Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Bear Adventure


Written by Anthony MacGowan; Published by Puffin

Not long out, this one - another cracking read I've had the pleasure of putting pictures to!

In A Glass Grimmly

The sequel, of sorts, to A Tale Dark and Grimm, a great debut - this one, for me, trumps it.

Published by Andersen Press.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Dark Hunter - The Stone Witch

Written by Benjamin Hulme-Cross; published by A&C Black.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

1950s Monsters

Rediscovered in a cobweb coated corner of my hard drive this morning. 'Always really liked this sketch. I had half a mind at the time to expand it into a riotous street scene full of rampaging teddy monsters and beastly beehives.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Covert art for Oxford University Press, with gorgeous design by Sarah Darby. 'Can't wait to see this classy spine on my bookshelf...

(Given the smuggling theme I'm going to pretend the typo on "covert art" was deliberate!)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Aborted Book Cover

Hey up, just dug this out of the archive. Was invited by Orchard Books to pitch for a cover last year - it didn't go any further than the above rough, but I've still got a soft spot for it.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

"Dark Hunter" Preview Pics

Wow, has the best part of half a year really gone by since the last post..?

It's not that there hasn't been new work to show - I've been churning out stuff left right and centre - it's more a case of having been moving so quickly from job to job that I fall out of love with each set of illustrations within days of completing them. They've all been decent enough sure, but, you know.

Things feel a little more promising with my current commission. Some techniques I'd been playing about with separately over the last couple of years seem to have landed together in such a way that I suddenly feel I've got almost complete control over the process - which in turn has allowed me to loosen up and just let it all happen.

It suddenly feels utterly effortless, at any rate. The fact that I've finally decided that reality's a bit rubbish and that stylising the crap out of everything is much more fun than trying to draw it "properly" has also helped. And yes, the presence of giant spiders, werewolves and lots of other horrible monsters can't have hurt.

God, after all this wide-eyed waffle I'd better still like these illustrations in a week's time...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Zombies Attack

A sample piece from a few months back, for Oxford University Press. Happy to say it landed me the job proper - a hefty full colour undead extravaganza, which I'm just finishing off now. Will post a few highlights later in the year.

Monsters, Zombies, Vampires and More

Cover for a big fat book of monsters, published by Parragon. It won't look like this on the shelves, mind you, what with it having a die-cut cover, out of which the beasties will peep.

A few of the characters needed to be kept consistent with existing illustrations within the book (Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Witch, the Werewolf and Godzilla), so I put my own spin on them, and designed the rest from scratch. Working from other illustrators' designs is always an eye opener, you feel like you're getting a glimpse of how the world looks from within someone else's diseased head (as opposed to from within your own diseased head).

Out on 27th August, says Amazon. Try not to buy it from the tax-dodging bastards though.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Leopard Adventure


Two of ten interior pics from a relaunch of Willard Price's classic 'Adventure' series...

Adventure, animals and action in the first authorized Willard Price book by award-winning author Anthony McGowan, for 8+ readers.

Deep in the remote forests of Siberia, a mother Amur leopard, one of the rarest big cats in the world, senses danger. Something faster than any human and deadlier than any tiger. 

Meanwhile Amazon Hunt, aged twelve, is recruited from England by Tracks in America, ready to take off at a moment's notice to rescue wild animals under threat - no matter how great the danger.

Now Amazon and her thirteen-year-old cousin Frazer must brave the Russian wilderness to save the Amur leopard, before a blazing forest fire wipes out the race - for good . . .

Out on the 5th July - pre-order on Amazon UK.