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.
Here's a sketch I did of less-than-ideal flatmate, Dr John Watson, another design for the Infamy Miniatures range of steampunk-styled literary characters. It'd appear that Watson's perhaps broken his Hippocratic Oath, since he's now busy slicing bogus Victorian people up a treat. People who are probably wearing top hats and welder's goggles with bits of clocks stuck on their trousers and eyebrows, so who can blame him?
Anyway, here's the excellent sculpt by MIKH, based on my drawing, and below that a couple of photos of the 32mm model fully painted by Javier Gonzalez. Below that is a pic of the resin models of Holmes and Watson together. Rathbone and Bruce must be looking down in bemusement. Get all your Watson model news at the Infamy site.
Sherlock Holmes - the return of
The sketch that I did of a steampunk Sherlock Holmes for Infamy Miniatures, as featured in a previous post. The model has now been released, so here's a look at the finished, painted miniature based on my drawing. It's been sculpted at 32mm scale by MIKH and painted here by Javier Gonzalez. It's available to buy as a high quality resin model at the Infamy site.
The Gift - a first glimpse
A couple of photos of an unbound test printing of The Gift, received today. The Gift is a thirty-two page picture book I've illustrated. It's a complete departure for me; not a rotting corpse in sight. This test printing gives the first physical impression of what it's going to be like when it's an actual, finished book, and I'm really pleased with how it's turned out. I'll show more of what's within its pages, as well as other info about the creation of the artwork, in due course.
The delightful, poignant story is by award-winning children's author Penny Matthews. The book will be published in hardback and paperback by Scholastic imprint Omnibus Books in the autumn.
The Lonely Tumbling Waters
My friend Ken Griffin has written a book recording his memories of growing up in the Highlands of Scotland and a career stalking on the Applecross Estate, where he still lives. The Lonely Tumbling Waters is an entertaining, evocative memoir and can be bought on Amazon.
"From infant memories in a heavily bombed post-war naval city, to the sudden upheaval and arrival in a resin-scented, traditional Highland glen, the boy experienced a steep learning curve. It was, however, to quickly become a part of his nature as he wandered alone, observing and empathising with the wild creatures then engaging in the manual skills of survival where technology was still a distant idea. Biddable in behaviour because of childhood and army training, but a rebel by nature, the author wanders through his life experiences which would make Health and Safety quail and the politically correct throw up their hands in horror, but he has recorded the way of life in order that his grandchildren will have a history. You are invited to join."
As my face and mind melt due to intolerable, infernal temperatures, it seems an appropriate time to issue a reminder about the, in every sense, cool garments featuring some of my images that are available at the Wardrobe of Terror shop. There are four designs on offer at the moment, the Warlock, the Werewolf, the Demon, and the Spider Queen. These have been selling if not like hot cakes then at least like warm buns. More designs will be made available sooner or later, and I'll endeavour to mention them here.
The Rondo Series
The Rondo books featuring my cover artwork continue to be published in various overseas international countries around the world, globally. The latest to arrive are copies of the complex Chinese character editions, published by Core Culture, Taiwan. The trilogy comprises The Key to Rondo, The Wizard of Rondo, and The Battle for Rondo, and are written by Deltora Quest author Emily Rodda.