Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Sleeping Beauty (Don't sleep with your mouth open) Pen and ink illustration

Sleeping Beauty Pen and Ink illustration - © 2013 Nicola L Robinson all rights reserved.
Ah fairytales, we all love them, well most of us I think. I've been missing my pen and ink work for a little while, but this recent heatwave has prevented use of anything else, watercolour and ink washes have been drying far too fast for my liking and my computer has been grinding malevolently in my non- air conditioned studio, so I've taken the opportunity to get some black and white work done.

Sleeping Beauty (who isn't dead, honestly) is deep in slumber on her rickety iron bed, clutching her teddy bear and dreaming sweetly...

Click on the picture to see a slightly larger version.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Monster Crocodile! and a moment of reflection.

Monster crocodile illustration © 2013 Nicola L Robinson All Rights Reserved

I love my work as an illustrator, it makes me very happy, I love working with art directors and designers. I love the problem solving involved in putting together a book cover to best represent the story inside without giving too much away but still hopefully enticing enough to make a would be reader pick it up and explore. I love diligently researching for projects which require specific consideration be it for a particular time period in history or theme. I love drawing expressions on characters and making the faces while I draw, I love adding silly extra details, and sometimes getting to read manuscripts before everyone else does, I love my work.

But sometimes, the inner creative self demands satisfaction by working on personal projects which are unlikely to win commissions for the regular clients. In my case I usually find myself in my own universe of big monstrous creatures and odd cityscapes, often there is a David and Golaith theme running through too, and this newest piece is no different. Also I've given myself the opportunity to draw a crocodile, albeit a mutant one. (count the eyes) As ever much of the detail has been sucked out of this piece by saving for web, but if you click on the picture you'll get to see it a little larger.

My favourite animal, and this is for as long as I can remember, is the crocodile, particularly Crocodylus porosus the saltwater crocodile. Because he is the biggest, obviously. haha. I'd love to illustrate a crocodile book :)

Friday, 12 July 2013

The Scottish Children's Book Awards...

From one children's book award to another! I'm thrilled to learn that not just one, but two of the children's books which I had the pleasure of illustrating covers for have been shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book awards!

HUGE congratulations to both authors, very well deserved ladies!

Daniela Sacerdoti - ReallyWeirdRemovals.com 
Janis Mackay - The Accidental Time Traveller

Both fabulous books, check them out....

Both books are published by the superb Floris Books, under their popular Kelpies imprint, who I've had the pleasure of working with on cover art for a number of years now.  

The award is voted for exclusively by children across Scotland who are busy reading, discussing and reviewing all the shortlisted titles. It's a fantastic way to get children reading and hopefully inspire a love of books that will last a lifetime.

Happy Reading everyone!

Visit the Scottish Book Trust Website to learn more about the award....

Monday, 8 July 2013

Read it Again! The Cambridgeshire Children's Picture Book Awards 2013...

Proud Beaky Monster with his runner up trophy!
Myself and Beaky Monster (pictured) had a fantastic day out last week meeting lots of young readers and librarians at the Read it Again! Cambridgeshire Children's Picture Book Awards, we were thrilled to have been shortlisted and delighted to come home with a very lovely and very shiny runner up trophy! You can read all about it over on The Monster Machine Blog!