i love tea , watercolours and i often put my paintbrush in the wrong cup! i am a freelance artist and teddy bear creator with a mild addiction to sherbet fo
i enjoy illustrating cute and colourful people and creatures. you can see more of my illustrations on my website. link in bio.-4
i love bears, bunnies, dinosaurs and blake the bee!-2
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Looking forward to hearing from you soon,

Samantha x

Creative Chicks Exhibition

I am very honoured to have been asked to exhibit my Stargazersaurus prints at Ingeenium’s Creative Chicks festival on Saturday 10th March.

Ingeenium is a participatory arts charity based in London, with the aim to build immunity through creativity in libraries. The Creative Chicks exhibition is a celebration of women across the world who are participating in the arts.

My Stargazersaurus paintings have been selected to be displayed next to a whole host of other creative women’s artwork and will be part of the day long festival of workshops and fun. If you are in the area it really is not a day to be missed!

Creative Chicks Ingeenium Stargazersaurus watercolour dinosaur by Samantha Webb