Tag Archives: kids books

Dragon Gold and White on sale!

My two books, Dragon Gold and Dragon White are on sale at the Firefly Press Buzzshop sale until 10th January.

With Free Post and Packing!

I’m working on the artwork for Dragon Red, the final instalment of the Dragon trilogy, which is due out in March, get reading and get ready for the final instalment – It gets quite wild!

How to design a Children’s Book Cover


I’m soon relaunching my Scaredy Cats KickStarter project.

One thing that bothered me, once I had launched previously, was the cover. I loved it, but after a while I realised that it was probably not the right cover. The style of the cat on the front of the book, did not fit with the illustrations inside.

Publishers often re-cover books with different styles, but I thought maybe it was also a bit too sophisticated for the age group the books are intended for and said something different to what was inside.

So I spent some time trying to do a watercolour version, but couldn’t get that right. In the end I decided to do a hybrid. Take the elements I loved about the first cover and add them to a physically drawn version.

The moral of the tale is that the first drawing is not necessarily the finished version. You can keep tweaking the design and a little time and distance is good – allowing you to see the design with free eyes.

How to design Children’s Book Characters Using Models

mouse-shipThis video explains how I have used models to really get to know the characters in my books, in this case my Dark Claw series, a sort of Star Wars with cats and mice – or rather – Kats and Muss!

You can watch the animated version of the story on my Storytime Channel. This is the playlist for the whole series: http://bit.ly/DarkClawStory

Make sure you are subscribed to find out when the next thrilling installment is available: http://bit.ly/StorytimeSubscribe

Learn more about Dark Claw, learn how to draw the characters and and all the great Muss and Kat spaceships: http://bit.ly/DrawDarkClaw

Can’t wait? Want to read the book?

Read on Kindle Fire: http://bit.ly/DarkClawKIndle

Everyone asks about the tools I use when I’m out using my sketchbook.

The Pentel Aquash Brush is here in the Uk http://bit.ly/PentelAquabrushUK
and here in the US http://bit.ly/PentelAquashBrushUSA

Rotring Tikky Graphic in the UK here http://bit.ly/TikkyGraphicUK
in the USA http://bit.ly/TikkyGraphicUS

The Cotman sketching watercolour set is here in the UK http://amzn.to/1gNpZ8s
and in the US here: http://amzn.to/1gaG6qA