Author: JT

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    Tower Hamlets Creative Writing Competition 2022

    Phew. Well my self-penned picture book is still requiring more revision and The Squeeping Catterwhip is still awaiting publication, and now’s my traditional December deadline for the creative writing poster. […]

  • Half a competition is better than none?

    I expected to see more discussions on the SCBWI social media pages in regards to why the illustration category of Undiscovered Voices was dropped. In fact, I at least expected […]

  • That nagging self-doubt

    The worst thing about subbing to agents ISN’T the rejection letters. It’s looking at the talent already on the books and thinking “my work is nowhere as good as that”. […]

  • New proof of Inn From the Cold

    Inn From the Cold is set in the far north during winter, so aside from the snow, moon and lamplight was originally very dark. The first proof was almost unreadable […]

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    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 […]

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    Catterwhip : director’s commentary!

    Commentary and art for verses one to eight!

  • First proof copy of the Catterwhip!

    Incredible! The proof copy of The Squeeping Catterwhip has landed, and now it’s just a case of adjusting the colour and brightness of a few pages that are just too […]

  • Preview of the cover art for The Squeeping Catterwhip

    The Catterwhip

    The front cover image of the Catterwhip is an edited version of the character reveal from the book. I removed the loaf of blapper and the Wishangrope. The Catterwhip is […]

  • 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 […]

  • Timetabling!

    As work on The Squeeping Catterwhip comes to a close (and I’m looking forward to actually posting the completed art here!), I’ve been bitten by the book-illustrating bug once more […]

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    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 […]

  • Pixel art = virtual lego

    Yeah, so I hadn’t expected this to be dead easy, but I hadn’t realised just how many new assets I’d need to draw from scratch for my pixel Nevermoor! Here’s […]

  • Making a videogame

    Okay, so this won’t be the first game I’ve started making (or even the 5th). I’ve been playing around with GameMaker studio for years, and did actually complete a game […]

  • Returning to pixel art

    I can’t wait to be able to properly post the competed work from “The Squeeping Catterwhip” – a poem that I’m currently illustrating. The finishing touches are being added, as […]

  • 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 […]

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    ‘I am not alone’

    Another creative writing competition! When I planned this one last August, I honestly hadn’t anticipated our glorious government being quite so incompetent as to take us back to square one […]

  • Revisiting and revising

    Not being able to visit friends and relatives, I’ve instead been revisiting some of my art from last year and quickly changing it’s status to ‘pending review’. Most of it […]

  • Happy New Year!

  • Morrigan Crow watching a demonstration of the Wundrous power, 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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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…

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    Mr Wolf

    Jocasta again, this time at a pivotal moment in the story…

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    Lady Kraken

    Another illustration from Malamander. The reclusive Lady Kraken using her Cameraluna to spy on the town of Eerie-on-Sea.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    Poor kitchen cat

    Another tragic death in the Crow family. Morrigan didn’t kill Kitchen Cat, not that this fact stopped everyone blaming her.

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    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 […]

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    Jupiter North

    Jupiter North introduces himself at Crow Manor, after giving suitable warning as to his outstanding gingerness.    

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    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 […]

  • Fenestra in doorway with Morrigan Crow and Jupiter North

    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.

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    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 […]

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    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. […]

  • Not quite ‘doing a Thanos’

    Hasn’t Thanos worked his way into the public consciousness recently? His callous wiping out of a seemingly random 50% seems to have resonated with us in these uncertain times – […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

  • Teacher’s book blog

    A big part of my work with the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Services is recommending and evaluating books. My colleague started a teachers’ reading group a year or so ago, […]

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    The origins of Snoke?

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    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 […]

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    Dustwalker

    Partly inspired by Dune, and partly by wanting to draw a desert scene.

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    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.

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    Bowed but not broken

    Worn out by too many battles and hopeless quests…

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

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    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.

  • 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!).

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    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 […]