Tag: children’s books

  • 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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    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 […]

  • Fenestra in doorway with Morrigan Crow and Jupiter North

    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: On a hidden island

    On a hidden island

    A sneak preview of the artwork for the 2020 Tower Hamlets Creative Writing Competition that will be used as a poster design and book cover. It started as a Chris […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The trickster in the tree

    The trickster in the tree

    I seem to be inventing a fantasy world that I should give a name to so that I can properly link all of the illustrations. I’m discovering that trees can […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Dustwalker

    Dustwalker

    Partly inspired by Dune, and partly by wanting to draw a desert scene.

  • 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: City leviathan

    City leviathan

    I’m not entirely sure what to call this creature. I’d imagined it to be a bit like Philip Reeve’s traction cities, just as giant monsters.

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Shadowtooth

    Shadowtooth

    I fancied a change, so I went back to monsters – I may have been inspired by the cats I was drawing. I’m not feeling that my kids illustration is […]

  • 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: Cat fight

    Cat fight

    A return to Nilanjana Roy’s ‘The Wildings’. The author very kindly sent me some source material to base illustrations on after seeing my original sketch. I started by drawing some […]

  • 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: 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: Riding the Brolly Rail

    Riding the Brolly Rail

    This is my first colour illustration based on The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend – the second Nevermoor novel. It’s also my first outing with Rebelle 3 – […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Winter temple

    Winter temple

    My new year’s resolution is to bring some more colour to my work. I’ve found that just adding colour to my black and white drawings really doesn’t work and so […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Morrigan Crow (and brolly)

    Morrigan Crow (and brolly)

    A quick drawing inspired by Wundersmith  – the second Morrigan Crow book by Jessica Townsend which I was given for Christmas. It’s nice to see that it’s been given a […]

  • 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: 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’ […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The Hobbit. Journey to Rivendell

    The Hobbit. Journey to Rivendell

    I’ve just moved back to colour pencils and it’s been one of those “where have you been all my life?!” moments. When I studied art, colour pencils were never really […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: Confronting the hunt

    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: Hotel Deucalion

    Hotel Deucalion

    One of my illustrations inspired by Nevermoor : The trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. I completed a couple of silhouette illustrations of the Hunt of Smoke and shadow,  […]

  • Thumbnail for the post titled: The stone table breaks

    The stone table breaks

    My second Narnia piece and another painted silhouette. I’ve toned down the bright yellow in the sky and I’m glad that the white sun makes it more sunrise than sunset. […]

  • 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 […]