Sojo News: The Magical Mythical Creature Workshop

I am delighted to be part of a week long event called ‘The Unbelievable Board Game!’  at The BRITE Centre, Leicester.  Ages 8+ will work with arts professionals throughout the week to create a life sized board game with many challenges, twists and mythical characters that will scare the wits out of parents and family who will be invited to play the UNBELIEVABLE BOARD GAME on the Saturday at 1pm.

On Wednesday 20th August you can join me, Sophie Johnson-Hill, for ‘The Magical Mythical Creature Workshop’  we will be discovering a host of magical mystical creatures, creating puppets and leaning how to manipulate them…All in one day!

Find the event on Facebook.


Thunk of the Day

Little girl character, created by a 4 year old.

I am very excited to share the very first ‘Thunk of the Day’.

This is the first in a series of very short animations featuring the  thoughts, voices and artwork of young children in Nottingham animated by Sophie Johnson-Hill for Sojo Animation.

I told my child about the children living in Gaza and this was her reaction.

While reading  ‘Horrible Histories’ with my children yesterday, my son said how lucky we are that the world isn’t like that anymore.

I told my kids that sadly the world is just as scary and horrible in some places. Without going into any details I told them about the many children who are suffering in Gaza, right now.

We spoke for a while about the unfairness of it all and then it was seemingly forgotten as the day continued as normal.

This morning my little girl asked me if she could draw something in my book.
She asked me how to spell ‘children’ and then ‘Gaza’. I asked her what she was doing and these were her exact words..

“I’m sending love to children in Gaza.”

Dear Children in Gaza,  I want to send you my love.

A letter from a little girl to the children in Gaza

If the world was run by children it would be a beautiful place.

From 2D Charlie to 3D puppet Charlie.

So here’s charlie as a 2D line drawing…
charlie animation set up0003

Lovely, isn’t he?

Well I’ve been busy working on a lovely 3D puppet version of Charlie and all though he’s not quite finished I’m a little too excited, not to share…


Still missing a few bits and bobs, but he’s pretty lovely too, isn’t he?!

I had to let my 5 year old give him a quick check (Grandma stepped in as puppeteer here).

“He’s a lovely little fella.” Her words, not mine.

I will be sharing a link following the whole making process soon, for anyone who’s interested in such matters 🙂

Charlie meets some amazing characters, created by children


Here it is!  Charlie’s journey, packed with all of the fantastic characters that you created during the Sojo Workshop @ Nottingham Children’s Book Festival.

I will be announcing which character has been chosen to appear in the January 2014 production of ‘Charlie and the Cotton Wool Coat’, in a few weeks time.  Goodness knows how they’ll ever decide!

Sojo Animation ‘Character development’ workshop @ Nottingham Children’s Book Festival

On Saturday I had the pleasure of running a Sojo character development workshop for the Nottingham Children’s Book Festival ‘Tales from the Riverbank’.

I am now a very busy lady, animating all the amazing, new characters I have been introduced to, but I couldn’t resist putting up a few stills from the workshop.

drawing onto acetate

Here the children are drawing, onto acetate, the character that they imagined ‘Charlie’ met (or perhaps didn’t meet) in the woods.

sophie and girl

A quick chat about something brilliant.

the little girl and her bear

The time I met a little girl bear, and her lovely creator.

3 puppeteers

Three puppeteers prepare for their show. You’ll have to wait to see the actual show though 🙂

Join me on my Sojo facebook page, why not?