Monday, 12 March 2012

The Cat with Iron Claws by Catherine Fisher, Illustrated by Nicola L Robinson

Cover Illustration for The Cat with Iron Claws by Catherine Fisher
I have just received advance copies of another recent illustration project, this time I have been working in the Celtic style for a magical story written by award winning poet and novelist Catherine Fisher and published by Pont Books.
'The Cat with Iron Claws' is a short retelling of an old legend, in the Welsh triad tradition. It is the tale of Henwen the magic sow and her terrible offspring Cath Palug, or Palug's Cat.  (Which graces the cover)

Internal illustration of Black Horses from The Cat with Iron Claws

I have loved mythology and legend since I was given a book of greek myths as a child and have had tremendous fun illustrating  'The Cat With Iron Claws', working with the lovely  Viv Sayer (editor for Pont Books) I have produced cover art featuring the Cat itself and 6 full colour illustrations throughout the text. I have taken a few photo's from inside the book-

Internal illustration of Henwen from The Cat with Iron Claws

I have also had fun devising a number of celtic knotwork decorations and chapter spot illustrations-

Chapter 2 spot illustration, a little Henwen!
Chapter 4 spot illustration, the sons of Palug.

The Cat with Iron Claws is published by Pont Books (Gomer Press) on March 15th 2012 and is the first book in the Island of the Mighty series.

Gomer Press - The Cat With Iron Claws

In October 2011 Catherine Fisher was chosen as the first Young People's laureate for Wales. 

Catherine's Website -

Sunday, 4 March 2012

The Monster Machine, by Nicola L Robinson. (My first picture book.)

My very own picture book, written and illustrated by me, published by Pavilion Children's books.

This has been a very exciting time for me of late, along with illustrating book covers and other illustration projects (which I love) I have written and illustrated my first picture book, 'The Monster Machine', due for release later this year in May, published by the delightful people at Pavilion Children's books.

It has been a fantastic project to work on and I cannot explain how excited I am to finally have a copy in it's final form in my hands, there is more to come on this, but for now, I have managed to get the Monsters to stay still for a quick photo of the super advance copy.

 (Unbelieveable how challenging it is to take a photo of a flat, still image. I can only imagine how Harry Potter and co get on in the wizarding world.)

Destructor- Progressive Metal EP - CD Cover Art

Although most of my illustration work ends up on some form of book I do occasionally have some fun projects for other media, a recent one has been creating illustrations for CD, including cover art, tray inserts and on body printed art.
Here is my work on 'Destructor' a progressive metal EP by Gareth Thomas released on Gareth's indie record label 'Garfomusic'.

Destructor Cover Art by Nicola L Robinson
I designed a red and black cover with a stylised industrial theme, complete with some threatening looking cogs and machinery and industrial cooling towers in silhouette. Contrasting yellow hand drawn lettering.

Destructor on body art by Nicola L Robinson
The red and black theme continues across the whole CD and inlays, the black cat with the yellow eyes and the GM on his side is Garfo, the logo and mascot for GarfoMusic. 

The music on Destructor can be best described as Progressive metal, with a focus on heavy yet melodic guitars. It takes on a wide array of influences from the heavy thrash elements of Nevermore and Arch Enemy, though to the lighter Prog trip outs of Camel and King Crimson. 
Gareth can best be described as a musician, composer, guitarist, and all round noisemaker. (a claim I can vouch most sincerely as Gareth is also my partner)
Actual CD in case- the shiny reflective cover is not easy to photograph...
Interior of open CD case, with printed CD. Note the label is not a sticker, it is printed directly on the CD.
The Destructor EP is available for sale directly through Gareth's website as a hardcopy (as photographed) and also for digital download at both CD Baby and iTunes

Gareth's Website - GarfoMusic 

(Note- Although digital downloads provide instant gratification, I would personally recommend getting a hardcopy- that goes for books too, a tangible object which you can hold in your hands is reassuring in this increasingly uncertain world...)