Monthly Archives: December 2016

Frostblood in Print

My book cover design for Frostblood TPB is the first in the new YA trilogy (Fireblood and Darkblood to come). This will be available to purchase in January 2017. I have managed to get hold of an advanced copy before the Christmas holidays, exciting!! The special finishes is a matt lamination with spot UV on the title, author name and a few glistening icy details.



About the book:

Enter a world where fire and ice are mortal enemies…

Ruby is a Fireblood. In a land ruled by frost, her very existence is a crime. She’s spent her whole life in hiding.

Until the day Frostblood soldiers raid her village and kill her mother. The day she swears to avenge her people.

She must travel deep into the heart of the enemy, to the court of the Frost King, with only the mysterious warrior Arcus – a Frostblood rebel – by her side. But with alliances between flame and ice strictly forbidden, is Arcus friend or foe?

Ruby will only have one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who took everything from her. But she has no idea just how hot her fire will burn…

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NIV David Suchet Audio and Large Print Leather Bible (Gift Edition)

Since I’ve worked at Hodder and Stoughton, I have been working on numerous versions of David Suchet Bible products. But this one is the most expensive, luxurious and heavy! It contains a gold foil stamped and grey cloth covered slipcase, black leather Bible and the 6 CDs in a wallet.


There is an extra detail of the rich red ribbon attached to the CD wallet. This matches with the ribbons on the actual leather bible to keep the product consistent and smart.


The leather bible has matching red ribbons and head and tail bands.


The CD wallet is printed with Pantone red inside.


The fully opened up CD wallet containing the 6 CDs.



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The New Home of the Design Museum 2016

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now. I volunteered for the Open House Architecture Festival back in 2011, where I took visitors on a tour of the former Commonwealth Institute before its renovation into what is now the new Design Museum. In my old blog post, you can see that we were initially told the full transformation would be completed in 2014. This did not happen but finally the Design Museum’s brand new shiny doors have been opened in 2016.

Before in 2011:


After in 2016:


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Bookshop in December 2016

Some more of my book cover designs spotted in various bookshops this December 2016:

The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh PB, Marina Fiorato.


Battlefield of the Mind PB reissue, Joyce Meyer.


Moonstone HB, Sjón, could have been the perfect Christmas present.


The Lovers HB, Rod Nordland, in the Biography section.


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Anatomical Portrait Drawing

This week, I attended the Anatomical Portrait Drawing course at Central Saint Martins. Here are my photos documenting how the days went by. (Illustrations are tutor demonstrations, overall student works and hand outs.)

Day 1 

• Drawing the overall portrait figure.



Day 2

• Drawing the overall portrait figure with a consideration of the anatomical structure (bones, muscles, joints).

• Drawing the the anatomy of the hands, arms and shoulders.




Day 3

• Drawing with more freedom.

• Drawing the anatomy of the feet, legs and hips with an introduction on how to create form.




Day 4

• Drawing the anatomy of the head, neck and spine.



Day 5

• Drawing portraits with influences from historical paintings. Examples such as Hans Holbein and Frank Aucherbach.




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Harmless Like You – A List in Picture and Words

I was sent an email with a link to this lovely image below by illustrator Lizzy Stewart. Her interpretation of my Harmless Like You HB cover design is on the top row.


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Queen Bees Featured in Woman & Home

Queen Bees HB gets a mention in Woman & Home magazine.

‘An irresistible and witty account of six extraordinary women who bucked the system to become society hostesses in the years between the two wars.’


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