Friday, 18 January 2013

Hairy Dragon - It's so cold even my dragons are growing fur.

Yesterday this little guy appeared on the edge of my page-

Little pencil scribble dragon.
Hello little scribble dragon! how very nice to meet you... last night after dinner and with glass of wine and pen in hand he evolved into this, a rather hairy dragon.
A rather hairy dragon, pen and ink. All rights reserved.

Seems apt given all the recent snow and ice we've been having that my dragons have started to grow fur to keep warm. Of course he can still breathe fire (what kind of dragon would he be otherwise?) but that does take quite a lot of effort, and now he'll have to be extra careful not to singe his lovely new coat, the smell of burning dragon hair is really revolting.

All pen and ink on paper, roughly A4 in size. I find the majority of my work for clients is in full colour, but I do really love working in black and white when I get the chance too, gives the opportunity for lots of little details and ink stains on the fingers.

I hope everyone is keeping warm!

Monday, 14 January 2013 - Illustrator of the Week!

Just a quick blog post to say that I am honoured to have been selected as illustrator of the week over on!
Ta - da! a quick screen capture for proof.

Visit my portfolio page here -
Nicola L Robinson -

Monday, 7 January 2013

International Book Giving Day 2013

Happy New Year all! 2013 is here at last, and I'd like to start the year off by taking a moment to encourage all you book lovers to get involved in celebrating International Book Giving Day, which is happening on February 14th (very apt) and aims to increase children's access and enthusiasm for books.

There are a number of ways you can celebrate including -
1) giving a book to a friend or family member 
2) leaving a book in a waiting room for children to read
3) donating a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need. 

I have designed a bookplate for the event, featuring a cute monster, which people can use to attach to books they give... 
My Bookplate design for International Book Giving Day

International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer, grassroots initiative. You can find out everything you need to know about getting involved by visiting the official website here-

You can also follow International Book Giving Day on Twitter  @bookgivingday