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    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 of the universe. As well as a key […]

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    THe List 2011: Spirit

    The final poster in the 2011 series, and the one that didn’t quite survive being turned into CMYK colors.

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    THe List 2011: Water

    I love this poster. The colours and composition just work. This was the first in the series that I created and it inspired the whole elemental symbolism of the others. […]

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    THe List 2011: Fire

    Poster 3 in the 2011 series was Fire. The art was a deliberate reversal of composition from Water, but re-used some elements of Air.

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    THe List 2011: Air

    Poster 2 of the 2011 series was Air. The background is predominantly skyscrapers and other architecture from around Tower Hamlets.

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    Nephilim

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

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    Introducing Isabel (or Lilith? or Jocasta?)

    Isabel Heart is the main character from Chasing Mr Wolf, a story I’ve been working on for over 10 years now. Over the years she’s changed, but this is her […]

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    Baba Yaga

      I remember the chicken-leg house from childhood stories and more recently rediscovered it in Hellboy. It’s one of the most memorable images from mythology.

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Reading with your child

    Reading with your child

    Reading with your child was a promotion for local parents encouraging them to make use of public libraries and bookshops.

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The continuing adventures of Coco

    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 that needed drawing. But at least we’re on […]

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    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 to Charlie and Lola before Charlie learned to […]

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    A variety of booklists

    I’ve collected here a selection of the booklist poster sets that I’ve produced since 2010 for schools. The 2010 design was in honour of the eBook project that we’d launched […]

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    Wonder : The launch of the 2013 Tower Hamlets Book Award

    I’d returned to PhotoShop for this poster because I knew I could use it to work up a highly detailed piece fairly quickly. I hadn’t intended it, but some entrants […]

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    Mech sketch

    I spent a pleasant evening working into this sketch again after having abandoned it for about 10 years. I’d got fed up with so many rejection letters that this was […]

  • Poster update: Wonder

    Now it’s getting there. We changed the theme from “Promise” to “Wonder” – it fitted the artwork better, and feedback from schools is that this is a better title, so I’m happy. […]

  • Tower Hamlets Book Award 2011

    This poster was like an aftershock from the 2011 List campaign. There’s also plenty of subliminal detail that’s a direct follow up to Crossing the Line. I’m looking forward to […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: A poster of book covers

    A poster of book covers

    It’s enough of a challenge to create a poster around a single book cover. Taking on the work of over half a dozen artists and turning these wildly different designs […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Crossing the line

    Crossing the line

    The anti-Coalition cutback subtext runs throughout this poster – unsurprising given that many of my colleagues were made redundant during the planning phase. It speaks volumes that I’ve been asked […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Into the unknown

    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 – I’ll post the previous work another time. […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Time, Turmoil, Transformation

    Time, Turmoil, Transformation

    Until I was asked to add the city and the hand this was an ink drawing coloured on Photoshop.

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Love and Hate

    Love and Hate

    This is the original uncensored poster with guns and knives intact. The brief was a contemporary art take on Romeo and Juliet, until a couple of head teachers decided that […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Mirrors, Masks, Secrets

    Mirrors, Masks, Secrets

    Mirrors, Masks, Secrets was the first creative writing competition poster that I worked on, a blend of 3DS Max and Photoshop that had to be completed in one evening after […]