Monday, 27 October 2014

Tree of birds, monster birds, new illustration. Colour and pen and ink.

Tree of monster birds illustration - © Nicola L Robinson 2014 www.nlrobinson.co.uk
Tree of monster birds illustration - © Nicola L Robinson 2014
Tree of monster birds illustration - © Nicola L Robinson 2014 www.nlrobinson.co.uk
Tree of monster birds illustration Colour Detail 1 - © Nicola L Robinson 2014
Tree of monster birds illustration - © Nicola L Robinson 2014 www.nlrobinson.co.uk
Tree of monster birds illustration Colour Detail 1 - © Nicola L Robinson 2014
Tree of monster birds illustration pen and ink - © Nicola L Robinson 2014 www.nlrobinson.co.uk
Tree of monster birds illustration- Pen and Ink - © Nicola L Robinson 2014
Tree of monster birds illustration pen and ink - © Nicola L Robinson 2014 www.nlrobinson.co.uk
Tree of monster birds illustration Pen and Ink detail 1 - © Nicola L Robinson 2014
Tree of monster birds illustration pen and ink - © Nicola L Robinson 2014 www.nlrobinson.co.uk
Tree of monster birds illustration Pen and Ink detail 2 - © Nicola L Robinson 2014

Some recent illustration work of mine, a tree of monster birds, with a deep orange sky, seems apt for Halloween, and now the nights are getting longer and somewhat darker... 

Visit my website to see more of my work - Tree of Birds on Nicola's Illustration Website



Monday, 20 October 2014

The Anatomy of a Monster...

Monster © Nicola L Robinson 2014
Earlier this year I was asked by the lovely folks at SCBWI's Words and Picture blog if I'd like to write something for them for Halloween, and I was delighted to do so. I have written an article all about monsters, under the title, The Anatomy of a Monster, covering some thoughts about monsters and their defining characteristics and some monster drawing tips too, all illustrated with lots of lovely monsters, some of them mine and a few of my favourite classic beasts too.

If you're feeling sinister, hop on over to the Words and Pictures blog to read it!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Cat art prints and cards are go... Meow :)

Cat art prints © Nicola L Robinson 2014
Cat art prints © Nicola L Robinson 2014
I've just launched my new range of illustrated cat prints and cards via my shop - 


Featuring three of my favourite breed's of cat, a grumpy persian cat, a cuddly british shorthair and an elegant but playful birman cat.


Available now as signed art prints, set of three prints and cat greeting cards both individually and as a set. 

My illustrated cats are fully house trained and very cheap to look after, they just need a nice warm comfortable wall to adorn. In fact they would make the purrfect gifts for the cat lover in your life this Christmas...

Read more about my cat art prints and cards over on my Teeth and Claws Blog

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

A Monster picture book for Halloween - The Monster Machine



The Monster Machine, a monster picture book...

Halloween is not far away now, which means lots of spooky things are ahead, witches, vampires, werewolves, ghosts and all manner of creatures that go bump in the night, for me it means monsters, particularly the monsters from my very own monster picture book - The Monster Machine.



Inside The Monster Machine, a monster picture book by Nicola L Robinson
If you haven't read a copy yet, this Halloween is the perfect time to do so, the monster machine is not a scary Halloween themed picture book (there are plenty of those out there to discover, and we love those too!) but a monster picture book about a boy and his dad and their monster making machine, and it's packed full of monsters.  A great monster read for little boys and little girls too, particularly those who like lots of things to look at in their picture books, and a fun text to read aloud. (approx 350 words)


I love The Monster Machine so much I even built it its own monster website (plus the monsters were getting a bit difficult to handle so they needed their own space) do visit it here, the monsters will be so pleased if you do :)




There are some monster activities to download including colouring pages, dot to dot and some monster crafts too for children to make with the help of an adult.


The Monster Machine monster picture book is available to buy in your favourite book shops. 

ISBN - 9781843652007

The Monster Machine is written and illustrated by Nicola L Robinson and published by the fantastic people at Pavilion Children's books. It was shortlisted for the Cambridge Children's Picture book award and also selected by the Reading Agency to be part of the creepy house summer reading challenge too! 




Monday, 6 October 2014

The Reluctant Time Traveller by Janis Mackay - Cover Illustration

The Reluctant Time Traveller by Janis Mackay - Cover Illustration
My postman keeps bringing me lovely things... last week he brought me this, a copy of The Reluctant Time Traveller by Janis Mackay, published by Floris Books under their superb Kelpies imprint. I had the pleasure of illustrating the cover for this earlier this year.

This is the sequel to The Accidental Time Traveller- (Winner of the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2014) and is set in World War One...

Find out more about The Reluctant Time Traveller on the Discover Kelpies Website

Available to buy now in your favourite books shops.

ISBN - 9781782501459




Thursday, 2 October 2014