Sunday, 17 April 2011

yet more postcards

 These are some more postcards I made for promotional work, since I realised I had no black and white work in my children's style that wasn't incredibly old.  I discovered, to my delight, that the sort of hatching I used for Patience is a Virtue comes out really well with this line art, so I'm very pleased with them.

Incidentally, the foxes are from a story I very vaguely remember from my childhood, about a fox whose husband dies.  Her suitors all have more and more tails, but she eventually marries one with just one tail. It had beautiful illustrations, but we got the book from the library and none of us (me, my sisters, my parents) can remember what it was called or who wrote it.  If any of you know anything about it I'll love you forever if you can help me find it.

Saturday, 16 April 2011


This will look a bit weird under the new header, but I thought you might like to see the whole image.  I actually painted it specially to crop a header out of or use as a background, like a GEEK.

This is a new-ish character affectionately nicknamed Skullgirl until I manage to choose her a proper name.  I'm leaning towards a really depressing puritan name, I quite like Tribulation, Lamentation or Obedience.  (Sorry-for-Sin was vetoed by my sister.)

What do you all think of the new layout?

Thursday, 14 April 2011

More Postcards

These are the other 5 new pictures I took to the London Book Fair as postcards.  They were meant to be in my normal illustration style, but still appropriate to give to children's book publishers.  I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out, the colours came out very well on the cards.

Monday, 11 April 2011


These are some postcards I made to take to the London Book Fair this year.  There's actually 15 of them, but 5 are pictures from Alaizabel so you've all seen them already.  These 5 are in a style I developed for children's work, although they're still a bit dingy in terms of colour palette because that's what I liked as a child.  I'll upload the other 5 in a little while.

Sunday, 3 April 2011


Tada!  The last picture from Alaizabel.  It's supposed to echo the picture of Marey Woolbury from the start of the set.  I think it came out better than the other one, to be honest, the hatching is a bit tidier.

Also the cover, if you're interested.  It's an oil painting, which is a medium I have a lot of experience with, but not much skill (in my opinion).  It's supposed to be a bit indistinct, but I might have taken it a bit too far.  What do you think?

Also, singing to your plants.  Is this adorable, or a sign that you're a bit of a nutter?