Sunday, 16 August 2015

The Pillbox: Reminder.

Just below Steve Bell's The Graphic Novel, The Gigantic Beard That was  Evil, Everything Is Teeth, The Incredible Hulk and nestling next to Ghost World. The Pillbox! Where? Waterstones Piccadilly. 1st floor. 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Cuckoo Critics:

B/W pen & ink drawing of 'The Big Nurse' from The Folio Society's illustrated edition of Ken Kesey's One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.
I think it is available next month, although by the looks of things they won't be selling too many copies... The Folio Society have given a chimp a packet of crayons to scribble all over this modern classic with. 

Thursday, 6 August 2015

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Latest project for the Folio Society an illustrated version of Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. I was very fortunate, no damn lucky to land this assignment and I expect that there are many others who will find fault with my interpretation. I imagine there will be a good few, in fact, hundreds of illustrators out there who would have given their right arm and leg to tackle the Cuckoo. I was the lucky one. Now on seeing the beautifully produced book I feel that I may have done it some justice but not completely. There is so much material, so much that I could've developed, to narrow it down to 12 illustrations or thereabouts was a difficult shout. Anyway here is one of the more sensitive pieces, not that I don't treat every piece with honesty and hopefully sensitivity. Chief Bromden speaks. The edition comes in a very elegant golden yellow slipcase/coffin. Commissioned by Sheri Gee.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

THE PILLBOX: The Bill not Keith Review.

August already. Everyone on holiday, gone quiet, I've been reminded that The Pillbox was reviewed in The Saturday edition of The Guardian (July 25th). Mr. Smart doesn't know his Keith from his Bill. But apart from that major error, pretty damn fine review for a picture book.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

The Pillbox: THE REVIEW!

Sunday Bloody Sunday. A John Schlesinger film, Murray Head. Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson...I saw it at the cinema in 1971. I am that old.
Sunday papers thing of the past? Not today. Unexpected and wonderful review in the Observer by Rachel Cooke. Thank you. Rachel Cooke. 
6:30am Monday bloody Monday. Reminder to self keep drawing. Don't give up. You should be working on a sequel.

Friday, 10 July 2015


Walking The Dog; Pencil. Published December 2009

Walking The Dog: Pencil. Published December 2009
The Pillbox: Published July 2015. drawn in ink 2011 - 2014

95% of Walking the Dog was drawn with a pencil. I like to think that for most part my drawing is disciplined and controlled however others think differently. I know this reviewer is attempting to be positive about The Pillbox and WTD. Ink blots, scratchy? Some parts maybe grotesque to some, but I like to describe my drawing as honest. He's talking about someone else surely. I do not recognise his description of my drawing, still at least it is giving The Pillbox some promotion. So judge for yourselves. Here endeth the lesson.