NOTABLE BOATS IS PUBLISHED
After working on forty line and wash paintings for this book in the autumn of last year, it has now hit the shelves and I'm really pleased with how it looks. Nic Compton's evocative and thrilling accounts of each little boats adventures are interspersed with deck plans, and my watercolours set on a 'designer' pale grey ground.
The U.K. version has the full compliment of 40 boats, with explorer Roald Amundsen's plucky little 70 ft sloop Gjøa, in which he made the first voyage through the elusive North West Passage in the early 1900's. It is published in hardback by Ivy Press.
The U.S. version, published by Rizzoli, features on it's cover Josiah Lawlor's 15ft boat 'Sea Sepent' in which he won a 45 day race across the wild Atlantic Ocean in 1891.
"Visually Impactful" Vanity Fair
I am working on four new book projects at present, two about transport, one about bees and another exciting new children's book. In addition I am working with a U.S. company on a series of artworks.
In the mean time, I illustrate the new 'Hidden Britain' regular feature in 'B.B.C. Wildlife', the U.K. number 1 paid for wildlife magazine.
I also continue to provide illustrations for Imagine Publishing's successful magazines 'World of Animals', 'How it Works' and 'All About History'.
A NEW CHILDREN'S BOOK
I teach evening classes throughout the year at Riccall near York, and have day workshops at a variety of locations. I focus on water based media, usually watercolour, gouache, ink and wash or acrylic. Details for 2017 classes are on the 'workshop' page on the menu bar if you would like to take part next year.
SCOTT POLAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE
I have been working with the Scott Polar Research Institute, part of Cambridge University, on a range of products this year. The result was a series of 7 penguin cards designed using my artwork for 'Animal Diaries Penguin, published by QED. I also designed two more cards, one featuring Ernest Shackleton's ship 'Endurance' to coincide with their major Shackleton exhibition held this summer. Some more of these cards were ordered by the Falkland Islands Museum in Port Stanley, and an exclusively redesigned bulk order of made for Polar Latitudes, for their polar cruise ship 'Hebridean Isles'. This company also commissioned a new card featuring both 'Endurance' and 'Hebridean Isles'. All these cards are destined for Antarctica.
A picture book for young children, 'A MOMENT LIKE THIS' is published by Igloo books in the UK, US and Canada. The text by Ronne Randall accompanies ten double page spreads of various young animals and their mothers.