Thursday, 30 January 2014

'What Are We Fighting For?' New Poems About War, by Brian Moses and Roger Stevens

What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War - Illustration by Nicola L Robinson

Last year I had the pleasure of working with Tracey Ridgewell at Macmillan Children's Books illustrating cover art and pen and ink vignettes for 'What Are We Fighting For?' 'New Poems About War', by Brian Moses and Roger Stevens. Today (30th January 2014) is publication day, and so I'd like to share a few more pictures from the project with you...

What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War - Illustration by Nicola L Robinson



This was a thoroughly enjoyable project about a very serious and important topic, and I was very pleased to be commissioned for it. As always I enjoyed being able to read all text - in this case poems- before illustrating and I am very pleased with the final results, this is the first poetry book I have illustrated and I don't often get the opportunity to work in pen and ink... in all I produced 50 pen and ink illustrations to illustrate the poems, including small spot illustrations, larger vignettes and also decorative borders of barbed wire, bullets and shells and poppies. I also did the hand lettering on the cover.
 
Here are a few of my favourite illustrations I did for the book - 
What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War - Illustration by Nicola L Robinson
Bicycle leaning against a tree
What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War - Illustration by Nicola L Robinson
Land army woman
What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War - Illustration by Nicola L Robinson
Owl and shrew
What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War - Illustration by Nicola L Robinson
Mother and son
What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War - Illustration by Nicola L Robinson
Rag Doll
What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War - Illustration by Nicola L Robinson
Tank
What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War - Illustration by Nicola L Robinson
Soldiers 
What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War - Illustration by Nicola L Robinson
Chickens



From the Pan Macmillan website - 


'A brilliant collection of brand new poems about war for younger readers. 


What Are We Fighting For? explores the concept of war in a brilliantly accessible way for younger readers. Fascinating and moving in equal measure, there are poems about incredibly brave dogs, cats and pigeons; the Christmas truce of WWI when soldiers played football in No Man’s Land; poems about rationing and what it was like to be an evacuee, poems about modern warfare and the reality of war today; plus lots of amazing true historical facts.


This cross-curricular poetry book is a brilliant way to get young readers thinking about both the historical and philosophical aspects of war.'


What Are We Fighting For? is available now from your favourite book shops...

ISBN:  978 1 4472 4861 3


Brian Moses - www.brianmoses.co.uk




Monday, 27 January 2014

Year of the Horse... 2014! illustration for Chinese New Year...

Year of the Horse - illustration © Nicola L Robinson 2014
This Friday will be Chinese New Year, we leave the year of the Snake behind and bring in the Year of the Horse! I've always loved the chinese zodiac- and for the last couple of years have been doing an illustration to mark the event.

This is my interpretation and this year I've included all of the animals, roughly in order, all bringing in the year of the horse (Horse is no relation to robocop...) the snake slithers off into the desert, and the crafty little goats climb up inside the horse- Trojan style ready for their year next time... Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Here are some details of the animals- enlarged so you can see them all! (some of them are really tiny)

Rat
Ox
Tiger
Rabbit
Dragon
Snake
Goat
Monkey
Rooster
Dog
Pig



Friday, 17 January 2014

Three Wise Monkeys... See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil... v2.0

Three Wise Monkeys, See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil... © Nicola L Robinson

Monkeys... See no evil, hear no evil speak no evil. I illustrated a version of this a few years ago, and they hang in a little row in my hallway, but I've always had the idea of making them available as prints, and they have been on my to do list for Teeth and Claws (my card/print range) for some time, so here they are. The Three Wise Monkeys, v2.0, illustrated by me and now available as a set of 3 5 x 7" prints from my shop... 

Teeth and Claws -Three Wise Monkeys

Also available in my very new and fairly shiny Etsy shop here - Teeth and Claws on Etsy
Monkey number three, Speak no evil... (probably not his real name)  © Nicola L Robinson