I’m a dip pen illustrator, hand-lettering artist & cartoonist. I grew up on the south coast of England where it was windy, then moved inland where it was flat, studying Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. After graduating in 1997 I fell into editorial work on papers and magazines and began work on children’s books, of which I’ve illustrated over 70. I moved to Edinburgh in 2016 and wrote my first picture book. I also have a publishing company specialising in satirical and educational games. I love visiting folk who are interested in illustration, sharing my experiences and encouraging yours.
About writer's work
I enjoy working on children’s books, from picture books, through to 5-8,8-12 and teen to young adult. I also love working on editorial illustration, & in print & design.
Here are some reviews for my children’s book work:
"A touch of Ronald Searle about them" - The Bookseller
"The illustrations are beautiful" - Goodreads
"Both frightening and comic" The Telegraph
"Gorgeous illustrations" - Lovereading4kids
I’ve received death threats for some of my more political work, on the flip some people have said some nice things, here are some reviews for my first board game release:
• 'Genius satire' Amnesty International
• ‘5 stars - Excellent' New Internationalist
• 'A cleverly crafted satire that can be used by educators to provoke students to think critically about one of the most important issues of our time.' - Dr. Nick Megoran, lecturer in Geopolitics and Human Geography, University of Newcastle
• "Sensational" - Der Spiegel
• "At the tip of the sharp tongue of satire" - BBC
• "Extraordinary" - John Pilger
• "New satirical heights" - Nobel Peace Centre
I’ve written my first picture book which is scheduled for release in 2018 and I’m currently writing a childrens book which I will illustrate for 5-8 yr olds - which for now is top secret but I’m sure I can tell you more about it soon.
Websites featuring the authorInky MessTwitterTerror Bull GamesTerrorBull Games on BBC Games Britannia, episode 2 "Monopolies & Mergers"Pencil Ink & Pixels studio interview with Illustrator Tom Morgan Jones
Current events and projects
I’m available for residencies, workshops, talks, live draw-alongs and tutoring. I have performed at events including Edinburgh International Book festival, Hay Festival, Latitude festival, Bath Kids' Lit Fest and at The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. I’m happy with events that have an audience that range from 750 (my largest so far) down to small groups, these events can vary to suit your needs, it can be a talk about children’s books including a draw-along, to workshopping, to talking about my satirical and educational games adventures over the years or it could be based on my editorial work or how life as an illustrator works, how to get into illustrating or a talk based on my slipper modeling career, that career only lasted a day though, but I’m sure I could come up with something for that.
I am happy both to encourage audiences to enjoy drawing with quick-fire activities or to offer more in-depth tutoring aimed at developing artwork and storytelling.
Having illustrated over 70 books working in colloboration with other authors I am chuffed to have written my first picture book and look forward to taking this on the road with visits and events at schools, librairies, universities and other related clubs or societies who are interested. I hope to see you soon.
I have been Artist in Residence and an Adult Education Children’s book tutor, the Illustration & Cartoon Tutor at Cambridge University Cartooning & Illustration Society and tutor of illustration at Universities - including Cambridge School of Art and London College of Printing. I am a partner in a company that Publishes satirical and educational board and card games worldwide – we have partnered with Greenpeace, SOAS, CAFOD and the BFI working on classroom, event and print and play games. Our games have appeared internationally in the press and on TV, been exhibited at The Berlin Academy of Arts and can be found in the permanent collections of The Imperial War Museum, The V&A, The Bodleian Library Oxford and GOMA.