Monday, 13 February 2012

Cat Lady and Bonsai Trees

Cat lady and Bonsai - © 2012 Nicola L Robinson

I confess I don't have any cats, or other pets for that matter, but there are an inordinate number of the feline critters living around my neighbourhood and they do frequent the garden and occasionally attempt to come into our house if we leave a door ajar for too many seconds and they see an opportunity...

I have no idea who owns these cats, but I like to think they might all be the pampered pets of some cat lady or other, a bit like the cat lady here. An older lady, living in her Victorian house (the stunning wallpaper is entirely my own creation and is not available to buy anywhere, thankfully) with her cats, a wily and somewhat wiry ginger moggie, with green eyes, a large fluffy white Persian with big round telescopic blue eyes (he isn't overfed, that mass is all fur, honestly you should see him when he gets a bath) and the ubiquitous black cat with his amber eyes, cautiously investigating one of the many carnivorous plants which the lady grows and nurtures.

Her pride and joy aside from the cats are the bonsai, tiny trees bent and twisted in miniature, which she waters from a teapot, possibly with some kind of tea, and on the trees are tiny birds, which fly up and out of an open window as the cats look on with obvious interest.

The illustration is a large double page spread, and is fairly detailed at full size however it does not reproduce too well at 600px wide,  so I have picked out a few details of the cats here-

The wiry ginger cat with the green eyes - © 2012 Nicola L Robinson

The fluffy white Persian with the big blue eyes - © 2012 Nicola L Robinson

The black cat with the amber eyes - © 2012 Nicola L Robinson

To view a slightly larger version of this see the Cat lady and Bonsai illustration on my website here



Friday, 10 February 2012

Magnus Fin Trilogy- Janis Mackay - Cover art.


Magnus Fin - Cover art

One of the nicest things about illustrating is when you get to see your work in its printed form, on the cover of a book, or inside a magazine or on a 50ft high billboard or wherever it is intended to go. 

Today the postman brought me a package from Edinburgh, and inside an advance copy of 'Magnus Fin and the Selkie Secret', part of a trilogy which I have had the pleasure of doing cover art for.

It is a lovely book, I'm really pleased with how it has come out, nice silky waxy matte cover with the title picked out in a deep bronze foil. 

Here it is on my dining table, amazing how challenging it is to photograph a book!


'Magnus Fin and the Selkie Secret' is the third in the trilogy of children's adventure stories by author Janis Mackay. Magnus Fin is not your average schoolboy, on his eleventh birthday he discovers that he is half Selkie - half human and half seal for those not up to speed on their Scottish mythology, and the books follow his exciting underwater adventures.

All three books in the series, in a little pile.

The first book in the series - 'Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest' won the Kelpies prize in 2009, and was followed by 'Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission' in 2011.

'Magnus Fin and the Selkie Secret' is published by Floris Books, on their Kelpies imprint, and is available from 23rd February, 2012.

To find out more about Janis and her work visit her website - Janis Mackay

To see more about Magnus Fin and the many other Kelpies books visit - Kelpies