Thursday, November 13, 2014

"Python Adventure"






Written by Anthony McGowan, published by Puffin - I had a fantastic time illustrating this series! Loved the stories, loved the characters :)

The Caves






My favourite sequence from "The Caves", a series of six written by Benjamin Hulme-Cross and published by A & C Black. It's a dystopian near-future TV show where rightly or wrongly convicted teens are dumped into a cave network and some form of terrible cyborg predator is set loose on them.




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

Moonfleet


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.