Circus Circus!

I had to produce this image on quite a large scale as it will primarily be used as a giant floor jigsaw puzzle. Parts of the image will also be used on packaging so I to design the image with this in mind, meaning that each of the characters can be cut out and used as separate vignettes. I really enjoyed working on this!

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

This is a development illustration for Usborne Publishing, which they will be using as this years Frankfurt Book fair. Wish I could go but sadly I’m chained to my studio for the foreseeable. il

Dinosaurs
An image taken from a group of character development sketches and colour samples I have been working on recently.

Dinosaurs

An image taken from a group of character development sketches and colour samples I have been working on recently.

3x3 Children’s Professional Show No.9 Winner!
I was delighted to be selected as a winner for this years 3x3 Children’s Illustration Show. A series of 5 of my illustrations from ‘The Wind in the Willows’ were chosen as Merit winners. Though based in the United States the competition is open to illustrators from all around the world and this year there were over 1700 entires from 35 countries! 
Congratulations to a few other illustrators who also belong to ‘The Organisation Illustrators’ group; David Dean who received a Gold award in book covers and Constanze von Kitzing and Carlos Araujo who also gained winning Merits.

3x3 Children’s Professional Show No.9 Winner!

I was delighted to be selected as a winner for this years 3x3 Children’s Illustration Show. A series of 5 of my illustrations from ‘The Wind in the Willows’ were chosen as Merit winners. Though based in the United States the competition is open to illustrators from all around the world and this year there were over 1700 entires from 35 countries!

Congratulations to a few other illustrators who also belong to ‘The Organisation Illustrators’ group; David Dean who received a Gold award in book covers and Constanze von Kitzing and Carlos Araujo who also gained winning Merits.

Easter Party!

Here are a few examples of an Easter Book I have been working on recently. The story follows Lily who, with the help of her friends, learn about the meaning of Easter by finding little colourful eggs that have been hidden throughout her garden.

More photographs of these to follow nearer to the publication date.

One Day!
A couple of bits of artwork from a commission I recently completed for a client in the States. The book follows a dog as he trys to work out who or what made the mysterious footprints in his garden…

One Day!

A couple of bits of artwork from a commission I recently completed for a client in the States. The book follows a dog as he trys to work out who or what made the mysterious footprints in his garden…

Robin Hood’s Bay School Project

I recently spent a couple of days at a great school working with some really talented kids! I was asked by the Head Mistress if I could help the children developed some imagery from their trip to Robin Hoods Bay. We decided to concentrate on the history of smuggling within the village and the bootlegging battle the locals fought with the Excise men. The children managed to produce two large murals using a range of techniques and mark making.

Can you spot the locals hiding the booty throughout the village? Or the brave men, one feeling rather sick, trying to bring in the contraband at night on rather rough seas?!

If you would be interested in me visiting your school then find out more information on my website, where you can contact me. I am fully CRB checked and ready to entertain and educate!

Cinderella.

I recently finished work on my third pop-up book for Templar Publishing which is due to be published later in the year. Here are a few examples of some of the flat artwork from the book, which also features a number of extravagant pop-ups that I helped construct with the designer Andy Mansfield. 

More photographs of these to follow nearer to the publication date.

Marks and Spencer.

Marks and Spencer recently approached me to help them illustrate a biscuit tin which they cleverly designed and built to resemble a Christmas tree cone shape. 

Here are some examples of my design drawings and a few finished colour illustrations. I tried to make the designs decorative and the elements quite bold, it was a lot of fun to work on.

I can’t wait to see how the finish product looks later in the year when its launched around Christmas of 2012 and get my mitts on some delicious biscuits too!

Liberty of London.

To help Liberty with the launch of their new children’s department I was asked to decorate the department walls with my illustrations. You can see some of my original concept designs in my previous post.

This was a fantastic commission to work on, all the illustrations were hand painted onto the walls which took many hours to complete. The designs were based around a forest theme and included special creatures which I developed in my sketchbook.

See more photographs of the work in my next post

Liberty of London. 

Carrying on from my previous post, here are some further examples of the Liberty mural commission. The work spans throughout the department across the walls, the changing room doors and also over drawers. The forest theme original designs contained a few more creatures but I was asked to remove a few of them from the final artwork.

I tried to use pastel colours as I wanted the artwork sit back onto the walls as decoration, not to draw too much focus away from the merchandise. 

I’m happy with how the mural turned out, thanks to the guys at Liberty for letting me loose on their walls!



The children of Mrs Stephenson’s class had been reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame as a literacy assignment. I was asked to pop in for the day to help the children develop some imagery for their project.

I planned a project for the class to create a mural of the Notre-Dame Cathedral, we decided to set the scene at night incorporating the iconic gargoyles, some tiny people and characters from the story. 

It was a really fun day and the children worked really hard to finish their artwork. We used a variety of techniques including chalk drawing, painting and collage. And we discussed how to use scale, perspective, light and atmosphere to help bring a picture to life. I think they did a brilliant job!

I have been working on various commissions for clients based in United States over the last few months. Here are a few examples of the illustrations I’ve been creating digitally with the help of my trusty Mac. Clients included the McGraw-Hill Reading programme and Highlights Magazine.

The Lizard image contains 11 Lizards and 10 L Shapes, can you find them all?

Liberty of London.

I was asked by Liberty to create some designs for a mural which was going to be installed in their new children’s department. Here are some examples of my designs. I’ve been experimenting with using different approaches to create my work over the last year or so and this style was something I have been developing in my sketchbooks.

The style is slightly more graphic and decorative than my usual way of working. So I was delighted to be asked to develop the imagery further and install the mural myself.

Take a look at how the final mural artwork turned out in my later posts.

Giants.

Mrs Lonsdale’s Reception Children had been reading lots of fairy tale stories including Jack and the Beanstalk. When I was asked to visit for the day I thought it might be nice if I worked with the children helping them design and build some of their own giants to hang on their class room walls.

We discussed describing words for giants and how we might portray their characteristics before starting on the paintings. It was an extremely fun day and the giants came to together really well, one of them was around 12 foot in height! The children now use the fat, mean giant to hang words on that they find difficult to spell!