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Cyber Tiger!

I’m going to work into this some more, probably with brush and ink. It’s intended as an enemy encounter illustration for a …

Confronting the hunt

The last of my Hunt of Smoke and Shadow series, this is an illustration from the closing chapters of Nevermoor and I …

Escaping the hunt

What do you need most in an emergency? How about a giant clockwork spider powered by magic to escape in? Yep, that …

The Hunt of Smoke and Shadow

Nevermoor : The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend has been a recent source of inspiration for me. The Hunt of …

Airship

I followed up the Northern Lights drawings with this digital piece. Based on the airships in the story, I wanted an excuse …

Drawing Excalibur

I’ll be writing a longer blog post in regards to Undiscovered Voices, but this is the work that got me to the …

Camlann

I completed two pictures from the Arthurian legends for Undiscovered Voices 2018, and this was the companion piece to my competition entry. …

Edmund and the White Witch

Drawn – appropriately – over the Christmas holidays, I’d originally planned to illustrate scenes from Voyage of the Dawn Treader which is …

Lyra

I returned to Northern Lights because it gave me an excuse to try a silhouette and cityscape combination – another experiment at …

Iorek Byrnison

An evening holiday drawing that earned enough good feedback to make it into my portfolio. I got some praise for the pen …

Toad hog!

My second Wind in the Willows piece. As well as captuing the action, I also wanted enough static detail to expand on …

At the bonfire

Another dark fantasy piece. This one was directly inspired by the Dark Souls series of videogames – itself inspired by the Fighting …

Brigand

My monster illustrations were a trip back to my childhood spent reading Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone’s ‘Fighting Fantasy’ series. The silhouette …

Red Riding Hood sets out

My final Red Riding Hood piece for now. This is close in composition (though it has fewer frames) to the drawing that …

Railhead – The Damask Rose

I’m still kicking myself that I met Philip Reeve and completely forgot to bring my copy of Railhead along to get signed. …

Quidditch

The last of my Harry Potter images for now. This was another earlier piece that I drew to test out ideas for …

Perseus and Medusa

Intended as an interior book illustration, my intention with this was to play around with perspective using silhouettes. The scene shows Perseus …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Wraith

The idea for this wraith came from the description of the spirit stalker from the old Fighting Fantasy series – a breed …

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 …

Iron Cat

I only had a couple of short sessions at John Scurr primary school and most of the workshop was drawing improvised picture …

Nephilim

Another charachter sketch from Gnosis. The nephilim is more of a concept than a character but I really like this pen and …

Paladin

I’d finished reading Game of Thrones when I started work on this with a mind to produce a series of collaged fantasy …