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Illustration
Don't Panic
Don't Panic

An illustration for the quote 'DON'T PANIC.' by Douglas Adams, created for Falmouth University's 2012 Book of Illustrated Quotes and Sayings.

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the theft of Idun's apples
the theft of Idun's apples

A scene from the Norse legend 'The theft of Idun's apples.'

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Tilly at school
Tilly at school

Work for Oxford University Press

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Tilly at University
Tilly at University

Work for Oxford University Press

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Aladdin and his Mother
Aladdin and his Mother

Aladdin avoids work - based on the legend 'Aladdin and the magic lamp.'

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Aladdin and the Princess
Aladdin and the Princess

Aladdin encounters the beautiful Princess - based on the legend 'Aladdin and the magic lamp.'

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Aladdin and the Djinni
Aladdin and the Djinni

Aladdin discovers the secret of the lamp - based on the legend ' Aladdin and the magic lamp.'

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Escape from Bolvanger
Escape from Bolvanger

Inspired by my favourite books as a child - His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. The heroine Lyra and her friends escape the terrifying outpost of Bolvanger, with help from the Witches, Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnison the armoured bear. (Northern Lights - Philip Pullman)

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Fight for the Subtle Knife
Fight for the Subtle Knife

Inspired by my favourite books as a child - His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. Lyra and Will find the eerie and abandoned world of Cittàgazze which is home to the the most powerful weapon in the universe - the Subtle Knife. (The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman)

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The Angels watch
The Angels watch

Inspired by my favourite books as a child - His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. As Will and Lyra rest, exhausted by the days events, a cohort of Angels arrive to watch the children sleep. (The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman)

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The World of the Dead
The World of the Dead

Inspired by my favourite books as a child - His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. Lyra tells the ghosts the story of her journey to the World of the Dead. (The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman)

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The Botanic Garden
The Botanic Garden

Inspired by my favourite books as a child - His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. The final meeting place between worlds. (The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman)

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Nativity
Nativity

A portfolio piece

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The Abhorsen enters Death
The Abhorsen enters Death

The first of three illustrations based on the book 'Sabriel' by Garth Nix

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Sabriel defeats a Dead creature
Sabriel defeats a Dead creature

The second of three illustrations based on the book 'Sabriel' by Garth Nix

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Mogget Unleashed
Mogget Unleashed

The third illustration based on the book 'Sabriel' by Garth Nix

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Aztec Deities
Aztec Deities

A collections of Aztec statues representing various Gods and Goddesses

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Animals of all sizes
Animals of all sizes

A variety of animals for an informative poster

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Grimm's Fairy Tales
Grimm's Fairy Tales

A book cover for the Puffin Children's section of the Penguin Design Award

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Haamdaanee has supper
Haamdaanee has supper

Based on a folk tale about a poor man who befriends a magical Antelope

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Haamdaanee finds a diamond
Haamdaanee finds a diamond

Based on a folk tale about a poor man who befriends a magical Antelope

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The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid

Illustration based on the fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid' by Hans Christian Andersen

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A Month of Monsters
A swamp dwelling monster
A swamp dwelling monster

The first monster and my first foray into trying to combine watercolour paints with digital effects. This monster likes to stick to silty, warm swamps and to hide amongst the weeds. We're not sure if he's just leisurely enjoying the view of passing turtles or waiting for an unsuspecting swimmer to pass by. We recommend keeping your distance if you spy this critter hiding in a pond near you, and maybe thinking twice before going for a paddle.

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Yeti
Yeti

The Yeti, sometimes known as Big Foot, is a reclusive beast that lives in snowy, wooded areas in the mountains. This monster is so shy that so far only giant footprints in the snow indicate that it actually exists. Since animals are scarce so high up in the freezing mountains, my yeti has resorted to vegetarianism and eats mostly pine trees and the occasional evergreen bush to survive.

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Centaur
Centaur

Centaurs are another beast from Greek Mythology and have the torso of a human and the body of a horse. Centaurs usually tend to be male so I decided I'd make mine a lady for a change. My entaur's body is based on a gazelle - a herbivore similar to a deer mostly found in the savannahs of Africa. The gazelle is considered food by many predators so my centaur is geared up with a spear to fend off any lions that might be eyeing her up as a tasty snack.

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A monster that inhabits coral reefs
A monster that inhabits coral reefs

This Mermaid is a little different, instead of being part fish she has the curling tail of a seahorse. Seahorses use their tails to anchor themselves in place so that currents don't pull them away. They will sometimes even use their tails to hold onto other seahorses and float around in little groups. Just like real seahorses, this Mermaid has impressive camouflage abilities and uses her markings to blend in with surrounding coral and plants to avoid predators.

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Chimera
Chimera

Yet another Greek monster, this time with three fire breathing heads composed of a goat, a lion and a snake. I bet having three heads would get very annoying quickly, especially if the heads didn't get along. Chimera has now become a word used to describe any creature made up of different animals and parts. What animals would you use to make a Chimera?

