Sunday, 4 October 2015


A review in this weeks issue of the New Statesman by Neel Mukherjee.... 

'Hughes has captured something ineluctably English in the combination of seediness, violence, sensationlism and humour; the book's biggest effect, however is the resonance of the present-day story, which will leave at least one haunting question ringing in your head.'

Thursday, 17 September 2015


I used to be an illustrator. This was one of my most recent involvements with an advertising campaign...about eleven years ago. Bloody difficult too, but the agency were very supportive. Looking back at it now - I am not ashamed of the lettering and I don't think I sold out, well maybe a bit,the illustrator as plumber. But where else can you earn any decent money?

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.