Tag: Black & White

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Cyber Tiger!

    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 Fighting Fantasy style game book that I’m writing, […]

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    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 don’t want to add spoilers here. By this […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Escaping the hunt

    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 sounds good. This is the black and white […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The Hunt of Smoke and Shadow

    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 Smoke and Shadow is a persistent threat throughout […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Airship

    Airship

    I followed up the Northern Lights drawings with this digital piece. Based on the airships in the story, I wanted an excuse to see whether I could replicate the style […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Drawing Excalibur

    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 final. I’d stumbled into this style by chance, […]

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    Camlann

    I completed two pictures from the Arthurian legends for Undiscovered Voices 2018, and this was the companion piece to my competition entry. I’d visualised the book travelling through the seasons […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Edmund and the White Witch

    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 my favourite of all of the Narnia books. […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Lyra

    Lyra

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

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Iorek Byrnison

    Iorek Byrnison

    An evening holiday drawing that earned enough good feedback to make it into my portfolio. I got some praise for the pen work at a recent review – enough to […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Toad hog!

    Toad hog!

    My second Wind in the Willows piece. As well as captuing the action, I also wanted enough static detail to expand on the story – in this case, the relics […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: At the bonfire

    At the bonfire

    Another dark fantasy piece. This one was directly inspired by the Dark Souls series of videogames – itself inspired by the Fighting Fantasy books. I was particularly interested in capturing […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Brigand

    Brigand

    My monster illustrations were a trip back to my childhood spent reading Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone’s ‘Fighting Fantasy’ series. The silhouette style seemed to lend itself to the European […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Red Riding Hood sets out

    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 started my whole ‘silhouette phase’ – a one […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Railhead – The Damask Rose

    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. The sillhouette piece of the Damask Rose was […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Quidditch

    Quidditch

    The last of my Harry Potter images for now. This was another earlier piece that I drew to test out ideas for perspective and dealing with backgrounds – in this […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Perseus and Medusa

    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 watching Medusa’s reflection in his shield, standing amongst […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Expecto Patronum!

    Expecto Patronum!

    I returned to Harry Potter for an action based scene to illustrate. This one gave me the opportunity to play around properly with rendering specific areas light and dark. I […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: History of Magic

    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 rather than an action piece and I wanted […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Theseus and the Minotaur

    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 direction and decided that silhouettes were a good […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Going climbing

    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 and black and white inks. This one was […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Baba Yaga

    Baba Yaga

    One of the last of my Inktober works, I used my ‘Once upon a time’ poster as the jumping off point as I liked the rendering of Baba Yaga on […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Red Riding Hood Revisited

    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 way that the softer brush work lends itself […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The soggy bad wolf

    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 of my ‘unconventional wolf’ designs – I quite […]

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    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 let the dragons bite and also my Once […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Troll

    Troll

    Edited to add colour. Trolls and ogres are some of the most varied fantasy creatures in terms of artists’ and writers’ interpretations. Green skin or not green skin? Dumb as […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Red Riding Hood

    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 wolf is deliberately scrawny – it’s been lean […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Let’s dance

    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 since it’s drawn on paper unsuited to watercolour. […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Broomsticks are so middle-ages

    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 work, I thought that I’d at least be […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Bringing down the moon

    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 project that I’ve always wanted to work on, […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Wraith

    Wraith

    The idea for this wraith came from the description of the spirit stalker from the old Fighting Fantasy series – a breed of greater undead. I like the idea of […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Orc soldier

    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 draw the creatures that I used to doodle […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Orc chief

    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 of orcs with swine, and I love the […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Lizardman

    Lizardman

    I’ve always felt sorry for the lizardman in the fantasy genre as they always seem to be overlooked, despite being used to great effect in the Titan series by Steve […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Goblin Ballista

    Goblin Ballista

    A non-character based fantasy piece, this was to illustrate goblin technology which I feel is criminally underrated by some scholars.

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Goblin Archer

    Goblin Archer

    Traditional design of a goblin soldier

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Goblin Shaman

    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 them. I’m veering towards the Steve Jackson/ Ian […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Iron Cat

    Iron Cat

    I only had a couple of short sessions at John Scurr primary school and most of the workshop was drawing improvised picture book illustrations for an on-the-spot creative writing activity. […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Nephilim

    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.

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Paladin

    Paladin

    I’d finished reading Game of Thrones when I started work on this with a mind to produce a series of collaged fantasy images. They eventually worked their way into the […]