The end of Edgar and Allan?

The final book of the Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe is out now in paperback!

The Pet and the Pendulum sees the boys taking on their nemesis, the evil Professor Pangborn, for the final time…

It’s been a really fun series to illustrate and I’m going to miss the twins, I’ll always have a soft spot for them as they were my first published illustration project.

But I’m pleased to say they go out on a high, this final book has got to be my favourite of the series.

Poe Boys trilogy in paperback

Little Red Riding Hood competition entry

This was my entry for the recent Tomie de Paola competition, which runs annually. This year’s task was to illustrate a passage from Philip Pullman’s  retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, with a specific focus on how to visualise a very well-known main character in a new or unique way.

Little Red Riding Hood

I wanted a confident Red Riding Hood, boldly stepping out towards the forest, reassuring her mother she’ll be fine. The dark shadow behind the door hints at some of the darkness she’ll encounter later. I aimed for a zig-zag feel to the composition overall, echoing the twists and turns of the path through the woods – and of the story itself. Finally, because red is such a strong and familiar colour in this story, I made my picture black and white, just to be contrary.

What’s really interesting is the wealth of interpretations that were submitted, all of which can be seen in the online competition gallery. So many different ways of presenting a familiar character and situation, it’s fascinating to see where these images cross-over and where they are diverge. The winning entries can be viewed here.