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  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Inn from the Cold – commentary

    Inn from the Cold – commentary

    Last updated 25/5/22 – I’ll be updating this as I complete each page! Inn from the Cold is one of my self-penned picture books that has been waiting for its […]

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    The Javanese

    The Javanese is actually my favourite of this series. Influenced by decorations in cafes and coffee shops, I had a fun time re-visiting doodle art for the background. Available from […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Noirwegian Forest

    Noirwegian Forest

    The closest I’ve come to an anthropomorphised cat here. I painted a copy of a Norwegian Forest and it fitted the scene perfectly. Available from my etsy store as a […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Singapurrrrrra

    Singapurrrrrra

    The Singapura was the first of the cat paintings I completed. I wanted an unfussy, classic-looking design as I’d decided to at least try for some kind of commercial appeal! […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Bombay

    Bombay

    I think the Bombay was the first of my pun-tastic cat-tastic illustration ideas. I’d been stuck for ideas for another book and was musing over doing a non-fiction cat themed […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Masque of the Red Death

    Masque of the Red Death

    Or is it ‘Mask of the Red Death’? Anyhow, this was my entry for the Folio Society competition. I didn’t make the longlist (again), but it was an interesting project, […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Stone golem

    Stone golem

    The Stone Golem is another illustration for a future compendium of creatures. This was actually part of a 2015 poster for the Tower Hamlets Creative Writing Competition and is one […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Fire elemental

    Fire elemental

    As Inn from the cold is nearly complete, I took some time out to change direction. After our loft extension was finished I was (after many years) finally able to […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: In this, our city

    In this, our city

    Wahey! It’s done! This has been my project for the last few weeks. I’ve always loved drawing cities and I stupidly thought that this would be a pushover. Instead, I […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Covid and the Catterwhip

    Covid and the Catterwhip

    Of all the art from this book, I think the creation of this one will stay the longest in my memory. I vividly remember drawing this on the sofa, Huion […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Catterwhip : director’s commentary!

    Catterwhip : director’s commentary!

    Commentary and art for verses one to eight!

  • Preview of the cover art for The Squeeping Catterwhip

    The Catterwhip – available now!

    The Squeeping Catterwhip by Michael H Lester and illustrated by myself is now available to buy from Amazon! [associated_posts] Related posts:Covid and the CatterwhipCatterwhip : director's commentary!Bookends

  • Opening spread for The Squeeping Catterwhip

    Bookends

    These were the first two illustrations I completed for ‘The Squeeping Catterwhip’ – a commission from poet Michael H Lester. The sunrise painting was my initial reaction to the opening […]

  • Nevermoor influenced Pixel Art : Burn Brightly

    Burn brightly 2

    My latest addition to the growing bank of assets for my pixel art Nevermoor. I feel I’m definitely getting the hang of stippling and shading now. I’ve been meaning to […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Nevermoor characters

    Nevermoor characters

    Nevermoor is the first pixel art project I’ve worked on that I haven’t been able to use any existing character assets from other posters, at least without significant editing. Next […]

  • 2000 AD character : Deadlock

    Deadlock

      It’s been years since I’ve drawn this guy. In 2000 (with my first computer) I made an animation based on the Henry Flint-drawn Deadlock story in 2000AD. It didn’t […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The art of inferno

    The art of inferno

    This is a scene from Hollowpox – the third book in the series – where Morrigan meets a wundersmith from the past. By this point I’d decided that Wunder manifests […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: A Ghostly Hour…

    A Ghostly Hour…

    Whilst I’m really enjoying Hollowpox, as I’m doing these largely for Instagram, I’m finding it tricky to choose scenes that are fairly ambiguous and don’t spoil things. That said the […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Burn Brightly

    Burn Brightly

    A quick drawing that turned into one of my most liked Instagram posts! This one is Morrigan opening the mysterious door in her room… [associated_posts] Related posts:Nevermoor charactersThe art of […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Mr Wolf

    Mr Wolf

    Jocasta again, this time at a pivotal moment in the story… [associated_posts] Related posts:Stone golemFire elementalDeadlockOn a hidden islandThe trickster in the treeDustwalkerMermaidCity leviathanShadowtoothKnightNimueWinter templeThe Phoenix and the witchLilithAt the […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Lady Kraken

    Lady Kraken

    Another illustration from Malamander. The reclusive Lady Kraken using her Cameraluna to spy on the town of Eerie-on-Sea.   Related posts:A Ghostly Hour...Boathook ManShe was aliveStep boldly!Poor kitchen catThe arachnipodJupiter […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Boathook Man

    Boathook Man

    The Boathook Man from Malamander by Thomas Taylor. I posted this on Instagram and got a thumbs up from the author which was great.   Related posts:A Ghostly Hour...Lady KrakenShe […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: She was alive

    She was alive

    Morrigan Crow following her leap from the Deucalion roof. Still in progress – my initial draft is below. I really wanted to capture the early morning light and the warmth […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Step boldly!

    Step boldly!

