For me, the key to making memorable stories is good characterization. I really enjoy the early stages of a project, working collaboratively with clients to develop characters, concepts, storyboards and pacing.
Working for leading publishers and media companies in the UK, I have nearly 20 years in the industry working for these fine people:
Frances Lincoln UK
Wide Eye Editions
Harper Collins UK
Magic Light Pictures
Dog Ears Northern Ireland
Lilla Rogers Studio
Do What you Love
My work includes art direction and design, consulting, commissioning, troubleshooting, writing and teaching.
If you would like to work with me, please get in touch.
Published by Frances Lincoln Books
Art direction and design of debut picture book by Lizzy Stewart.
Interior artwork printed in 4 colour, onto wood-free paper stock. The cover has a textured matt finish, printed onto linen paper stock with a detailed debossed pattern.
Published by Frances Lincoln, 2016.
Art direction and design of the beautiful new book from award winning artist Nicholas John Frith. Printed entirely in pantone inks onto wood free paper stock.
Published by Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic UK, July, 2016
Art direction and design of the new DYLAN series by the award winning Guy Parker-Rees. Dylan The Doctor is book one in a series of four.
32 page picture books, full colour throughout. Cover finish using pantone ink, matt laminate and spot UV.
Dylan is currently optioned with Brown Bag Films for development.
Published by Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic UK, 2016
Art direction and design of the award winning series from Helen Stephens. Nominated for the prestigious Kate Greenaway medal and the RedHouse Book Awards. For autumn 2016 How to Hide a Lion has also been developed into a beautiful puppet show by the Polka Theatre in London.
There are three books available in the series: How to Hide a Lion, How to Hide a Lion from Grandma, and How to Hide a Lion at School
Printed 4 colour onto wood-free paper. Cover finish is matt laminate. Also available as board books.
Published by Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic UK.
This year I have had the great pleasure of working with Lilla Rogers (agent and online tutor) and Beth Kempton (producer and creator of the online business Do What You Love). Together we wrote, filmed and produced an online course in Illustrating for Children's Books.
The Scarecrows' Wedding,
Designed with Axel Scheffler.
32-page picture book, printed on matt art paper, cover jacket printed 4-colour both front and reverse.
Further titles include Tiddler, Stick Man, Tabby McTat, Zog, The Highway Rat and Superworm.
Each of the above are published in hardback and paperback, with an extensive programme of additional titles including boards books, early readers, activity books, sound books, gift editions and bind-ups. Over the last 10 years I have overseen the design and art direction for all of these along with the marketing campaigns which accompany them, including Adshel campaigns, posters, postcards, badges, crockery and even a field of maize cut into a maze!
Art direction and design of the award-winning debut picture book from Nicholas John Frith.
Printed in pantone ink throughout onto wood-free paper. Published by Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic UK. 2015
Designed with Sharon Rentta.
32-page picture book printed on wood free paper, cover finish matt laminate with spot UV.
Other titles include: A Day with the Animal Doctors, A Day with the Animal Firefighter, A Day with the Animal Builders, A Day at the Animal Airport, Dogs Go Shopping, Sidney the Blue Elephant and Sidney Goes to School.
Designed with Kate Leake.
32-page picture book, printed on matt art paper, cover finish matt laminate with spot UV.
Other titles include: Never Say NO to a Princess and The Very Messy Mermaid.
Published by Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic uk, 2016