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A monster based on a childhood fear
A monster based on a childhood fear

I am told by my parents that when I was very little I had some impressively bad night terrors (I don't remember them much which is lucky.) What's more scary than battling a monster from your own imagination every night? Luckily I had my special stuffed duck and dragon to keep me company and protect me from lurking nightmares, and eventually, the monster wasn't so scary any more.

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Witch
Witch

A mysterious Witch that makes its home in a remote cavern deep in some dark woods. Who knows what magical lotions and potions it cooks up there in its cauldron? All we know for sure is that no one who's travelled to the cave to find out has ever returned.

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Werewolf
Werewolf

This Werewolf is a bit of a shy guy. He doesn't like bothering anyone too much so he's a lumberjack by trade and lives in a little cabin in the woods. Whenever the full moon rolls around he roams the forest, occasionally kept company by his Vampire buddy and her bat.

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Vampire
Vampire

This Vampire is a modern one. She's not a fan of sneaking into bedrooms at night to suck blood like her family back home in Transylvania. Why waste an evening when she could be out partying? She prefers to buy herself blood packs from shifty black market merchants and spend her days shopping, hanging out with her Werewolf friend and walking her pet bat, Snuffles.

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A sweets based monster
A sweets based monster

This has to be one of the more absurd monsters. I tried to think of one of the sillier members of the animal kingdom for inspiration and settled on Llamas. His body is made of candy floss, his tail, a flump marshmallow, his neck is a licorice all sorts, his legs, chocolate matchsticks and jelly tots and his ears are jellybeans. He also may have made some chocolate drop *ahem* deposits...

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Robot
Robot

Even robots can appreciate beautiful bird songs, but all is perhaps not what it seems. Can you spot anything in the background that seems odd? What do you think the story is behind what happened here?

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Spider girl
Spider girl

Spiders aren't that scary, she promises! this moinster uses her web weaving skills to knit lovely scarves and tea cosies for friends. She also has a passion for shoes which gets very expensive since she has eight feet to buy for.

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Sphinx
Sphinx

The Sphinx is an ancient Egyptian beast that has the body of a lion and the face of a beautiful woman. The Sphinx used to sit on the road to Thebes, a Greek city, and pose riddles to travellers wanting to pass. If you could guess the answer to her riddle you could continue by unharmed, get it wrong, however, and she would devour you. My Sphinx has gotten bored with riddles after asking them for thousands upon thousands of years and instead now tries to tell terrible knock-knock jokes.

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Slime Monster
Slime Monster

Looks like this gooey monster has managed to find its way into your house and left a slimy snail-trail of destruction through your living room. How many things has it eaten, can you spot them all?

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Nāga
Nāga

The Nāga (or nāgī since mine is a female) is a deity from a variety of religions and regions, including Hinduism and Buddhism that takes the form of a giant snake, usually a King Cobra. My Nāga is half snake in form but characteristically snake-like all over. Her head scarf resembles a Cobra hood and her tongue is long and forked. She enjoys most things snakes do - hiding under rocks, sleeping in the sun and the occasional snack in the form of small rodents.

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Medusa
Medusa

Medusa was a Gorgon, a woman with venemous snakes in the place of hair, tusks like a wild boar and a gaze that would turn anyone looking directly at her into stone. I feel kind of sorry for Medusa, she must have been pretty lonely with only her snakes for company don't you think?

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A monster inspired by an insect
A monster inspired by an insect

The Praying Mantis, an amazing insect well known for certain amorous dietary habits. Praying Mantis are impressive enough to pass as a monster on their own, especially when looked at closely - their giant spiky forelegs are used for grasping prey and some have beautifully coloured wings for alarming predators. I decided to keep my Mantis monster fairly close to the original insect, adding a flashy coat for this stealthy predator to wear and show off on its hunt for food.

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Kitsune
Kitsune

The Kitsune is a cunning fox spirit from Japanese folklore than can disguise itself as a human, the only give-away of its real form being its multiple furry tails. It is said that the more tails the spirit has, the more powerful it is. The Pokémon Ninetails is, in-fact, based on a Kitsune.

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Minor Inconvenience monster
Minor Inconvenience monster

Randolph's favourite thing to do in the whole wide world is to collect socks. Your socks. My socks. Everyone's socks. Any will do but he prefers the ones with exciting patterns and brighter colours. He wanders around with his little cart at night collecting them to take home with him. The problem is, Randolph exclusively collects left socks. All those times you think the dryer has eaten a single sock of your favourite pair it's actually Randolph who has decided your sock is too special to miss.

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Harpy
Harpy

Traditionally found in Greek and Roman mythology, Harpies have the face and torso of a woman and the wings and feet of a bird. Their name means 'Snatcher' and according to the various myths surrounding them they sound rather unpleasant and smelly to be around. I designed my Harpy to be more on the bird side of things in order to make her seem more monsterous and less like the Harpies of old, whose human and bird body parts were quite distinctly different from one another.

