Seger’s card



Remember Arent’s geboortekaartje?

Well, my friends Lea and Jasper now have a second little boy! I’ve been asked once again to create a little geboortekaartje for Seger, who arrived on 13th May, about three weeks sooner than expected!


Pencil, charcoal, ink and gouache on Strathmore grey toned paper, 120 mm diameter.

Lea and her family are moving to a new home by the sea, and both this and Seger’s name suggested a watery theme. In the midst of the #MerMay challenge last month, Both Lea and I independently hit upon the same idea: an illustration of a merboy.

Congratulations again, Lea and Jasper! Welcome, Seger!


A June Fae


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Watercolour on Saunders Waterford hot pressed, 110 mm diameter (approx. 135 mm from tallest wingtip to bottom of circle).

This illustration was originally created about two or three years ago as part of the cover for a prospective book, for which I was also to have contributed internal illustrations. In the event, the publisher underwent something of an upheaval, and the project was either shelved or had fallen through. I never heard anything further about it.

So I’m hoping that my finally sharing this won’t get me into trouble! I suppose, were the project to ever go ahead again, that I could do a new illustration for it if need be.

On the heels of #MerMay last month comes #JuneFae for this (there is also #JuneBug and #Junicorn, but we’ll come to those later); and although this piece had nothing whatever to do with it, I just felt it opportune to share it as a kind of opener for my own (however meagre) contributions for the month. Unfortunately, the scan robs a considerable deal from the original, not least the blue of the outer robe, which is a more teal-like colour in actuality.


Illustration Magazine, Spring 2016



I have a spread in the Illustrator’s Notebook spot of the current issue of Illustration Magazine (UK, Spring 2016, Issue 47).


(Please click the image to open it out to full view.)

Thank you so much to Linda Owen-Lloyd of Children’s Book Illustration for suggesting this feature, and to Ruth Prickett, the magazine’s editor!




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#MerMay is the creation of animator, Tom Bancroft, and is a challenge whereby one posts a mermaid drawing each day for the month of May.

Now, anyone who knows me at all knows that it is entirely impossible for me to complete this challenge to its fullest condition, even had I no other work to do but to simply draw a mermaid every day. So my contribution to this would be to try and do one whenever I can squeeze it in for the month.

Of course, having once dipped my tail in, I find myself completely carried away by my first piece. I originally aimed for a sketchy sort of drawing and never meant to get this far. And having got this far, I’m not actually sure I like it.

Oh, well…


Pencil in Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook, approx. 135 x 210 mm.

T. rex: There is no ‘try’


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Blue pencil on hot pressed Fluid watercolour paper, 150 x 145 mm.

A gentle rebuttal to the ‘T. rex trying’ series and a competition prompt for Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs. Please see this post for a chance to win a copy of Dr. Dave Hone‘s book, The Tyrannosaur Chronicles!


Pens and Sensitivity


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Let us call this a ‘Flingback Friday’ post, shall we? When I illustrated the bicentenary edition of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility for Palazzo Editions back in 2011, Illustration Magazine ran a small feature about it and previous illustrated editions of the book in their Autumn 2011 issue. Due to some mishap or other, I never received a copy of the issue at the time, but the situation has been rectified and I’m finally able to share the article.


Pens and Sensitivity. Illustration Magazine, Autumn 2011 issue.

The article mentions my preparing to work on the bicentenary edition of Pride and Prejudice, as planned by Palazzo at the time. Unfortunately, as some readers may be aware, sales for S&S were so poor that the project to illustrate the bicentenary editions of all of Austen’s novels had to be sadly abandoned.


Nutcracker originals available for sale from Children’s Book Illustration & newsletter feature


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The Land of Sweets. Illustration for The Nutcracker, published by Walker Books, 2015. Ink, watercolour, and gouache on Saunders Waterford hot pressed, 380 x 300 mm.

I have been given a very kind feature in this month’s newsletter from Children’s Book Illustration as part of my launch on their website. All of the original artwork I did for The Nutcracker are now available for sale and can be found via the newsletter link or by visiting their website directly.

As you can see in the newsletter, Linda Owen-Lloyd and Harriet Potter were inspired by my numerous crane self-portraits and portraits of friends as animals in my sketchbook that they very kindly asked me to draw their portraits, too, to coincide with the launch.


Linda and Harriet. Ink, coloured pencils, and gouache on recycled paper, 100 mm diameter each.

Linda — who as I’ve learned is a ‘fanatical cyclist’ — is the cycling springer spaniel; and Harriet, who enjoys choral singing, is a blackbird.


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