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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 2013

    Chamber of Chills

    Here's a look at the various editions of Harvey Horrors Collected Works: Chamber of Chills Vol 4, published by PS Art Books, for which I've done the frontispiece illustration. Signed editions have been scrawled in by me and Kim Newman.

    The signed traycase:

    The signed slipcase:

    The unsigned(!) hardcover:

    And here's a reminder of the illustration I did, featuring a slightly peaky Kim Newman:

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    New book - finished

    What can account for such a lengthy absence from posting doings on this site? Well, I was away being busy with one thing or another, if you must know. Must you? Probably not - but thank you to a loyal few with nothing better to do for doggedly requesting some kind of update. The total lack of rumours of my death not once being greatly exaggerated anywhere at all are, er, true. The main work news is that I've recently finished a new picture book for children. It's all been written, illustrated, edited, designed and collated for publishers who very fortunately are delighted with the results, and sent off to a far away land where they have printers. The book is due to be published by Scholastic in the autumn. I'll drip feed bits of information and glimpses of tentacles here in the coming weeks, in a teasing manner. To begin this process, a couple of uninformative photos of mess on a desk. I think this is in an attempt to convey some suggestion of having been busy on something -- look at all those bits of paper, and that.

    Toil, you see.

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    Another new model release

    The next model based on my designs to be released from Infamy Miniatures, will be Talullah Belle. The model is now available to pre-order, and will be available at three scales - the regular 32mm, a limited edition 54mm, plus a whopping great 90mm so you can fully appreciate all of Talullah's racy details. The model successfully improves on the proportions and pose of the sketch. Below the sketch are some views of the digital model and a front view of the master print.



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    This augmented gorilla is the latest steampunk model from Infamy Miniatures to be based on my sketches. This particular sculpt stays especially close to my original doodle. More info about its release on the Infamy site.



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