    A work in progress, as on the dawn of the new age, guests at the Hotel Deucalion leap from the roof, umbrellas in hand. [associated_posts] Related posts:Nevermoor charactersThe art of […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Poor kitchen cat

    Poor kitchen cat

    Another tragic death in the Crow family. Morrigan didn’t kill Kitchen Cat, not that this fact stopped everyone blaming her. [associated_posts] Related posts:Nevermoor charactersThe art of infernoA Ghostly Hour...Burn BrightlyLady […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The arachnipod

    The arachnipod

    Bluffing their way into the free state. This scene gave me an opportunity to properly draw the arachnipod. I’m currently taking advantage of the Covid19 lockdown to illustrate the whole […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Jupiter North

    Jupiter North

    Jupiter North introduces himself at Crow Manor, after giving suitable warning as to his outstanding gingerness. [associated_posts]     Related posts:Nevermoor charactersThe art of infernoA Ghostly Hour...Burn BrightlyLady KrakenBoathook ManShe […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The chase trial

    The chase trial

    Morrigan rides Fenestra in the chase trial, and Cadence takes a tumble… I’m going to continue working with limited colours on these scenes – my choice for this one was […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: What time do you call this?

    What time do you call this?

        One of my favourite scenes from Nevermoor – when Morrigan first arrives at the Hotel Deucalion and is greeted by Fenestra the magnificat. Related posts:Nevermoor charactersThe art of […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Morrigan and the Wundersmith

    Morrigan and the Wundersmith

    My earlier take on this scene was ‘Confronting the Hunt’ (link below). I’ve been playing around with styles and this is my second Krita drawing on my new (old) EliteBook […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Shadow puppets

    Shadow puppets

    “I’m… gonna make…” Hawthorne said, his tongue sticking out the side of his mouth as he bent his fingers into a complicated, unrecognisable shape, “…a dragon.” Another illustration from Nevermoor, […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Morrigan and Corvus

    Morrigan and Corvus

    I decided to return to Nevermoor (or Jackalfax in this case) as a break from my poetry-illustrating gig. I also wanted to have a shot at a different illustration technique. […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: On a hidden island

    On a hidden island

    A sneak preview of the artwork for the 2020 Tower Hamlets Creative Writing Competition that will be used as a poster design and book cover. It started as a Chris […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The sword in the stone

    The sword in the stone

    I should stop referring to this sword as ‘Excalibur’ as the majority of the re-tellings feature Arthur breaking this sword in his fight with Pellinore and later recieves Excalibur from […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Find that sword!

    Find that sword!

    This was one of a pair for another SCBWI competition. I didn’t win but I enjoyed revisiting Arthur’s Britain for a little while. This was designed as a double-page spread […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The trickster in the tree

    The trickster in the tree

    I seem to be inventing a fantasy world that I should give a name to so that I can properly link all of the illustrations. I’m discovering that trees can […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Dustwalker

    Dustwalker

    Partly inspired by Dune, and partly by wanting to draw a desert scene. [associated_posts] Related posts:Stone golemFire elementalDeadlockA Ghostly Hour...Mr WolfLady KrakenBoathook ManShe was aliveStep boldly!Poor kitchen catThe arachnipodJupiter NorthThe […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Mermaid

    Mermaid

      I’m not sure why I got the inspiration to draw mermaids – I was doodling before a training session at work and found myself drawing tails on characters. [associated_posts] […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Bowed but not broken

    Bowed but not broken

    Worn out by too many battles and hopeless quests… [associated_posts] Related posts:The sword in the stoneFind that sword!MermaidThe Green KnightMerlin imprisonedKing Pellinore and ArthurField of battleInto battle (colour)The Sword in […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: City leviathan

    City leviathan

    I’m not entirely sure what to call this creature. I’d imagined it to be a bit like Philip Reeve’s traction cities, just as giant monsters. [associated_posts] Related posts:Stone golemFire elementalDeadlockA […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Shadowtooth

    Shadowtooth

    I fancied a change, so I went back to monsters – I may have been inspired by the cats I was drawing. I’m not feeling that my kids illustration is […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Morrigan and the Baz Charlton Five

    Morrigan and the Baz Charlton Five

    Morrigan finds that life in the Wundrous Society isn’t all fun and games, facing off against bullies. With throwing stars. [associated_posts] Related posts:Nevermoor charactersThe art of infernoA Ghostly Hour...Burn BrightlyLady […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Sunrise over Nevermoor

    Sunrise over Nevermoor

    I decided to draw this after the launch party for the paperback of ‘Wundersmith’ by Jess Townsend (thank you Hachette Children’s books for the invite!). [associated_posts] Related posts:Nevermoor charactersThe art […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Cat fight

    Cat fight

    A return to Nilanjana Roy’s ‘The Wildings’. The author very kindly sent me some source material to base illustrations on after seeing my original sketch. I started by drawing some […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    The Green Knight invites himself to Arthur’s new year’s feast. [associated_posts] Related posts:The sword in the stoneFind that sword!MermaidBowed but not brokenMerlin imprisonedKing Pellinore and ArthurField of battleInto battle (colour)The […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Merlin imprisoned

    Merlin imprisoned

    This was a return to a more symbolic piece rather than a literal scene similar to the ones I’ve been working on recently. I decided to have Nimue rather than […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: King Pellinore and Arthur

    King Pellinore and Arthur

    Arthur is given a much-needed lesson in humility by King Pellinore. This was quite a tricky composition – I had considered drawing them mid fight with Arthur’s sword breaking, but […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Field of battle

    Field of battle

    I had intended to take a break from the Arthurian drawings, but here we are again. I think I’ll just keep going while I’m feeling inspired. I imagined this as […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Into battle (colour)

    Into battle (colour)

    A colour re-working of an earlier silhouette piece in the style of my digital watercolours using Rebelle3. This composition translated well – I’m not sure how some of the more […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The Sword in the Stone

    The Sword in the Stone

    “No one shall wield Excalibur… But me.” The scene from Boorman’s Excalibur where Uther – wounded and dying – thrusts the sword into the stone is a memorable one. I […]