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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

First author/ illustrator visit!

Well, the Mighty Thumbslurp has been printed at last! To celebrate this momentous event, Janet and myself have just completed our first afternoon …

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!)

Hopes and Dreams

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

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.

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 …

The continuing adventures of Coco

Just putting the finishing touches on the artwork for “You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp” and I’ve managed to find another dozen things …

Introducing Coco

This is one of the draft illustrations for Janet Noble’s new series of books that I like to think of as comparable …

Into the unknown

The Winter Tower is still may favourite page from …don’t let the dragons bite. It was my second try at this scene …