Expecto Patronum!

I returned to Harry Potter for an action based scene to illustrate. This one gave me the opportunity to play around properly …

History of Magic

Another silhouette piece and an illustration from Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. I chose this scene because it’s character based …

Theseus and the Minotaur

Preparing for the 2017/18 Undiscovered Voices Competition (yes, I’m giving it another go), I decided to move my work in a new …

Going climbing

As well as my myths and legends illustrations, I also had a go at drawing some other children’s book scenes with brush …

Baba Yaga

One of the last of my Inktober works, I used my ‘Once upon a time’ poster as the jumping off point as …

Little Red and the wolf

My final Red Riding Hood ink drawing for the time being. This was my experiment with coloured inks that I’d forgotten I’d …

Red Riding Hood Revisited

I revisited the Red Riding Hood story after completing my previous pen and ink drawing from the story. I much prefer the …

The soggy bad wolf

I was inspired by ‘Inktober’ last year, and started to work on a series of brush and ink illustrations. This was one …

Witch

One of my Inktober fairytale sketches. I was exploring ways of adapting the style that I’d been playing around with for …don’t …

Hogwarts

Now for sale on Etsy! Oh god, I’m officially a Harry Potter fan artist / tribute artist/ whatever… I put a hold …

New York, New York!

Now for sale on Etsy! Okay, it’s eBoy influenced, but it’s also got the Flatiron building and the Empire State, and the …

London Calling 2!

Now for sale on Etsy! I’ve returned to pixel art, at least for the time being, following a portfolio review. And I’ve …

2017 Booklists

I’m not sure where the geometric idea came from – probably just the requirement to differentiate the lists as much as possible …

2016 Booklists

These designs ended up looking really striking and allowed for the covers to be a decent size. The tidy design made them …

This is My Dream

This is My Dream is the 2017 Tower Hamlets Creative Writing Competition, and our first to get Arts Council funding (thanks to …

Troll

Edited to add colour. Trolls and ogres are some of the most varied fantasy creatures in terms of artists’ and writers’ interpretations. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Lizardman

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

Goblin Ballista

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

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 …

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 …

Task 1: Clean out the pond

You know what it’s like when you get to spring. The garden needs weeding, the lawn’s a patchy mess, the fence needs …

The mighty Thumbslurp!

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

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 …

Hopes and Dreams

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

Pixel Library

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

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Bathtime

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

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 …

At the gates

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

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 …

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 …

Three’s a crowd

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