Wednesday, 27 July 2016

New website, new blog...

A quick note to say I have been updating my website (finally after many, many years) to bring it into the modern age with a more responsive, user friendly guise for different platforms. I am also updating/relocating this blog too, and all future posts will be on my new wordpress powered platform here

My URL is not changing, my online home is still -

My blog will now be directly linked from my main website at - 

Please update your links, and come and visit me soon :)


PS- I have tried to ensure broken links are kept to a minimum but there may be a few glitches out there...

Thursday, 14 July 2016

There's a dragon in my sketchbook...

Dragon © Nicola L Robinson 2016
An inky dragon in my sketchbook...

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Jungle doorway with crocodile, paper cut illustration

Jungle doorway illustration © Nicola L Robinson 2016

I'm still not sure what to call this illustration, it has been a bit of an experimental one, and has taken a lot longer to put together between all my other work and projects than planned but I've finally managed to take a photo of the full piece to show. 
RAWR! said the stone cat... © Nicola L Robinson 2016

CAW! replied the vulture-like bird © Nicola L Robinson 2016

The monkey said nothing at all... © Nicola L Robinson 2016

We are going on an adventure... © Nicola L Robinson 2016
Vaguely inspired by the Jungle Book, and featuring a big crocodile, my absolute all time favourite animal. I had in mind ancient temples and forgotton lost worlds, and lots of twisty vines and trees. (I haven't seen the new disney film, and had no idea it was being made until recently) The vines and trees were inspired by the overgrown wilderness of having a new garden to take care of and the rest of the elements grew into place around this.

It might not be obvious from the photograph but this piece is not flat, it is part papercut with area carefully cut out by hand with my scalpel. The result is a kind of three dimensional illustration, which I rather like... I have plans for more paper cut work when I find the time.

Cut out illustration with blue fingernails © Nicola L Robinson 2016

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Animals... Inky cats, vultures and a monkey too...

Angry Inky Cat © Nicola L Robinson 2016

Vulture © Nicola L Robinson 2016

Monkey © Nicola L Robinson 2016

Vulture no 2 © Nicola L Robinson 2016
Some creatures from something a bit experimental I've been working on lately...

Friday, 1 April 2016

Into the woods... inky, twisty trees illustration in progress....

 Off into the woods in my studio today, I hope those little critters are friendly...

Inky trees illustration © Nicola L Robinson 

Inky trees illustration © Nicola L Robinson 

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

SCBWI Bologna Illustration showcase and an interview...

A couple of bits of exciting news to share today, firstly I recently discovered I have been selected by the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) to be part of the 2016 Illustrator's Gallery at the Bologna Book festival this year!

Three Billy Goat's Gruff © Nicola L Robinson All rights reserved.
My Three Billy Goats Gruff Illustration © Nicola L Robinson

My Three Billy Goats Gruff illustration was selected as a finalist and given an honorable mention too, and will be on display at the SCBWI booth during the festival along with some wonderful work from fellow illustrators. It is a real honour to be part of it.

As a result of this I have also been interviewed about my work as a children's book illustrator and author by the lovely Elisabeth Norton for the Cynsations blog.

You can read my interview here...

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Happy St David's Day!

My newest Welsh dragon hatchling, starring in his own video... Happy St David's Day to all my Welsh friends!

Welsh Dragon © Nicola L Robinson 2016
My Welsh Dragon wants to wish you all a Happy St David's Day! RAWR!
Posted by Teeth and Claws on Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Friday, 19 February 2016

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Year of the Monkey...

Year of the Monkey © Nicola L Robinson 2016
Release the monkeys! © Nicola L Robinson 2016
My monkey themed illustration to mark Chinese New Year 2016! Welcome to the Year of the Monkey, the fire monkey to be precise.

Have no fear, these fiery little chaps aren't harbingers of doom aka Wizard of Oz flying monkeys, they're just pleased to be here and looking to spread a little mischief too...

Once again, Happy New year folks :)

Release the monkeys...

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Romantic dragons, cats and dinosaurs... New for Valentine's Day :)

New card designs © Nicola L Robinson 2016

Christmas seems like a distant memory now as 2016 gets into gear, and my calendar tells me that it isn't long now til the most romatic day of the year, Valentine's Day... last year I launched my very first Valentine Card design featuring my illustration of a couple of romatic red Welsh dragons, I was really pleased with the response I got and this year I've added two more designs, one with cats and the other dinosaurs.

All three designs are available now as high quality cards and special signed prints directly from me at Teeth and Claws... Valentine Cards at Teeth and Claws

All cards are blank inside for your own message and also suitable to celebrate other special occasions... Weddings, Engagement, Anniversary etc

Also available in my Etsy and Folksy Shops too.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Happy New Year! Here's to 2016....

Pen and Ink Illustration © Nicola L Robinson 2016
© Nicola L Robinson 2016
Happy New Year folks! Here's to a very happy, healthy and generally excellent 2016 :)