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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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    Ancient Images #5

    Another forgotten drawing from the depths of the drawers, a genuine patina of age on this one. Scanned from a yellowed photocopy uncovered while searching for something else.

    I'd say it's vaguely interesting as an unsuccessful attempt to illustrate Brian Lumley's short story Fruiting Bodies. Not a very good design and a lot of cross-hatching to little effect, but some parts of the mycelium strands and fungal polyps forming the spongy old lady aren't terrible. I've forgotten why I was trying to illustrate this story, and I've also forgotten who it was for, when I did it (late '80s maybe), and where the original disappeared to. So I can't remember much about it. Or anything else for that matter... who am I and why am I here? Why am I typing this? What the hell is going on?

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    Death Jester

    A squint at the cover I did for Game of Sins, the latest album from Axel Rudi Pell which was released earlier this year.

    For this one, Axel asked me to depict a skeletal jester, popping up through a playing card on fire and pointing a bony finger at the viewer-cum-listener.

    Couple of rough sketches, the bottom one based on an existing image Axel liked which inspired the design and which he asked me to emulate.

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