The Covers of my book are too far apart was published in 2017 by Barrington Stoke. Featuring twelve full colour spreads the intention was to create a book that challenged myths around how dull reading is. On each spread a challenge is made (‘books are boring’) and answered by various characters. Shortlisted for an IBW award and nominated for a Kate Greenaway. Author Vivian French.
2018 book illustrated for Orion Children’s Books. Forty Six full colour images.
I write and illustrate a strip for the children’s football magazine, Kickaround. On top of this as part of my MA I am exploring sequential narratives using events that happened to me as a launch pad. I’m also in the process of creating a larger graphic novel.
The following spreads I illustrate for the children’s football magazine Kickaround. The brief comes in the form of the text in a Word doc. I design and rough out the layout, working with the Art Director before taking it to final art.
I’ve illustrated many series in black and white including Yuck (Simon and Schuster), Hank Zipzer (Walker), Superhero School (Bloomsbury) and Undead Ed (Hodder). I’m comfortable working in a variety of visual styles depending on the subject.
2018 title for Franklin Watts. Twelve full colour spreads.
I’ve always kept notebooks and sketchbooks and particularly with the MA, these have become a valuable source of thought gathering and experimentation. I like to explore different visual directions and am keen to develop some of these into larger bodies of work. To see more updates on these pages please click on the Instagram link at the foot of the main menu.
2017 Early Reader title for Orion Children’s books. 45 Full colour illustrations.
The word cartoon is a very loaded one and sadly seen as the lowest of art forms although with the current political discourse it does seem to be seeing a revival. At the root of my work is a desire to communicate complex ideas with simple lines and text. I’ve had cartoons published in Private Eye but also produced many thousands for children’s books over the years.
I’ve illustrated and designed eight joke books for Andersen Press as well as 1001 Really Ridiculously Silly Jokes (Hodder) in 2018. Prior to this I also illustrated and designed Mitch Symons books of facts for Random House.
As a designer I’ve designed many integrated fiction insides, the latest being the Tony Spears series of books by Neal Layton (Hodder Children’s). I often designed books that I illustrated including The War Diaries of Alistair Fury (Random House), Superhero School (Bloomsbury), Undead Ed (Hodder Children’s) and Hank Zipzer (Walker).
I started designing book covers in 1990 working in religious publishing before moving to children’s books in 2000. I’ve worked across all ages ranges and have a particular feel for young fiction titles.
The MA in illustration and authorial practice is proving to be a fantastic experience on many levels, not least the way it is feeding into my current working practice. I am particularly interested in sequential narratives in the form of graphic novels and comics as a way of moving a step further from the notion of the primacy of words alone. In my first essay I illustrated and bound it as a 48pp book called ‘It’s about time’. I looked at the slowing down of action, what happens when nothing happens, the films of Roy Andersson, the illustrator Tom Gauld and the controversial philosopher Martin Heidegger.
I’m currently working on a project based on the experience of an El Salvadorian fisherman who was lost at sea for 438 days, something I hope to turn into a larger graphic novel. The setting and situation he found himself in are ideal for magnifying the Sisyphean task of being human.
Kickaround magazine launched in March 2018 from the When Saturday Comes stable. The idea was for a children’s football magazine that was focussed less on celebrity and money but more on diversity, equality and the fun of the game. The ethos behind the mag is that as well as engaging visual content it can be educational (football taught me maths and geography and the importance of existential despair!). As well as the Mascot Matches strip and the History spread, I came up with an idea for a Famous Five type gang who would feature throughout the magazine on various pages and create more engagement with the reader. The samples here show some of the squad images, the skills page I also illustrate and an A1 sized illustrated World map.