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.

Hello Autumn

Hi all! Sorry for the recent lack of uploads. I've been busy working on Super Stan, my first picture book. As soon as I'm allowed, I'll show you some sneaky images but until then I won't be able to show you any new artwork. Hope all is well with everyone! Take care. Byeeeeee

Ice Bucket Challenge

Three little words, ice, bucket, challenge the social media craze of the summer. I thought I had escaped until I was was nominated by two people on the same day! D'oh!!! Anyway, I don't believe in wasting water  (and I don't like the idea of chucking freezing cold water all over myself) so I produced an illustration and donated to Water Aid instead. #icebucketdoodle

Hello world

So it's nearly the end of summer and I can't believe it's here already!! I've been extremely busy and it's mostly because of illustration work...which is great. I've been busily working on a young fiction title for Egmont which is very nearly finished and will out next year. Here is a very sneaky peak of one of the images...

A worried looking boy...

I have also been involved with illustrating a couple of board books for a very well known publisher but unfortunately this has been shelved for the moment. Here's an image from the project.

Snippet from board book spread

There's lots of other news to show and tell but that will have to wait until next time as I now need to fly off to Ireland to become a very lucky boy's Godfather. Lucky Fionn!!

Until then, BYEEEEEEEEE. x

Macmillan Book Prize 2014

What a week it's been!

On Tuesday I was invited along to the Macmillan Book Prize 2014 where I was awarded the Lara Jones Award along with 2nd prize overall. I am chuffed and thrilled that they selected my Blankets book. Everyone at the event was lovely especially Ella Butler, head designer at Campbell Books (Macmillan's toddler book imprint.) I was also very fortunate to chat for a very long time to much celebrated author and illustrator, David Roberts and Emily Gravett. 

Congratulations to everyone that won a prize and who was highly commended. It was a privilege to be among so many talented individuals. A special congratulations goes to the overall winner, Bethan Woollvin and to my good friend, Robert Ramsden who was highly commended. 

Here's a picture of me with Ella at the private view.

Me with Ella Butler

Bologna

This year my work is amongst many talented illustrators on the Cambridge School of Art stand at Bologna Book Fair, Hall 25 stand B/122. Please pop along and have a look if you happen to be there. Unfortunately I was unable to go this year but am there in spirit. More pictures to come soon...

Superstan's biggest fan

I would just like to show this sweet picture of a little girl called Rosa.

We stayed at her parents, Hannah and Dave's place at the weekend which have me the chance to test my book. Luckily she totally enjoyed the book and apparently her mum, Hannah, has had to read the story 5 times. Sorry Han! 

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A very happy Rosa.

Cambridge School of Art MA Show 2014

Last week I exhibited the results of two and a half years of hard labour at my MA show at the Candid Arts Gallery in Islington, London. As I entered the exhibition last Monday to hang up work I felt a huge mix bag of emotions. Firstly I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of talent on show and secondly I felt sad for this would probably be the last time everyone would be together in one room.

 My Space at the MA Exhibition

My Space at the MA Exhibition

What an amazing bunch of people my fellow students are! I have truly loved the experience of getting to know  most of the 65 students that graduated this year. There have been many tears and many successes along the way and everyone has grown to become brilliant illustrators. Personally I would love to thank my poor wife who has had to put up with a sometimes very grumpy and stressed husband over the last couple of years. It's been worth while though and I feel ready to tackle the publishing world!

 One of my favourite comments from my comments book. Thanks Martha!

One of my favourite comments from my comments book. Thanks Martha!

I wish everyone the world of success and i hope to meet you all again one day...

Happy New Year

Hello!

I've had a very busy couple of months. Firstly I started a new full time job at the end of November (on my birthday!) and secondly I completed my masters stage project for my MA. It's been a difficult time but believe I have produced some of the best work that I've ever created. Here is a sneak peek at one of the spreads for my latest book, SUPERSTAN.

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Next month (11-15th February) I will be amongst a selection of very fine illustrators when I exhibit my work at the MA Children's Book Illustration show in the Candid Gallery, London. It's a celebration and testament to what hard work and determination can bring when you really put your mind towards something.  

Feel free to come along and to be amazed at everyone's incredible work. Here's a flyer for the exhibition designed by the very talented Simona Ciraolo. 

Please note: The private view is intended for publishing professionals only.

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The Delivery Comic

So this week I was asked by a couple of friends of mine, Lottie Stoddart and Emma Armitage  to create a panel for their online comic.

Each week they take turns with the next instalment of the story and it comes out every Friday!

No rules, no pre planning, each week is a surprise.
They made one decision together, 

It begins with a delivery…

Here's a link to the site. thedeliverycomic.tumblr.com

And here is my contribution which will feature in episode ten.

 

...Something different

After I finished the cover in the previous post I was a bit stuck with what to do next so I decided to re-visit the Last Dino project. I wanted to produce something quickly and expressively. This was really just an experiment in mark making and colour practice. 

Woody

Here's a little picture of Woody Allen that I produced for the Little White Lies competition.
#littlewhitewoody

SUPES!

Hello. It's been bloomin ages since I last posted. I've been busy working on little commissions and I've been trying to figure out the look for my new book project which I've found to be pretty hard. Sometimes you have an image in your head of what you want the illustration to look like but when it comes to drawing/painting it it's never quite right! Anyway, here's an image recently created for my story about an annoying super brother.