Orfeia

"When you can find me an acre of land,

Every sage grows merry in time,

Between the ocean and the sand

Then will you be united again".

So begins a beautiful and tragic quest as a heartbroken mother sets out to save her lost daughter, through the realms of the real, of dream, and even into the underworld itself.

Written by the international recognised author Joanne Harris and published by Gollancz.

For this book I created nearly 30 black & white original pencil illustrations including these end pages inspired by the authors own daughter and bluebell woods.

To see some of my favourite illustrations from this blue click

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The Blue Salt Road

"An earthly nourris sits and sings
And aye she sings, "Ba lilly wean,
Little ken I my bairn's father,
Far less the land that he staps in." 
(Child Ballad, no. 113)


So begins a stunning tale of love, loss and revenge, against a powerful backdrop of adventure on the high seas, and drama on the land. The Blue Salt Road balances passion and loss, love and violence and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless, wild young man.

In 2018 following the success of "A Pocketful of Crows", Joanne Harris created a second stunning novella and once again asked me to illustrate it. For The Blue Salt Road I drew 24 black and white pencil illustrations plus end pages.

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A Pocketful of Crows

In 2017, internationally best selling author Joanne Harris had an idea to create a series of fully illustrated adult folklore stories, based partly on the ancient English "Child Ballads" 

"I am as brown as brown can be,
And my eyes as black as sloe;
I am as brisk as brisk can be,
And wild as forest doe."
(The Child Ballads, 295)

So begins a beautiful tale of love, loss and revenge. Following the seasons, A Pocketful of Crows balances youth and age, wisdom and passion and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless wild girl.

 

It was at this time, and quite by accident, Joanne first saw my drawings. At this point I had never illustrated a book, but both Joanne and the publisher, Gollancz decided to take a chance on an unknown artist. So I had only 12 weeks to complete all 24 black and white illustrations.

To see some of my favourite illustrations from this blue click

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