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New York, New York!

Okay, it’s eBoy influenced, but it’s also got the Flatiron building and the Empire State, and the restaurant from Seinfeld. I really …

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Harry Potter Sketch

I’ve been running in ever decreasing circles since a portfolio review earlier this year which could be summed up as “we like …

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Hogwarts

Oh god, I’m officially a Harry Potter fan artist / tribute artist/ whatever… I put a hold on this piece for a …

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London Calling 2!

I’ve returned to pixel art, at least for the time being, following a portfolio review. And I’ve been working on character sheets, …

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Red Riding Hood

My entry for the Tommie Depaola 2016 award. I wanted Red Riding Hood to have an eastern European look to her. The …

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Let’s dance

A return to Inn from the cold and a change of media. I’m probably going to have to digitally colour this one …

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Broomsticks are so middle-ages

I probably shouldn’t have got my hopes up too high in regards to the SCWBI Undiscovered Voices competition, but of all my …

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Out of Place

Out of Place will be the title of the 2016 Tower Hamlets creative writing competition which we’ll be running with the HEC …

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Bringing down the moon

Scattering is the working title for a series of illustrations exploring magical and mythological creatures inhabiting modern cities. Aside from being a …

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Troll

Trolls and ogres are some of the most varied fantasy creatures in terms of artists’ and writers’ interpretations. Green skin or not …

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Orc soldier

A more conventional orc – this one straight from my ten-year-old self. It’s nice to be able to go back and properly …

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Warlock

The warlock is a spinoff piece from my Once Upon A Time… poster. I used this in a Deviant Art competition but …

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Orc chief

This was my fairly unconventional (by the conservative standards of the genre) take on an orc chief. I’ve always associated the look …

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Lizardman

I’ve always felt sorry for the lizardman in the fantasy genre as they always seem to be overlooks, despite being used to …

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Goblin Ballista

A non-character based fantasy piece, this was to illustrate goblin technology which I feel is criminally underrated by some scholars.

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Goblin Shaman

The goblin shaman was an early drawing for my creature encyclopedia. Goblins are great characters because there’s such a rich background to …

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Steampunk Gunner

This was one of my two entries into a recent Deviant Art competition that inspired my development of a more realistic style. …

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You’re STILL a Pest!

In honour of the imminent (well, fairly imminent) publication of the printed edition of You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp! here’s a sample …

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Task 1: Clean out the pond

Now that Betsy Thumbslurp’s been published it’s time the return to other projects. I’m at least half way through the the art …

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Buy it now!

WARNING! This book is full of YUCKS, GGRRRRAAHHHS and SNNOOSSEEFFUUPPs.(Not to mention a flying hippopotamus!)

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Must Read Booklist 2014

The Must Read posters are the sister set to the Teen Booklist and generally follow the same visual teme. That meant another …

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Hopes and Dreams

Our two heroes discuss future career paths. The two snails are Cassie’s parents getting their just desserts.

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Pixel Library

My pixel art Hogwarts is still ongoing, but this is my latest poster – the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Services in it’s …

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Mini Mega City One

After I posted London Calling on the 2000AD message board, someone suggested a pixel art Mega City One, and here’s the result. …

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Black skies

I wanted at least one opening line that could be worked into sci-fi. This is a bit of a John Wyndham apocalyptic …

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Apples in suitcases

I’m not sure whether any entrants have interpreted the ‘apple’ as an iPhone. I like this design but it’s certainly the most …

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Jumping from windows

Being totally unused to Adobe Illustrator, this was the toughest of the 4 posters given the amount going on, but the crisp …

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Spinning heads and deep holes

This shamelessly riffed on Hitchcock film posters and was one of the earliest designs for this series of posters, it was also …

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Bathtime

This is one of my favourite illustrations in the book. Like Betsy’s Ikea Antelop high chair (cheap and very easy to clean), …

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A well-earned rest

This was the painting that sparked off the story …don’t let the dragons bite. I’d bought the book Goblins of the Labyrinth, and …

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At the gates

PhotoShop colouring work over the original paints completed this illustration. I love the huge goblin guards shivvering in their bobble hats – …

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In the kitchen

The completed kitchen scene with our protagonists playing with their future selves. I’ll keep the colour schemes for their outfits the same …

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Ready to publish…

Janet chose this as the definitive picture of Coco, with her reaction to her newborn sister who supplants her as the centre …

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The villain

Every story needs a villain. Poor Hippo is both villain and victim of this book. There’s supposed to be baked bean sauce …

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Three’s a crowd

Double, Tripple Yucks! Betsy and her beloved Hippopotamus. Coco’s had enough.

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A light and fluffy cake

Birthday cakes aren’t so fluffy after a year on the shelf. The first Betsy Thubslurp story is all about poor Coco missing …

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THe List 2011: Spirit

The final poster in the 2011 series, and the one that didn’t quite survive being turned into CMYK colors.

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THe List 2011: Water

I love this poster. The colours and composition just work. This was the first in the series that I created and it …

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THe List 2011: Fire

Poster 3 in the 2011 series was Fire. The art was a deliberate reversal of composition from Water, but re-used some elements …

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THe List 2011: Air

Poster 2 of the 2011 series was Air. The background is predominantly skyscrapers and other architecture from around Tower Hamlets.

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Baba Yaga

  I remember the chicken-leg house from childhood stories and more recently rediscovered it in Hellboy. It’s one of the most memorable …