Wednesday, 27 July 2016

New website, new blog...

A quick note to say I have been updating my website (finally after many, many years) to bring it into the modern age with a more responsive, user friendly guise for different platforms. I am also updating/relocating this blog too, and all future posts will be on my new wordpress powered platform here

My URL is not changing, my online home is still -

My blog will now be directly linked from my main website at - 

Please update your links, and come and visit me soon :)


PS- I have tried to ensure broken links are kept to a minimum but there may be a few glitches out there...

Thursday, 14 July 2016

There's a dragon in my sketchbook...

Dragon © Nicola L Robinson 2016
An inky dragon in my sketchbook...

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Jungle doorway with crocodile, paper cut illustration

Jungle doorway illustration © Nicola L Robinson 2016

I'm still not sure what to call this illustration, it has been a bit of an experimental one, and has taken a lot longer to put together between all my other work and projects than planned but I've finally managed to take a photo of the full piece to show. 
RAWR! said the stone cat... © Nicola L Robinson 2016

CAW! replied the vulture-like bird © Nicola L Robinson 2016

The monkey said nothing at all... © Nicola L Robinson 2016

We are going on an adventure... © Nicola L Robinson 2016
Vaguely inspired by the Jungle Book, and featuring a big crocodile, my absolute all time favourite animal. I had in mind ancient temples and forgotton lost worlds, and lots of twisty vines and trees. (I haven't seen the new disney film, and had no idea it was being made until recently) The vines and trees were inspired by the overgrown wilderness of having a new garden to take care of and the rest of the elements grew into place around this.

It might not be obvious from the photograph but this piece is not flat, it is part papercut with area carefully cut out by hand with my scalpel. The result is a kind of three dimensional illustration, which I rather like... I have plans for more paper cut work when I find the time.

Cut out illustration with blue fingernails © Nicola L Robinson 2016

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Animals... Inky cats, vultures and a monkey too...

Angry Inky Cat © Nicola L Robinson 2016

Vulture © Nicola L Robinson 2016

Monkey © Nicola L Robinson 2016

Vulture no 2 © Nicola L Robinson 2016
Some creatures from something a bit experimental I've been working on lately...

Friday, 1 April 2016

Into the woods... inky, twisty trees illustration in progress....

 Off into the woods in my studio today, I hope those little critters are friendly...

Inky trees illustration © Nicola L Robinson 

Inky trees illustration © Nicola L Robinson 

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

SCBWI Bologna Illustration showcase and an interview...

A couple of bits of exciting news to share today, firstly I recently discovered I have been selected by the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) to be part of the 2016 Illustrator's Gallery at the Bologna Book festival this year!

Three Billy Goat's Gruff © Nicola L Robinson All rights reserved.
My Three Billy Goats Gruff Illustration © Nicola L Robinson

My Three Billy Goats Gruff illustration was selected as a finalist and given an honorable mention too, and will be on display at the SCBWI booth during the festival along with some wonderful work from fellow illustrators. It is a real honour to be part of it.

As a result of this I have also been interviewed about my work as a children's book illustrator and author by the lovely Elisabeth Norton for the Cynsations blog.

You can read my interview here...

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Happy St David's Day!

My newest Welsh dragon hatchling, starring in his own video... Happy St David's Day to all my Welsh friends!

Welsh Dragon © Nicola L Robinson 2016
My Welsh Dragon wants to wish you all a Happy St David's Day! RAWR!
Posted by Teeth and Claws on Tuesday, 1 March 2016