Finding Inspiration in Books

My friend and author Christine Bernard approached me recently to see if I would be interested in doing some marketing-ish posts on social media for her, inspired by her novels. Of course, I leapt at the opportunity because she was allowing me full creative freedom over what to do, whether it be a photograph, illustration or sketch… and nothing is better than that freedom for an illustrator! It really makes a project fun.

I created my book-inspired drawings a few weeks apart and did something a little different with each one. It’s great to see them side by side now.


Above: My illustrations inspired by “Will” , “Mute” and “Unravel” by Christine Bernard.

To find out more about the books and where to get them go to


I am very excited to announce that a handful of my designs will be showing at Surtex 2018 in New York in just a few days time! This is a first for me to have my work at one of the big design trade shows and I feel very honoured to be represented by Pattern Observer alongside many fantastic designers. Wishing everyone in the Pattern Observer team a very successful show!

“Now in its 32nd year, SURTEX® is the global B2B marketplace for sourcing original art & design—where artists, art agents, licensing agencies and licensors connect with manufacturers, retailers and licensees to create the next best-selling products in every category imaginable.” SURTEX website.


Character Development – Squirreled Away

These pieces were created for a portfolio building course I took with Make Art That Sells which ran for 5 weeks during February and March. We were given three manuscripts to choose from, for which we would develop our main character, secondary characters, one full colour spread, and a cover design. Below are my pieces for the various stages.

First character sketches
First colour version and proposed colour palette
Revised palette and final character
Character development – facial expressions
Finished spread, including text by Zoe Tucker
Cover ideas – teal
Edited cover – white to show the snowy forest