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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: September 2013: I'm busy developing another picture book, something in a similar vein to The Octopuppy which has just been published in hardback by Scholastic/Omnibus Books. There are also ideas floating around for a sequel to The Octopuppy. All this follows on from The Gift, my first children's book which was published last Christmas and received great reviews. The Gift is due out in paperback in October this year. I've just finished the wraparound cover for You Are The Hero, a book documenting the history of Fighting Fantasy. Right now I'm working on a cover for Axel Rudi Pell's next album release, Into the Storm.


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    Pete's a nut

    Another of my character sketches becomes a model from Infamy Miniatures, just released. This one's a nutjob Peter Pan with knives and a jetpack and what not. Should it float your steamboat, the model can be bought here.

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    Do Little

    Oops, I've lapsed again haven't I? In posting to this blog, that is. Not the other stuff we don't talk about, you know, which involved the police. I've been insanely busy on my current book, as well as lots of other stuff - exciting times. Anyway, thanks for noticing my absence and just for you here's a thing. A new sculpture from Infamy Miniatures based on another of my steampunk character sketches. This one's a Doctor Dolittle fella tinkering with a chimp's noggin. There's a monkey under the fella's hat having a squabble with the cyber-parrot on his shoulder. Buy it as a bust here, plus it's also out as a full figurine in June.

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    A Danish wizard

    My covers continue to appear around the world on new print editions of Emily Rodda's Rondo series. Look at this pile of 'em. The latest to arrive is a Danish language edition published by ABC Forlag, Denmark.

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    Into the Storm

    The new album from Axel Rudi Pell, with a cover by me, released in Germany on Jan 17th; the rest of Europe on the 20th; and the USA and Canada on the 21st. More info on Axel's official site.

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    In for me

    Recent posts have made this more of a blog thing for 'Olds' rather than for News, but here are some new doings. The latest steampunk-type model from Infamy Miniatures based on one of my sketches. It's fat man, The Toad. Various improvements have been made to the design by the clever sculptor, mostly to the machine bits that I'm generally not much cop at. More about this new model on the Infamy site.



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    Stephen Jones

    Something that combines elements from recent posts... Shadows Over Innsmouth... pen & ink portraiture... Doctor Who. Here's Steve Jones, editor of Shadows Over Innsmouth (as well as one or two other books), in a portrait I did of him to accompany a magazine interview in 1995, I think. Rolled-up jacket sleeves just out of view. Steve wanted to be shown with a few of his Favourite Things, so, clockwise from the left, there's a Dalek (Power or Evil of the Daleks vintage, I'd say); the spaceship from the Hammer version of Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth) with Julian Glover and his stethoscope; King Kong (the 1933, naturally -- but why did I choose to draw such an uninspiring view of him?); Steve Zodiac from Fireball XL5; and Daffy Duck.

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