Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Here I'm playing with a concept I first came upon while reading The Hobbit many years ago. The idea is that Trolls will turn to stone if hit by direct sun light. That's what happened here. This poor fellow has been there for decades and a local maiden has decided to turn his back into her thinking and day dreaming place. He's covered in moss with vines and creepers making their way up his arms and torso - he'll be there forever and one day her daughter will discover this very same place for herself.

I don't get much time these days to do personal work but I did manage this one a couple of weeks ago. It may be a while before I get the chance again despite a ready cache of ideas just waiting to be painted. This one is gouache and watercolour on cold pressed paper.

Seasons Greetings all.


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Things that go Bump

Our main graphics computer has been acting up lately and I haven't been able to scan anything new in the last couple of weeks - very frustrating because I have just completed a personal piece I'm rather happy with and can't share. In the meantime I'll post a couple from a recent project concerning mythical characters that should be out in the spring.
I hope to have something new up shortly.

Seasons greetings everyone.

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Future of Fantasy Art

I hope you can excuse a little horn blowing :)
I was fortunate enough to have been asked to contribute a couple of pictures to this fabulous new volume of Fantasy Art. The book looks terrific if I do say so myself. The reproductions are fabulous and the scope and variety of the art is very impressive.
The title of the book is The "Future" of Fantasy Art. I wonder what they would say if they knew that many of my favourite artists were painting over 100 years ago and in some cases 300 years ago.