Monday, 19 November 2012

I have been asked to be part of this wonderful project called 'Bear with me'. It is a travelling sketchbook with some of the best Children's Book illustrators around. Each artist (full list below) has one week to design and create their spread before popping the book back in the post to the next recipient. All proceeds go the GOSH.(Great Ormond Street Hospital)

Please check it out via the links below where you will be able to see sneak peeks of the book as it travels:

Catherine Rayner
Lydia Monks
Neal layton
Jonny Duddle
Emma Chichester Clark

Kate Hindley
Kimberley Scott
Sarah Horne
Mike Byrne
Benji Davies
Leigh Hodgkinson
Steven Lenton
Ben Mantle
Sam McCullen
Christine Pym
Jason Ruddy
Chris Haughton
Clive McFarland
Sam Usher
Katharine McEwen
Alex T Smith
Gemma Correll
Mark Chambers
Catherine McDaid
Jim Field
Holly Surplice
Mark Beech
Sarah Warburton
David Roberts
Matt Robertson

The book, just before it is sent to Leigh Hodgkinson

A glimpse at Emma Chichester Clark's spread.

A snippet of Sarah Warburton's spread.

A peek at Catherine Rayner's spread.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Thursday, 11 October 2012

I've been painting! YAY! I don't know why, but I always come back to crocodiles and elephants...
Both were painted in watercolour and adjusted digitally.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

OUT NOW - 'Callum's Incredible Construction Kit'

My latest book 'Callum's Incredible Construction Kit' written by Jonathan Emmett has been published this week! Yay! Here is a spread from the book, showing Callum riding his T-rex he has built from his kit.
See more on my website.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

'Callum's Incredible Construction Kit'

Here's a video by the very talented author Jonathan Emmett, with a little preview of 'Callum's Incredible Construction Kit' which I had the privilege to illustrate. Published in September 2012.

'The Bomb'

Here's the digital version of a screenprint I am working on at the moment. I will post up the printed version soon...

Friday, 22 June 2012

'One Sheep, Blue sheep'

Some copies of my new book 'One Sheep, Blue sheep' just arrived in the post. Here's a sneaky peek...

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Screen print sketch

I'm currently doing a screen printing course in Brighton and this is an intial sketch for a 3 colour print.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Bigger Digger

'Bigger Digger' Out today! written by Steve Webb and Illustrated by me.
Below you can see some roughs for the Front cover and the final version that went to print.

Out today is my

Friday, 23 March 2012

Drawing board customisation

So, I've wanted a bigger light-box for some time so that I can trace larger images to paint them on thick watercolour/fabriano paper and I thought that it would be really good to turn my existing drawing board into a Light-box, which I will be able to adjust. I'm going to document how I did this, just in case any of you think it is a good idea. Below you can see my old classic drawing board.

Phase one of the project was to remove the drawing board top and replace it with a sheet of clear acrylic which is 20mm thick. It is actually bigger than my drawing board so I had to lose the parallel motion (slider that moves up and down) but I don't use this anyway. The photo below shows the drawing board with the new translucent acrylic top, which hads been screwed onto the legs using their existing screw holes. We also used the handle of the parallel motion slider as a little ledge at the bottom to keep pencils in and stop sketch books falling off.

I then covered the acrylic in frosted window film, with the help of someone else as its a pretty tricky job. I bought a clamp on energy saving lamp so that it does not get too hot, and there you have it, a lightbox drawing board. I may at some point, get another lamp that I can clamp to the other leg so that the light area is bigger, but at the moment it is fine for me.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Old MacDonald Farm

I have been raiding my sketch books and found these early Farmer sketches I did for 'Old MacDonald Farm' Children's Book I did a few years ago.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Friday, 16 March 2012

'One Sheep, Blue sheep'

A few Sheep designs for an upcoming book Called 'One Sheep, Blue sheep' published by Scholastic. The final design was a sort of amalgamation of all three.

Frogs galore

Some Froggy sketches for Children's Book 'Hippity Hoppity Splash' for Usborne. We went for the bottom right one in the end and you can see him in the final book on my website.

Teen fiction pitch

Some concepts for the main character for a pre-teen fiction book cover.

Callum's Incredible Construction Kit

Here's some early sketches for Callum's Incredible Construction Kit, a Children's book that will be coming out later this Year.

Cadbury's Furry Tales

Here's a few images from a pitch for Cadbury that I did a while back. It all went very well and I ended up illustrating 3 interactive books, with plenty of games and activities to keep any kid and parent happy. You can see the final product on my website...

Aliens vs Trolls vs Dinosaurs

Some concept sketches for various characters for a book

Pirates Ahoy!

Ahoy there! Here be some pirate sketches for a book. These were never included in the end as the spread concept was changed.