Saturday, December 13, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sketchbook - Faun 2

Some more doodling on the Faun piece. I'm calling it the faun piece but it actually has more to do with the Pine Faerie - still just messing with design ideas and the pose.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sketchbook - Faun

Some pencil work for a personal piece I'm going to try and get done in the next week or so. I want to have a figure lounging in a tree - maybe a faerie - with a faun or two milling around in the back ground - so I'm just goofing around with some faun ideas. I also want to get the right pose on the faerie - more work required.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Teeney Too

Here is another version of Teeney O'Feeney for the book project I'm currently working on called Teeney O'Feeney King of the Leprechauns. I think this one may end up being the cover.

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Jack

The Jack is for Jack O' Lantern of course. Inspired I'm sure by our recent foray through the Hallowe'en season which I love so much. The leafless trees, the early sunsets, the windy nights - autumn !
This painting is small, really small. It's about 4 by 7 inches - gouache. Just a quickie for my own amusement.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Bit More Sketchbook

Some more pencil work.

More Sketchbook

I've got something new starting up soon that I shouldn't really talk about. But here are some pages anyway - just getting ready, warming up, concepting and getting a head start. It will of course have to do with super-natural and or mythical characters - but that's all I can say.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

French Dragons

This project was for a french publisher. It's to be a book about dragons. They invited me to participate and I agreed even though I'm not really one for drawing dragons. I thought I would be clever and pose some figures around a dragon skull and avoid actually having to draw the dragon itself. This idea didn't fly with them for obvious reasons but I enjoyed making the drawings and concepting it out.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Secret History of Giants

This picture is from the recently published Secret History of Giants book from Templar. I worked on this project through last Christmas and am quite happy to see it out now - in a book shop near you ;). This illustration seems to be one of the more popular ones as it keeps turning up in the promotions. It depicts the giant wearing all his artifacts and doodads.


I drove this painting into the ditch. It happens - it started feeling wrong at about the half-way point. I decided not to put myself through the pain of trying to fix it. However I was kind of happy with these characters so I scanned them anyway. One of these days I hope to get back to it when I'm feeling a bit better about it. Until then .....

Faerie Sketchbook

Some random faerie doodles in coloured pencil. Just for fun and of course with the ever present hope that a new and possibly "good" idea might be achieved.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

More Pencil Work - Goblins

This project is going to be a lot of fun - will need to do more drawing for sure.

Pencil Work - Goblins

Some more doodles and roughs for a new project. This is of course my favourite part of any project - the thinking and dreaming part.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


This is another one for the book I'm working on called Teeney O'Feeney King of the Leprechauns. This is Rosina the Faerie - watercolour and gouache on hot press paper.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Running Rabbit and Fox Radio

A couple of small colour pieces done for fun. These are winter paintings - dreaming of spring with three feet of snow on the ground.

Teeney O'Feeney Sketchbook

Some sketchbook work from a project I'm presently on, illustrating the poem Teeney O'Feeney King of the Leprechauns by James Tague. We're touching on all manner of faerie folk in this piece.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Secret History of Giants - Sketchbook 6

The last of the sketch work that went into the Giants book. This was one of the most fun projects I've had the pleasure of working on. For me the best part was the pencil work. That was also my favourite part of the Giants and Faeries books we used as inspiration on this venture - fun !

Friday, August 15, 2008


Here's another one from the project I'm on at the moment - Teeny O'Feeney King of the Leprechauns. Here we have one of the gnomes who keep the ponds and rivers clean - he's not too happy.


Another one of my little weed faerie pictures - done between assignments - Chickadee and Scholastic to be exact.

The Secret History of Giants - Sketchbook - 4

Yet more drawings for this Templar project - character designs and concepts.