Book illustrations are what first inspired me to draw, to even consider making drawing my career. From Quentin Blake to Philippe Daure,
book illustration is where my heroes are at. I still enjoy being whisked away by the magic of beautiful illustrations marrying with the text,
and it is an absolute pleasure when I achieve that too.
HIGHLIGHT: Shortlisted for the Kelpies Illustration Prize in 2018
Check out my cover design for Soldier's Game by James Killgore.
Youth Novel Cover Designs
As part of my Daily Challenges, I decided to design several popular youth novel Book Covers.
Artist Book "Stories 2020" Collaboration
As a creative now in the habit of making my own books for my monthly daily challenges, it was an absolutely pleasure to work in collaboration with fellow illustrators Louise Wilson and Sarah Hannis on this series of unique Artist Books, originally intended for the Bookmarks 2020 artist book and zine fair. I look forward to featuring the full set here when circumstances allow.
Book Illustration Competition 2019
This year's the House of Illustration contest had Howl's Moving Castle as subject. I absolutely adore this book by Diana Wynne Jones, so I just had to squeeze in some time to make these submissions!
I'd hoped to try my hand at embroidery for this, seeing the running theme in the book about Sophie stitching life into things, but time constraints pushed me to use some creative digital collage.
Book Illustration Competition 2018
Organised by the House of Illustration, I prepared these images following their prompts for the Conan Arthur Doyle compilation of Sherlock Holmes short stories.
Kelpies Illustration Prize
Featured here are my designs in response to the Kelpies Illustration Prize:
2017's featuring Ruby McCracken and in 2018 with Soldier's Game.
The Soldier's Game cover design was shortlisted!
Picture Hooks 2016
Submissions to Picture Hooks mentoring scheme in 2016. This was the point where I decided to focus my practice towards professional illustration. These images drew on my childhood memories, trips to lake Tekapo in New Zealand, games with our Dog Mikey, a cairn terrier, and really enjoying playing with line.
Undying Night Designs
Cover designs commissioned by author Ceri Rowland. Each book required an ebook cover, and a print cover.