Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Portrait of a Chinese Lady

This is a portrait I painted of my wife's sister. She is Chinese. The painting is quite large - 60x70cm, oil on canvas. I was looking to practice my tonal values with this piece and to capture her expression. It was a challenge but I feel the result is a progression from previous portraits I have done.

Friday, 4 April 2008


Thought I'd have a go at some manga style artwork. I just went straight into it with very little drawing and an idea in my head of what i wanted to do with it. I think she looks pretty and have named her 'Sky'.
I am quite pleased with the result :)

Oil on canvas board 36x46cm

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Vlad and Lev confront the Great Bear

Illustration for a Russian fairytale where Vlad and Lev first confront the Great Bear and provoke him into charging the Tsar's palace.

I love immersing myself in the story and drawing the pictures that I see in my imagination. In this instance, I put myself in the place of the man meeting the great bear until I could almost hear the crunch of the snow and feel the freshness of the forest air. That is why I love illustration - it's a way of bringing my imagination to life and sharing it with others.

Prismapencil and graphite on vellum 30x40cm

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Roald Dahl and the Rocketship Rabbit

Children's book illustration about the wild imagination of Roald Dahl. Yellow suits him!

I'm quite excited because the Spelling Magic book is about to go to print. Its been a long time coming and hopefully it will sell well and provide me the opportunity to work on other exciting projects.
We are printing it in China and that is proving to be a challenge in itself!

Oil on board 40x30cm

Spelling Magic World Tour Bus

Children's book illustration for Spelling Magic.

I was going for a bright and colourful illustration here full of interesting details and little bit of humour dotted around.

Funny how that bus balances so well!

Oil on board 40x30cm