Saturday, 27 October 2012

Monday, 15 October 2012

Nicola L Robinson at the Cheltenham Literature Festival with The Monster Machine

As some of you familiar with my picture book The Monster Machine, published by Pavilion Childrens books will be aware I was at the Cheltenham Literature festival this year! Making Monster Masks and reading The Monster Machine to a sold out audience in the Queens hotel.
Read a full account of the experience with photos on The Monster Machine Blog

Friday, 5 October 2012

Monster Fish Illustration! Grrrr (and surprised Largemouth Bass)

Monster Fish illustration by Nicola L Robinson all rights reserved.
A bit of a fun illustration today, I drew this one with my Dad in mind, who amongst many other things is a keen fisherman, but he wont have caught one like this before...

This is the Monster Fish, he isn't the work of a trickster taxidermist, but a really hairy monster fish, with three eyes. He isn't part of the well known and even uglier angler fish family either, he has three eyes, the third eye being used like a periscope allowing him to swim close to the surface of the water and have a look around.

He is a brightly coloured beast with dense red hair which is coarse to the touch, and black stripes along his sides. The black stripes develop as the Monster Fish reaches maturity, but the row of horns and tusk like teeth are there from birth.

Keep an eye out for him if you go swimming in the sea, he will steal your swimming trunks first, then maybe chew on your leg if he is hungry.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Silver Award for Self Promotion at Images 36 Best of British Illustration

Wow, well, I can announce I had a fantastic time at the Images 36 preview and awards ceremony earlier this week at Somerset House, I also took home the Silver Award for self promotion for my illustration 'Downtown'. I'm absolutely thrilled!
Downtown, on the wall in the Images 36 Show

Me, crouching next to my illustration (it is hung quite low down on the wall)
It has been a long time since I exhibited so it was fantastic to see my work in the show, if you look carefully you might spot some little monsters in the bottom right corner of Downtown... haha :)

The AOI certainly know how to throw a party and there was much wine and beer flowing throughout the event, it was great to be amongst so many other illustrators, the quality of the work is really stunning and I am honoured to have been selected to be part of Images 36.

If you can get to the show do! It is currently at Somerset House from 3rd Octrober through to the 28th and will then be on tour, so keep an eye out for details-
Images 36 tour

Now, back to work...