Monday, 19 December 2011

Merry Christmas everyone...


Well here we are, it's December and another year draws to an end. It is nearly impossible to walk through a shop without having to fight your way through crowds of people frantically buying things they probably don't really need. I have a large tree shaped object in the lounge bedecked with gold and red and silver and the booze cabinet is well stocked, Christmas is upon us once again!

So I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas with a little festive illustration to mark the occasion... remember monsters like Christmas tree's too.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloween...

It's that time of year again...I'll soon be donning my cloak and pointy hat and climbing on my broomstick to go and celebrate Halloween but before I do here are are a couple of pictures to mark the occasion.

First a little experimental inking on some Halloween Totems, a bit retro perhaps, and I've kept the palatte limited, but don't let their vacant expressions fool you, these guys mean business...


Also, I spotted this character watching me last week in Canada, and he was happy to pose for a quick picture-


Happy Halloween everyone!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Cover Art - 'How to Make a Golem (and Terrify People)' by Alette J. Willis

Edinburgh is probably my favourite city, I don't get to visit it as often as I'd like but I do have the pleasure of working with the excellent publisher Floris books who are based there.

I have recently had a lot of fun producing cover art for 'How to Make a Golem (and Terrify People)' written by Alette J. Willis. I loved the book, (I got to have a read of it before I did the cover art) it is very funny and it comes highly recommended.





This book was the winner of the 2011 Kelpies Prize and is due to be published on November 17th 2011.

Age Range is 8 - 12 years

For more info about the book and the author and to buy a copy when it is available go to Floris Books

(See larger images on my main site here)

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Grizzly Vs Woodchuck

A typical situation of mine here, something big and scary encountering something considerably smaller and more vulnerable. David vs Goliath if you will, or in this case Grizzly vs Woodchuck. But take comfort, the bear might not be thinking about eating the little woodchuck. He is smiling, so they might be best friends. Perhaps. Actually the bear might even be a lady bear.

See a larger version on my website here -

Grizzly Vs Woodchuck

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

dpi Magazine - Meticulous Art

I don't often get post from Taiwan, but this morning I was surprised to see an elaborately decorated package on my doormat, after a few moments of wondering what on earth I had ordered from the internet this time I realised it was my copy of dpi Magazine.

Earlier this year I was invited by Vicky at dpi Magazine to contribute to a special edition of the magazine focusing on 'Meticulous Art'.

Dpi magazine is an art magazine in Taiwan, dpi stands for 'Design Popular Imagination' and it's catchy tagline for the regular magazine translates as 'Every designer should have a PC or a Mac, and a copy of dpi Magazine'.

On flicking through this special edition it is clear this is a beautifully produced magazine full of breathtaking artwork from artists, illustrators and designers from across the globe and I am honoured to have contributed to it.

Here are a few photos of my work inside -
Penguins! haha



Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Rough sketches for Downtown

I usually only put finished examples of work on my blog as an extension of my main portfolio site but I've been sorting through some papers in my studio and thought it might be an interesting change to put some rough sketches up too, here are a couple from the most recent 'Downtown' project.

First rough idea sketch -

No, this isn't the result of spiders break dancing across my sketchbook page, but the first rough sketch or thumbnail if you will. This is actually fairly cohesive in comparison to other similar 'ideas' I have. I often annotate with words too. The text reads 'Monster city at night, dark alley's, iron bridges'

Pencil Rough -
A full size pencil rough of the eventual drawing, although for some reason I haven't added the little figures here.

Colour -

The finished illustration with inking and colour.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Downtown...


And a closeup of the bottom right corner- (see my website to see the whole thing)


I have just added this new illustration to my website, titled 'Downtown', of a strange city at night. This one was a bit of a mission to complete, I hadn't quite anticipated how tedious it is drawing little windows when I initially sketched this out, but some time later here it is.

This is a city that watches you back, complete with it's own intelligence and awareness. To see the whole illustration visit my site - Downtown

Nicola

PS- This is nothing to do with the old Petula Clarke song by the same name, honest.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Twittering about...


It's no secret I'm not a fan of social networks, I'm one of very few people I know who is not on facebook, but I have recently bitten the bullet and signed up to twitter, I'm not sure how good it is yet for me, but I have had some entertainment adding people and places of interest to stalk, I mean, follow.

This is mostly art, publishing, food and music related so far. Something which struck me when looking for people to follow was how many people I'd be interested to follow are already long dead. The likes of Oscar Wilde and Salvador Dali just aren't on twitter.

So rambling aside if you would like to follow me and get random tweets about things please do so here -

Follow NLRobinson on Twitter

Hope everyone is having a good week,

Nicola

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Easter Bank Holiday/St George's Day - Faster Kenneth...Faster!



Hi all, another new piece today which seems to tie in with the recent hot sunny weather we've been having here in the UK over our current cluster of Bank Holidays.

Random trivia -
There are myths which say crocodiles don't have tongues, this is false, the crocodile does indeed have a tongue, but it is well attatched to the bottom section of its mouth which makes it unable to stick it out as I have drawn this one here. Given the improbability of the rest of the situation I think I can over look this detail.

To see a larger version see my site here

Happy St George's Day and Happy Easter!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Fox and Chickens

Hi all,

It's been a really busy month here with projects for the upcoming Bologna Book fair, but I have managed to find some time for a few side projects, one of which is this 'Fox and Chickens' piece, which gave me the perfect opportunity to test out some new pen nibs I had found since moving house a few months ago.
This is fairly miniscule here, and the right half is cropped out but you can see a larger, full version on my website here -

Fox and Chickens

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Chinese New Year - Year of the Rabbit! 2011

Happy New Year again, today marks the start of the Chinese New Year, last year was the year of the Tiger and now we welcome the year of the Rabbit.

There is a lot of information around regarding what this all means and symbolises, but I won't go into that, instead I have drawn my own tribute to this celebration, the year of the rabbit -
Drawn in inks, dip pens and watercolours.

Thanks for reading, Ill be adding a larger version of this to my main site soon,

Nicola

Friday, 7 January 2011

AOI Monthly Themes

I have been a member of the AOI for some time and also subscribe to their portfolio service, every month they select a number of illustrations to represent their monthly theme. I have been lucky enough to have been featured in both December and January's selections-

January - My Seamonster for the 'Monster's' theme.
December - My Mad Hatters Teaparty for the 'Celebration' theme.


Thanks AOI!

Saturday, 1 January 2011