Children’s books

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Burn brightly 2

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

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    Mr Wolf

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

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    Jupiter North

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

  • 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.

  • 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: 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.

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Bowed but not broken

    Bowed but not broken

    Worn out by too many battles and hopeless quests…

  • 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.

  • 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!).

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    The Green Knight invites himself to Arthur’s new year’s feast.

  • 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 […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Arthur

    Arthur

    I’m in two minds whether this is the onset of winter, or a bleak spring at the beginning of Arthur’s tale. The great thing about silhouettes is that it’s so […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Merlin and Nimue

    Merlin and Nimue

      Fairly bleak autumnal overtones going on here, though it’s about this time that Nimue betrays the wizard. The mist reminds me of the design of ‘Drawing Excalibur’ with the […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Yellow king

    Yellow king

    Not intended to be the The King in Yellow – I’m working my way through the colour wheel in Rebelle3 and reached the yellow palette. My original intention with the […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Uther

    Uther

    High King Uther, in his prime, but close to his fall. This was another digital sketch that inspired me to create another series of portraits from the Arthurian saga.

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Howl’s Moving Castle

    Howl’s Moving Castle

    Binding design for Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, for the House of illustration Competition 2019. This was my third concept for the castle – I wanted it to […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Flowers in the waste

    Flowers in the waste

    He swung out an arm and his black sleeve disturbed several hundred blue butterflies feasting on a bush of yellow roses. Howl’s Moving Castle. House of Illustration competition 2019

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Magical combat

    Magical combat

    But almost as Michael and Sophie arrived, the clot of magic took on the shape of a misty bundle of fighting snakes. Howl’s Moving Castle. House of Illustration competition 2019. […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Catching a falling star

    Catching a falling star

    The bright shape was coming down slowly now, and it looked as if Michael might catch it. Howl’s Moving Castle. For the House of illustration competition 2019. Of all of […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Holding Wunder

    Holding Wunder

      “Morrigan felt panic creep in. it had all felt so right, just a moment ago. She was holding Wunder in the palms of her hands, as if she was […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The hunt and the bonesmen

    The hunt and the bonesmen

      “The huntsman waited, perfectly still, hand outstretched. Not a threat. Not a command. An invitation.” From Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend Photoshop and Rebelle 3 I keep on having to […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Wundercats!

    Wundercats!

    “He leapt from her arms a yowling cub. But by the time he had landed on the ground he was a towering, terrifying beast, grown strong on Morrigan’s own uncontainable […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The Hobbit : Smaug

    The Hobbit : Smaug

    My design for the front cover of The Hobbit. I’ve re-used Smaug’s wings for Arthur’s cloak in another drawing – for this piece I wanted something that was both decorative […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The Hobbit : Gollum

    The Hobbit : Gollum

    Gollum was my choice for the rear cover design for the Hobbit, though I may shrink him down a little to allow for more blurb space! The sepia paper allowed […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The Hobbit : Beorn

    The Hobbit : Beorn

    Working in pencils (on what turned out to not be the best choice of paper), Beorn was my second choice of a subject for my Hobbit drawings that I wanted […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Tristan and Iseult

    Tristan and Iseult

    The classic Arthurian tragedy, though not originally part of the saga. I wanted this to be anunpleasant, tragic romance, but not brutally explicit, even though our hero is about to […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Crow’s Dinner

    Crow’s Dinner

    Crow’s Dinner is a short story written for my daughter by my Dad that I’ve illustrated. It’s a rather grim tale with a lot of humour – rather like a […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Jim Hawkins and Israel Hands

    Jim Hawkins and Israel Hands

    Another memorable scene in the book and an obvious choice to illustrate – I’m not sure if this scene would be allowed in a modern children’s book, even if Jim […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Blind Pew

    Blind Pew

    Blind Pew always left an impression on me – as a villain, he’s a brilliant and quite understated character and probable the nastiest character in the book. I’ve edited this […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Treasure hunting

    Treasure hunting

    I hadn’t done a ‘framed’ piece for a while and this seemed a good opportunity seeing as I couldn’t get Flint’s skeelton marker quite right.

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Meeting Long John Silver

    Meeting Long John Silver

    An experiment in a character-driven piece rather than an action scene, as well as allowing me to play with creating distance using smoke and creating depth with height – it’s […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Abandoning the Hispaniola

    Abandoning the Hispaniola

    I bought a pad of sepia paper on a whim and decided to use it to add an extra layer to my silhouette work. Thebrown seemed to suit ‘Treasure Island’ […]