Fantastic Beasts at Seven Stories

October 27, 2017 § 2 Comments

I am delighted to be doing an event at Seven Stories, Newcastle, to launch the new book, for anyone who would like to come along. Friday 10th November, 6pm, more details here:

This will be a chaired event, with a ‘slideshow’ and signed books available. All welcome.


‘Fantastic Beasts’ – Publication Day!

October 26, 2017 § 2 Comments

Blue-unicorn-edit After many months of work in the studio, and several months in production, the wait is over. The launch and publication of the fully illustrated version of ‘Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them’ is on 7th November, 7pm at House of Illustration, London.

For more information:

So, forget the movie, this is 140 pages of full colour ‘magizoology’, the book that Newt Scamander wrote on his return from his travels, with a bit of help from JK Rowling.  Originally published in 1927, it found it’s way onto the shelves of Hogwarts Library and there was found by a small boy called Harry Potter. The rest as they say, is history.

Published by Bloomsbury, with the most exquisite design and production, the book will, from 7th November, be available from all good bookshops, so anyone who would like a copy, please support them. Bookshops are FANTASTIC!

(And this also supports the author/artist royalties which is actually really important, especially in this case when two marvellous charities are the beneficiaries).

End of sermon.


British Library ‘Magic Show’

October 22, 2017 § Leave a comment

 ‘Harry Potter, The History of Magic’ exhibition at The British Library is now open. It is a fantastic collection of artefacts from the BL’s own collection such as this herbal manuscript…

 And items loaned from elsewhere, including this real witches broomstick from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle…

 And accompanying these fascinating artefacts are original artworks and manuscripts from the world of Harry Potter, including many of Jim Kay’s fantastic illustrations and a couple of the Fantastic Beasts!

For more information:


Fantastic Beasts Book

October 5, 2017 § 1 Comment

 ‘Fantastic Beasts’ by JK Rowling. This is the cover…

A lovely design job by Bloomsbury. Publication date 7th November.

Belford Arts Festival Exhibition 22nd-23rd July

July 19, 2017 § Leave a comment

New work on show for the Belford Arts Festival, opening this weekend, at our Belford workshop Lomenech Gill & Fils

Recent  illustration and artwork on display, artwork and signed books available for sale.

A few Midsummer Night’s left in Aldeburgh

June 28, 2017 § Leave a comment


A real Midsummer Night’s Dream at Snape Maltings.





The exhibition has now ended, but work will remain up for a few days more. If anyone would like to still visit, please get in touch: or call 01728 452035.


Bon Route…

June 27, 2017 § Leave a comment

Someone said yesterday that we never talk politics in this house.

(I am not on Twitter or Facebook or anything else, so for more of the above, go here

A bientot et, erm, bon route!

Another link, to an alarming article by George Monbiot:

…and there is ‘Hope’

June 20, 2017 § 1 Comment
















Some of the wonderful species I got to meet and draw last year at Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre, for the book I was working on. Having worked every weekend since, I had made a pledge to return at the first opportunity so off we went to do battle with the midges of Kielder once more. Incidentally, I have discovered why it is that the French have such good motorhomes with which to recreate the civilisation of being ‘chez eu’ mais ‘en marche’, (comme La Republique in fact!) and it is because they don’t like putting up tents. So being party to a Frenchman erecting our canvas palace whilst doing mortal combat with professional midges is something to behold. Only a 2yr old uttering the word ‘pooh’, just as all the poles were balanced in position for the flysheet to go on, and the realisation the toilet block is 500yrds away, could have increased the dramatic potential of the scenario!

But I digress. We love camping. And it was great to be back at KWBOPC, not just to see the many species of owls, hawks and eagles, from all over the world, but people who are so passionate that they spend everyday looking after these remarkable creatures and educating us ordinary folk about some of the incredible wildlife we share the planet with, (I say ‘share’, if only we were better at it…!). ‘Hope’ the Steller’s Sea Eagle has gone to another centre for a while, but ‘Sima’ the Sea Eagle still holds court and this time we also saw a Bateleur Eagle, a 2 month old Golden Eagle, an Ashy Faced Owl, as well as the now fully grown Barn Owl ‘Eden’ who I drew last time as a chick. Thank you to Ray Lowden and all the staff and volunteers for another inspiring and educational visit.


Puck & the World

June 13, 2017 § Leave a comment

 Having almost circled the earth, (or at least travelled the length of the A1 which is pretty much equivalent in terms of time), Puck (modelled for superbly by Gabhran) is going to stay in Aldeburgh. A bit of a wrench because it is a special one for me and the paint is only just dry but I am delighted it has found a good home! My first time working with gold leaf, and indeed, painting flowers.

  The ‘wild Thyme’, ‘woodbine’, ‘violets’ and ‘oxlips’ of Oberon’s famous verse, and perhaps my favourite part of Britten’s opera. Also some forget-me-nots thrown in too.

Lots of other works still available for sale at Sandhill, Aldeburgh. 

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“I’ll put a girdle round the earth…”

June 12, 2017 § Leave a comment


Puck did it in 40 minutes, it took us somewhat longer, but nevertheless it was with some reluctance we left the beautiful realm of Sandhill, Aldeburgh to head back north and home. All thanks to Anne Cuddigan for the best exhibition opening, ‘the stuff that dreams are made of’, and to everyone for their kind hospitality. Apologies to anyone in East Anglia looking for oysters, as I fear there might be a shortage after the visit of a certain Breton, nothing to do with Brexit though, he just hasn’t had any for a while…

A great privilege to meet Matthew Rose and friends, thank you very much for coming and for the most incredible music and being patrons of pictures too!