Mountains To Sea Book Festival

This past weekend I was fortunate to attend the lovely Irish book festival that is Mountains to Sea. I had a wonderful time with both of my events and enjoyed visiting the beautiful town of Dún Laoghaire. I met some incredible booky people including Eoin Colfer, Sarah Mcintyre, Phillip Reeve, Chris Houghton, P.J. Lynch and many others. Here are a few pictures from the weekend. Thank you Ireland and thank you to the brilliant Sarah Webb for inviting me. 

Waterstones Book Prize Shortlist 2017

I am super excited to tell you all that I have been shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize 2017 with my debut picture book, SUPER STAN! It's such an honour and a privellage to be shortlisted for such a prestigious prize. I'm with some excellent company including 2 other MA buddies! 

The local BBC team did an excellent feature on me last week. The video for the interview can be found here.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

What a year 2016 has been. We have had to say goodbye to many cultural icons and also goodbye to some political relationships that have defined the country we live in.

This year has seen the publication of my first picture book and there has also been the publication of a couple of collaborative projects. Thank you to everyone that's been involved!

2017 is set to become a very exciting year for me. There are lots of exciting things in the pipeline but a lot of them are very hush hush at the moment. 

Hope you all have a lovely holiday and hope 2017 is a very special year for you all.

Heffers Book Event

Last weekend I had my very first book event at Heffers bookshop in Cambridge. It was a joint event with illustration buddies Fabi Santiago and Hrefna Bragadottir. It was lovely seeing excited children being arty and creating wonderful things. Below are a few photos from the event. Thank you Heffers for letting us create a mess in your bookshop and thank you to the children and parents of Cambridge. Until next time...

Canada Eh?

I've had a very busy couple of months. Not only did I finish illustrating the first book in a trilogy for Bloomsbury titled, The Great Shelby Holmes: Girl Detective but I also went on the trip of a lifetime to the Canadian Rockies to say my final farewell to my late parents. I have also just started illustrating a brand new picture book for Frances Lincoln.

Shelby Holmes: This was a really fun little project and it was the first time where I've produced black and white illustrations. I got the job through the lovely designer, Andrea, who I previously worked with on the Anne Fine book, Under the Bed. Bloomsbury allowed me to give the main protagonist crazy hair which is always a positive thing to have in a children's fiction title! Below is an image of the cover. The first book is due for release 12th January 2017.

Canada: We spent almost 3 weeks travelling across the Rockies from Vancouver to Calgary. It was just...STUNNING! Here's a few photos taken from the trip.

Book Launch

Last week I officially launched Super Stan with help from Henry at the amazing Book Hive, Norwich. It was a joint launch with my illustrator buddy Julia Groves who has a series of lovely board books published by Childs Play. It was a lovely evening and was so nice to see so many familiar and new faces. Here's a few photos from the night.

Super Fans

Here's a picture of my friend's children, Walter and Arthur enjoying SUPER STAN.

And here's a picture of my aunty reading the book to Ruby.

Moon

Hi all! As I mentioned in a previous post I was fortunate to be part of an alternative movie poster exhibition which is now on at the wonderful Abbeygate Cinema in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. There are a very limited number of prints but they can all be viewed (and bought) on the Off The Press' Etsy page here. ‪#‎offthepressuk‬

Here's a picture of my poster:

Happy (belated) New Year!

So 2016 has been a rather busy year so far. I'm currently working on  the colour artwork for a book published by Orion written by the 'White Giraffe' author, Lauren St John, titled 'A Friend for Christmas'. This is a 64 page full colour illustrated early reader which is due to be published in the Autumn. 

Whilst working on the Orion title I have also been working on a new project for Bloomsbury which will be part of a three book series. I'll post some images as soon as I can...

Until then, ta ta!! :-) 

Off the Press

I was recently contacted by some good friends of mine to produce a piece of work for an upcoming exhibition in Buy St Edmunds. The exhibition will be held inside a cinema foyer and so the theme is movie based. Here's a sneaky peek at my design. Each design will be screen printed in two colours by the printing group 'Off the Press'.

The exhibition is due to take place in March at the Abbeygate Cinema in Bury St Edmunds.

Arr!

Recently I completed illustrating a book written by Eoin Colfer which will be published by Barrington Stoke early next spring. It was a lovely little project and I felt very privileged to be associated with such a well known children's author. Here's a sneak peak:

Whilst waiting to fully begin my next paid project I've been spending a bit of time on some self-penned stories. My latest project is called, The Fastest Pirate and includes a lady pirate with a rather long (fake) beard...

More to come soon!...

Summer's over

Summer's over for another year and so it's back to working in the studio whilst looking outside at the grey sky...Booooo!!! 

This week saw the release of a little book I illustrated for OUP written by Kate Scott called, 'The Two Finlay Herberts.'

[Blurb] Finlay and Finlay share the same name but not much else except for their love of the Monster Pets computer game, and their annoying younger siblings! One day, theres a crackle and a pop, and the two Finlays swap lives ... The Two Finlay Herberts is an engaging tale about appreciating what you have in life, including younger siblings ... even if they are annoying! 

It was a lovely little book to illustrate and was interesting using a very limited palette to distinguish the two different characters.


You can buy a copy here

Currently I'm working on illustrating a text by the fantastic Eoin Colfer for Barrington Stoke. Here is a very sneaky peek at one of the roughs...

Busy busy busy...

Currently I'm working on two titles for OUP Australia/New Zealand and developing some story ideas for my next picture book. As the work is in development I can't show anything yet. In the meantime, here's a picture I did for my wife Amy (complete with the cats!) for our 3rd Wedding anniversary which was on the 28th April.

Goodbye Mum

The Last couple of months have been very difficult for me as I lost my mother to a short battle with Cancer. She had a very rare form of cancer which grew incredibly fast and was totally untreatable. I will miss her deeply and think about her every day.

It's been extremely difficult to cope with losing both parents within 4 years of each other but thanks to my family and friends I have been able to stay possitive.

Thank you. x

The Illustrator Challenge

Hello everyone and Happy New Year. January was a busy month for. I had to finish the last touches to my first picture book (Orchard Books 2016) and I started illustrating a book for Oxford University Press. As this project are still in development I won't be able to show you any artwork for these yet, however, there has been a thing going around Facebook called the Illustrator Challenge where each illustrator uploads 3 images for 5 days. I was nominated by the very talented Steven Lenton and here are the images I uploaded (there are a few extras as well!). They're taken from a number of different projects. Some you may have already seen through this website and others not. Enjoy!

Super Stan

As you may be aware I am currently working on my first picture book with Orchard books. The book will be called 'Super Stan' and is about sibling rivalry. The Super 'Boy' character has been 'flying' around my head for some years now and it's great that he's finally going to be released into the world.

I've just been looking at some old posts in my archive and came across this image which was produced back in 2007 (January). Nearly 8 years ago!

The character has changed over the years and this isn't even the first image I produced of the Super Boy but unfortunately I can't seem to locate the really early images... Anyhow, here's the image from 2007. I find it funny looking back at my older work and it's encouraging for me to see my work's progression over the years. It's all thanks to the Cambridge School of Art MA in Children's Book Illustration!

Xmas!! Yer what!

Hi all, it's that time of year again when suddenly people want to spend lots of money on loved ones and they call it Christmas. In the Robertson household I normally produce a Christmas card. I created this on a few weeks back and it may become 2014's card. Haven't quite decided yet though. These are a couple of old characters that I've been thinking of again... Bear and Guin.