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My art has appeared in over 50 books. This has varied from a single black and white illustration to creating the whole book myself. That was Celtic Dreams back in 1998. I did all the type setting, page layout and design for it. Teaching myself what I needed to know as I went along.

There is a list of books covering every book I have been involved in, with a very brief description of the type of content I contributed.

My first commission to produce art for a book came in mid 1994, shortly after my first set of cards being published. It was a case of being in the right place at the right time. My phone call to Element Books, asking if they wanted to use my artwork, coincided with their producing ‘The Encyclopaedia of Celtic Wisdom’ by Caitlin and John Matthews. They liked what they saw of my work. I got the job.

This then led to a contact at Blandford Press, editor Stuart Booth, who oversaw my early major book projects. Which are covered on the page Three Books. My work and style has moved on since these three books but I leave them on this site as a historical record of my work.

Most of the books have required me to do pieces that were more figurative than work I had been doing previously. The somewhat graphic Celtic style. This has allowed me to develop as an artist and so been invaluable to me. They have mostly been monochrome pen and ink images. Quite old fashioned really, as I use a steel dip pen along with technical drawing pens on a hot press watercolour paper. See the examples in the Gallery section for some of these. I like the contrast these produce with my digital work.

From August 2002 to June 2003 I worked on a large scale project for the publishers David and Charles involving over 250 images. The title is 'The Crafter's Design Library - Fantasy'. It was published in February 2004. This was a follow up from 2002's work on 'The Crafter's Design Library - Celtic' title. Also for David and Charles, this was published in February 2003. Since initial publication, both books have been reprinted as paperbacks. Both titles have a German, Russian and Chinese editions. In addition, fantasy has a French edition.
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