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Ghost
Ghost

This Ghost may seem pretty scary but really she's just a bit lonely. Most people are scared off by her glowing eyes and supernatural hair but all she really wants is a nice chat and maybe someone to play with.

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An animal combined with a plant
An animal combined with a plant

This beast was oddly enough inspired by the slogan and image on Lyle's Golden Syrup tins (which is in turn from a Biblical story.) The slogan 'Out of the strong came forth sweetness' immediately came to mind when I was working on this prompt, which then led to the image of a lion with a mane of flowers. this monster probably smells a lot more palatable than a normal lion and I like to imagine his mane bouquet changes throughout the year to match whatever flowers are in season.

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A monster with feline features
A monster with feline features

I think if I was a cat girl I'd do exactly what this monster does; take advantage of my feline talents of balancing and sneaking in order to have some adventures across the rooftops at night. Maybe I'd go hunting with my other cat friends or maybe I'd just sit and enjoy the moonlight and quiet while the city sleeps.

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Fairy
Fairy

This little Fairy's design is based on a moth since I find them a lot cuter and fuzzier than butterflies. With her pilot cap securely on her warm, furry coat this little Fairy is ready to fly! Accompanied by her pet Bumble Bee of course.

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Dryad
Dryad

Dryads are Nymphs or Tree Spirits when found in mythology, mine is a little, tiny mushroom spirit. He likes damp spots like rotting trees or leaf mulch and makes great friends with the insect life that lives close by. He's very shy so if you ever spot him stay nice and quiet. If you're very lucky, he may come out to say hello.

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Deep sea monster
Deep sea monster

I used the Deep Sea Angler fish as inspiration for this creepy mermaid. These fish spend their whole lives in the darkness and have developed a stalk on the top of their heads that acts rather like a fishing rod. The end of the stalk glows in the dark and is used to lure prey right into the waiting Angler fish's mouth. Instead of a head stalk, my mermaid has been given a tiny glowing jellyfish to use when fishing for her dinner in the dark depths.

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A monster that uses beauty as a lure
A monster that uses beauty as a lure

Covered in precious jewels, intricately embroidered cloth and delicate lace, this monster's intent isn't obvious until it's too late. Hiding behind that decorated porcelain mask is a less than friendly face, and one that's particularly hungry.

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Golem
Golem

This monster lives in caves too, but ones so far beneath the earth's crust you'll probably never meet him. His body is made from geodes and giant crystal formations that gently glow in the dark so that he can light his way and avoid tripping on any stray stalagmites.

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Character Design
Tam O'Shanter
Tam O'Shanter

Design sheet for the character Tam O'Shanter from the Robert Burns poem of the same name.

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Lyra Belacqua
Lyra Belacqua

Character sheet for Lyra Belacqua from the book trilogy 'His Dark Materials' by Philip Pullman

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Will Parry
Will Parry

Character sheet for Will Parry from the book trilogy 'His Dark Materials' by Philip Pullman

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Princess Redesigns
Princess Redesigns

My own versions of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty

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Character sheet
Character sheet

A sample pitch for a client

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Character line up
Character line up

Character design for Odin, Loki, Idun and Tam O'Shanter

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Odin
Odin

Designs for the Norse God, Odin

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Interaction sketch
Interaction sketch

Interaction sketches between the Norse Gods Loki and Odin

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Pixel Portraits
Pixel Portraits
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Pixel peeps
Pixel peeps
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Sketchbook
Love Birds
Love Birds

A gift card design for Valentines day

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Aladdin and his Mother - line art
Aladdin and his Mother - line art

Based on the legend 'Aladdin and the magic lamp.'

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Aladdin and the Princess - line art
Aladdin and the Princess - line art

Based on the legend 'Aladdin and the magic lamp.'

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Winter Pterodactyl
Winter Pterodactyl

A series of dinosaur themed Christmas card designs

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Winter Diplodocus
Winter Diplodocus

A series of dinosaur themed Christmas card designs

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Winter T-Rex
Winter T-Rex

A series of dinosaur themed Christmas card designs

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Winter Stegosaurus
Winter Stegosaurus

A series of dinosaur themed Christmas card designs

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Dinosaur themed Wrapping paper
Dinosaur themed Wrapping paper
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Polar bears and Penguins
Polar bears and Penguins

Wrapping paper design

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Winter Forest
Winter Forest

Wrapping paper design

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Life drawing
Life drawing
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Manga sample
Manga sample
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Manga sample
Manga sample
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Bedroom
Bedroom

A sample piece

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Christmas colouring book
Christmas colouring book

Sample colouring book page

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Mount Vesuvius erupts
Mount Vesuvius erupts

Sample graphic novel panel

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Viking Sheperd
Viking Sheperd

An experiment with textures

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