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Posted by Tom, July 17, 2014

Where I Work: Steven Lenton

This is the latest instalment in an occasional series of blogposts, in which some of our authors and illustrators share their favourite working spots. Today, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam illustrator Steven Lenton shows us inside his brand new studio…

Welcome to my new studio and home! I am very lucky to be working from a beautiful house in Bath where I have taken over the basement with a gorgeous view of the garden, overlooking the entire city which is breathtaking!

I’m still settling in and have surrounded myself with my favourite familiar objects, chocolate, toys, postcards, chocolate, crisps, artwork and chocolate so it’s already feeling quite homely.

It’s great to have a separate floor so that I can keep my live/work balance in check and can shut off when time allows, although my sketchbooks are gradually making their way upstairs too…

The weather has been amazing of late and because I have had lots of layouts, characters and ideas to get down in my sketchbooks I have been taking advantage of the sun and have mainly been just outside the studio window on the terrace with my little dog Holly keeping me company as I draw a range of new characters from mermaids to cats and lots and lots of dogs!

It’s proving to be a great space to work in and is keeping me calm as my work load gets heavier and heavier.

Really looking forward to the Bath Children’s Literature Festival – if you are coming along please stop by for a coffee and some chocolate!

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam is available now – you can take a look inside below, or order the book online here.

Previously in the series: Helen Peters, Caryl Hart, Elys Dolan, G. R. Gemin, Olivia Tuffin, Benji Davies, Simon Puttock