Uki and the Outcasts

Podkin takes a rest in Kieran Larwood’s latest book, but we are very much in the same rabbit-centric universe. Here are a few illustrations, interspersed with some ‘in progress’ examples. As usual, once the roughs are approved, I start the drawing with a cheap H pencil, and gradually build up the tones using increasingly dark …

Way of the Waves

The sequel to Riddle of the Runes by Janina Ramirez is out next week, so here are some illustrations and behind-the-scenes thingies. Having developed a line and wash technique for the first book, I was obliged to stick with a similar approach. It involves drawing on very rough and heavy watercolour paper with a Faber-Castell …

Developing the Drum

For the third Discworld Emporium Jigsaw, it was decided that a visit to the Mended Drum was in order. What follows is an overview of how the picture developed, featuring some of the original briefs and sketches. It’s hard to convey how tricky the whole thing was, which is annoying as everyone says it’s much …

Larklight Rising

Due no doubt to Mr Reeve’s literary success and the recent interest in his excellent Mortal Engines books, Larklight has been reissued with yet another cover. Here is a recap of what can be expected within its Victorian-suffused pages… Marvel as the full force of the law is brought down upon alien miscreants… Ponder the …

Podkin Part Three

September sees the release of the latest instalment of Podkin’s adventures. Here are a few of the illustrations… I have some posh new pencils to help me do the drawings… They are called Blackwing and only come in three grades. In fact, they are so posh, they arrive unsharpened, as if the mere act of …