Illustration for ‘Bear, Hare and Ptarmigan’

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‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ illustrations – ‘Bear, Hare and Ptarmigan’. Julie Pemberton’s deeply personal fairytale is delicately woven, carrying the reader through the pain of heart-breaking loss, the terrible longing it leaves in its wake and the immensity of the power of love.

‘Bear, Hare and Ptarmigan’ appears alongside 16 other short stories in ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’, published by Mother’s Milk Books and can be purchased from their online shop.

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‘Grimm Reality’

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In a society of want, where every billboard offers to grant your wish, are we truly blessed? Or are we under a curse comparable to that of fairy tales? Ana Salote’s modern tale for ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ explores this as a creature of legend turns up in a contemporary metropolis not too far away…

Ana Salote is currently writing ‘The Waifs of Duldred Trilogy’, a series for older children. The first book ‘Oy Yew’ was published by Mother’s Milk Books in 2015 and the second installment is due for release later this year. ‘Oy Yew’ and ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ can be purchased from Mother’s Milk books online shop.http://www.mothersmilkbooks.com/index.p…/…/category/41-books

‘Hansel’s Trouble’

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How can goodness remain when your last hope is a trail of breadcrumbs? Lindsey Watkins’ tale delves into the warmth of a loving family and the consequences of its absence from a child’s life. Although set in a traditional fairy-tale forest, the story can be seen being played out in our society everyday.

This is my illustration for ‘Hansel’s Trouble’  published alongside 16 other short stories in ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ by Mother’s Milk Books. To purchase a copy please visit their shop.

Illustration for ‘Rumpelstiltskin’

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‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ illustrations – ‘Rumpelstiltskin’. This story, written by Rebecca Ann Smith, offers a new take on the traditional tale. Exploring sacrifice, loss and love, ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery and emphasizes the importance of staying true to yourself.

Rebecca’s first novel, psychological thriller ‘Baby X’, will be published by Mother’s Milk Books later this year. Visit her blog at:www.rebeccaannsmith.co.uk

For a copy of ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’, published by Mother’s Milk Books, please visit their shop!

‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ – launched!

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Saturday saw the launch of ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’, a collection of fairytale-inspired short stories and the second book for which I have produced illustrations. TFATF2 was published by Mother’s Milk Books, an independent publisher in Nottingham, UK. The stories weave the trials of human emotion through settings both contemporary and long ago and deal with sacrifice, love, loss, hope and finding oneself in a world dominated by society’s pressure to conform. Realisation soon dawns on the reader that, in the end, the tales that we dismiss as ‘fairy stories’ are actually being played out in life, every single day. The characters and settings may have changed – the spell of the traditional wicked witch may now have become the effects of commercialism, a tower once upon a time may now be a high-rise flat at The Elephant and Castle, London – but there’s no mistaking the power of the lessons that each story teaches.

To discover the artistry and storytelling of 17 fantastic authors, and of course to see my very finely detailed internal illustrations, please purchase a copy from the Mother’s Milk Books Shop. The amazing cover artwork is by the wonderful and multi-talented Marija Smits. Visit her blog for her experiences of writing, editing and illustration!

Cubone tattoo planning

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I should really stop watching Tattoo Fixers as it makes me want a tattoo – the truth is I’d probably never get the courage to. Hypothetically though, if I were to have a tattoo (and this question comes up a lot when watching Tattoo Fixers), what would I have? It’d have to be something that  I know I would never get bored of. Applying that logic, the only three things I’ve consistently loved for 15 years (other than family…of course) are animals, flora… and Pokemon! So here’s the current progress of the tattoo-inspired amalgamation of those things. The Kodama from Princess Mononoke tried to sneak in too but didn’t manage to get over to the final page!