Friday, 17 April 2015

Tomorrow's Abyss book cover and other goodies!

Hi Everyone!

With Bologna finished I’d like to give you a quick update on what I’ve been working on.

First, I’ve completed a new book cover for a young fiction epic action series.

You can see more of my young fiction cover artworks at

Because of the success of my last collaboration I had with Steve Smallman, QED Publishing commissioned me to complete 4 more 'messed up fairytale' picture books! Here’s a sneak peak at the final covers, they will be released later this year.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of my latest work. Have a wonderful summer and if there is any projects you would like me to contribute to, drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Messing up more Fairytales!

I hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas and are having a happy 2015 so far!

I have been super busy over the last few months. To follow up ‘Keep Running, Gingerbread Man!’ I was asked to illustrate 4 new picture books, penned by Steve Smallman, in the ‘Messed Up Fairytales’ series for QED publishing.

And I'd like to give you a sneak peak at the covers!

Don’t pick you nose Pinocchio!

Smelly Jack and the Beanstalk!

Get some rest Sleeping Beauty!

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Wash your Hair!

Princes are just too fussy these days!

Happy 2015,


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Exciting Milo Adventures news!

Booktrust has chosen Milo and One Dead Angry Druid for their 2014 School Library Pack. This is great news – it means that Booktrust purchase copies of the book and send one to (nearly all) secondary schools in the UK in September 2014, as part of a specially selected pack of recommended books. Milo was selected by a panel of judges for their ‘Reluctant Reader’ recommendations.

You can get more information here:

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Messing with the Classics! Keep Running Gingerbread Man!

I was recently approached by QED Publishing to illustrate a picture book called ‘Keep running Gingerbread Man!’ written by Steve Smallman, known for ‘Dragon Stew’ and ‘The Monkey with the Bright Blue Bottom.'

As a lover of oldie fairytale stories (and Gingerbread) I couldn’t wait to get to it!

Steve Smallman has written quite a different take on the old story. I can't reveal it hear, but see if you can spot it in the previews below.

Here's a small preview of my illustrations in the book:

Keep Running Gingerbread Man! is available 14th October 2014

Pre-Order it on Amazon Now

More info coming soon. I'm off to eat some Gingerbread!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

The Making of 'So What!' (Part 2)

In this part of the Making of 'So What!' I'm going to reflect on some of the decisions made in designing the spreads for telling Daisy's story.

Lissy's Effect On Daisy

Daisy is really being hit hard by Lissy. All Daisy wants is acceptance from her friends and all she gets dismissal.

Below are some way's I've shown Lissy's powerfully negative effect on Daisy visually:

At the start of the story Daisy lacks confidence and feels very alone
Lissy visually overpowering Daisy.
Daisy being surrounded by Lissy and her goons.

Daisy's Imagination

Because of the effect on Daisy she regularly escapes from real life into her imagination. She dreams about what she could have told Lissy, each fantasy more crazy than the last. From a camel with 6 humps to an Alien invasion.

Ultimately, I wanted Daisy’s imagination to be a beautiful place, where she is at the forefront.

All these scene culminate to a the big finale!
But you’ll have to buy the book to see that bit!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Making of 'So What!' (Part 1)

With the release of So What! on the shelves this week, I thought I would use this series of posts to show a bit of my process when creating the illustrations, in order to give an insight into the books development.

So What! Order it here

The Story

Last year I was approached by Digital Leaf Publishing to illustrate a picture book written by Tracey Trussell called ‘So What!’ Which has been launched this week!

The story is about Daisy, a sweet, innocent girl with a wonderful imagination. She should be happy but her best friend, Lissy is getting her down. The playground has become a tough place for Daisy who'll need to learn some new tricks if she wants to survive. So What! is a rites of passage story that's both funny and uplifting. Daisy's battle with an emotional bully will reverberate with all children who've ever been picked on, and leave them smiling.

On the surface this is a fun, silly and slightly wacky story, but beneath is a story about a girls desperation to be accepted. So What! gave me the opportunity to illustrate a real roller coaster of emotions that a child feels, from to desperation to depression to realisation.

Designing the Characters

It was very important to us that the character design felt real to give the character the depth they need to tell the subtleties of this story. Showing the subtle expressions in the characters faces was key, from Daisy's excitement and dejection to Lissy's boredom and contempt.


Here are my character designs for Daisy. She is very unsure of herself, and more than anything wants acceptance. When I draw my characters I try to give them their individual mannerisms in the initial sketches, as opposed to just a character standing there like a mannequin with no expression. I can really get a feel for who the character is this way.


Lissy is the polar opposite to Daisy. She is the an ultra confident, arrogant and annoying friend that always gets what she wants. Lissy is bored by everything and has no time for poor Daisy.

Lissy's goons

These two goon followers make up Lissy's gang, they hang on Lissy's every word. They've succumbed to her peer pressure.


Samantha is very much like Daisy at the start of the story, but then she takes the wrong path and bows peer pressure to become another one on Lissy's goons. Will Daisy take the same path?

The Rabbit!!

Of course I could never forget Daisy's furry sidekick! Who's always there for her no matter what!

Together Lissy's and her crew of goons dismiss Daisy and even laugh at her as shown in these roughs.

But not for long.....

In part 2 I will look at some specific scenes in the story, including Daisy's wild escapist imagination that involve 6 humped camels and aliens! 

So What! is available now: Order it here