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Hello, I'm a freelance illustrator based in the UK.
I was born in London, and started out in illustration with work for fantasy & horror small press magazines in the '80s, in particular the H.P. Lovecraft-devoted Dagon. My first professional commissions came from Games Workshop for their magazine White Dwarf, and this began a long relationship with the company, illustrating lots of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay publications and the very first Warhammer 40,000 book, as well as many other GW books and boardgames. I've also done game-related material for other publishers, including covers and internal illustrations for twenty-two (I think) of the Fighting Fantasy series from Puffin Books/Wizard Books, and card art for Magic: The Gathering from Wizards of the Coast.

I've also produced artwork for various publishers around the world including Scholastic, Time-Warner, HarperCollins and Oxford University Press, illustrating popular authors such as Anne McCaffrey, Raymond E. Feist and Harry Turtledove, as well as some classics including Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde and The Silver Sword. I was fortunate enough to receive the British Fantasy Award for Best Artist.

I illustrated the book accompanying the album release of Misterstourworm & the Kelpie's Gift, an orchestral work based on stories and characters from Scottish legend. My artwork was used as large-scale backdrops for live performances of the work by The Orchestra of Scottish Opera, with narration by Lord of the Rings actor Billy Boyd.

As an author, I've written some books about digital art including Digital Fantasy Painting Workshop and Digital Horror Art, and edited Fantasy Art Now published by Collins. In addition to work in publishing, I occasionally do concept and production art for computer games (following two years as an in-house artist at Eidos Interactive), and film and television productions which have included the BAFTA-nominated The Magician of Samarkand for the BBC, and most recently Gulliver's Travels for 20th Century Fox.

Currently: October 2015: My latest picture book The Crocodolly was published in hardback by Scholastic last month, and is available in Australia, New Zealand, and soon to be released throughout Asia in English, also with a translation into Chinese. The Crocodolly is something of a companion to my earlier picture book The Octopuppy which has been doing pretty well internationally -- more info at www.theoctopuppy.com  Right now I'm working on my next picture book; so most of my energies have been directed towards my books for children. But I've also just finished another album cover for Axel Rudi Pell, which is the fifth sleeve I've done for his records.  I've also been doing a little bit of work on the Game of Thrones computer game.


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    The Warlock of Firetop Mountain

    Received today, these copies of the new edition of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, published by Wizard Books. They're sporting the all-new cover design, with my artwork set within it. Due to a printing error the artwork hasn't reproduced particularly well, but I'm assured it'll be rectified (and presumably looking more like how it does in my blog post last month) for the next print run.

    Buy this new edition here.

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    Wizard of Rondo paperback

    The Wizard of Rondo by Emily Rodda (best-selling author of Deltora Quest) has now been released in paperback with my cover, and here's a photo of a little pile of them. It's a Children's Book Council of Australia short-listed book, so sez the little gold sticker. Published by Omnibus Books, an imprint of Scholastic.

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    Strip tease

    Here's a look at a comic strip I'd been working on, now abandoned. It was a short weird tale in vaguely Creepy or Eerie style. The plan for the final art was for it to have a very minimal palette, shades of blue/grey with warmer highlights. Anyway, most of it's just at pencil stage, and I'm sticking it up here without any lettering so the story probably won't be entirely clear, but it's just for a look-see at the unfinished artwork.

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    Rondo slipcase

    The hardback editions of the Rondo trilogy are collected together in this snazzy slipcase, with my dragon from the third book on its front. It makes for a very large, shiny object.

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    Battle for Rondo

    Just received a hardback copy of The Battle for Rondo by Emily Rodda, so it's due out in the shops very shortly. It's the third book in the Rondo trilogy, and features a dragon on it by me with another dazzling foil dustjacket likely to induce fits.

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    Great Explorers

    Just received a copy of Children's Great Explorers Encyclopedia, packaged by Tall Tree Ltd and published by Parragon. It's a rather nice large-format hardback, and I'm pleased with how my illustrations look in the spreads; here are four of 'em.

    The book's available to buy here.

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