Tap is a children’s book which I have written and illustrated. The book is all about a little woodpecker, named Tap, who wants nothing more than to sing with the other birds. But, Tap is a little different to the rest of the birds, and must learn how to accept the things that make him unique.
I hope for the book to encourage and celebrate difference and individuality in a colourful way.
The inspiration actually came from another children’s book I had illustrated (called Nature’s Nasties) I had sent off my initial character designs, most of which were accepted. But myself, the author and the publisher decided that one of my character designs needed entirely revising so he would fit more synonymously with the other characters. Months later, whilst I was looking through my sketchbook, I rediscovered my first character design of a little woodpecker. I was so fond of him, and felt like he deserved his own little story. The story line all developed from the fact that he was a little different, and I just decided to run with it from there.