Commission Development Work

Here is all of the development work I did in preparation for my recent commission, including character designs and sketches as well as composition ideas.

Initial Character Rough Sketches


Composition Ideas

Book of Portraits Part 37: OTMA

My latest addition to my current book of portraits focuses on the four daughters of Nicholas II, Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia (OTMA). The first image is a drawing of Anastasia which i came across recently and wanted to draw ever since I saw it and it is my favourite of this batch.

The second two images are of Olga and Tatiana, while the third is of Maria. I didn’t manage to get as much detail into the faces of Olga and Tatiana as I was working in an A5 sketchbook I can fit much more in, especially as there are full body drawings, unlike the portrait of Maria, which only features her head and shoulders.


This image was originally intended to be a Christmas card, and I drew the basic shapes of it out months ago but just never got round to painting and finishing it. The other day I cam across the image again and decided I amy as well finish it and upload it here and I’m quite happy with the final result. The image was only A4 so I struggled to include a lot of detail, particularly when painting, but I tried my best with pencil detailing after the paint had dried. The female is based on my design for Winter in my Selfish Giant project, basically the season in human form, and so this give me good practice for my Selfish Giant project in terms of painting winter scenes. Also, as this week’s illustration Friday is ‘Wood’, I’m thinking of submitting this for it.

Commission Work

Recently, I was asked by a local author whom I have know most of my life to design a book cover for her upcoming children’s novel. I was so honoured that she wanted me to do this and am sharing the final cover illustration here. I will reveal more about the book and it’s details as it comes closer to completion. I also have some concept sketches I did in preparation for this illustration and will also share them soon!

The Frog Prince

I’ve just submitted my images for the Out of Step Books call for art and this is my final and favourite image of the four. It’s based on the Frog Prince by the Brothers Grimm and initially, I thought it would be the most difficult to paint and was quite unsure of it. However, I’m very pleased with the final outcome of the illustration.

The Serpent

Here is the second image I plan on submitting for Out of Step Books current call for art project. Like the first, it’s based upon the serpent in the Garden of Eden but features a different composition, incorporating more of the tree and scenery. Originally, I had more detail on the serpent but didn’t like how it turned out so toned it down much more. Overall I’m happy with the final piece and prefer it to the first one I did.

The Apple


Recently, I had work my my Wonderland and Selfish Giant projects featured in Out of Step Book’s ‘Enchanted’ book. The book feature fairy and folk tale themed artwork from artists all over the world and anyone can submit work and so it was a great honour to have my work featured. They are running another book project, this time based around reptiles and amphibians and I’ve decided to submit work for it as well. The deadline is at the end of this week and I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish my images in time, however I’ve finished all of my illustrations.
This is the first, one of two inspired by the serpent in Eden. It’s actually my least favourite of the images I’ve made and I’m not entirely happy with the final result, however, with three other illustrations I thought that I may as well submit it. I will post the other two images I’ve made soon and as well as them I am also submitting my dragon illustration which I painted the other week, which can be seen here:

You can also check out Out of Step Books website here: