• Frankenstein's Legions - French Grenadier
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  • Mirabilis - Big Ben
  • Spellbreaker
  • Gnome
  • Frankenstein's Legions - Scots Guard
  • Cyborg
  • The Tank
  • Wizard of Rondo
  • Eye of the Dragon
  • Unicorn Hunt
  • Legend of Zagor
  • Blue Mouse Blacksmith
  • Blue Queen
  • Frankenstein's Legions - Grande Armee
  • Werewolf
  • Orcs
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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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  • News from May 2012

    Tee time!

    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.

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    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.

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    Macbeth's Disciple

    Macbeth's Disciple is a short live action film featuring character designs and costumes based on my sketches. Made by Spearean Interactive, the film is available for download and its trailer can be viewed here. More to come from Spearean soon.

    "In the ultimate test of loyalty, King Macbeth sends Cormac, his most trusted warrior, on a mission to kill a rebel leader. Cormac must choose between his ambition and his honour. A choice that will change history.
    Macbeth's Disciple brilliantly combines the story of a real King of Scotland who lived a thousand years ago, with state of the art CGI animation."

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    Sherlock Holmes

    Here's a sketch I did of Sherlock Holmes for Infamy Miniatures. It's one of a series of steampunk-styled literary characters I've designed for them, and the second drawing to be transformed into a model, following Henrietta Jekyll. The model's not yet released, but here are some advance photos of the sculpt by MIKH
    . More information at the Infamy Miniatures site.


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