Wednesday, 8 February 2012

A Sneak Peak of Some Upcoming Publications

I'm dying to share some of the work I did for The Folio Society before Christmas, for a book called Medieval Comic Tales by Derek Brewer, but it won't be published until June so I'd better hold off for a bit. Here's a little teaser though; a wee snippet from the frontispiece....















The book is a collection of mini stories from across Medieval Europe that range from the moralistic to the just-plain-peculiar, quite a few of which contain a randy/foolish/both clergyman.
It was a fun project to work on, I did twenty internal illustrations and the cover, with highlights including: a man getting a hot poker in the bum, an ape moonlighting as a nobleman, naked people stuck to a chamber pot and a man skewered through the eye by a boat hook. It'll be out in June, so watch this space, or check foliosociety.com nearer the time for more info.

 I recently created some little linocut icons for a BBC History Magazine article on Elizabethan senses which will be in the March issue. You'll have to check out the mag for the rest, but here are a couple to whet your appetite.

They'll be used as headings for some illuminating insights into the sensory experiences of the late Tudor period. The other four 'senses' I illustrated were Seeing, Feeling, Smell and Fear. The magazine's out on the 28th February if you'd like to see the rest and learn a little more about what life felt like for our recent ancestors.

And, last but not least, Chickens: The Essential Guide to Choosing and Keeping Happy, Healthy Hens by Suzie Baldwin, published by Kyle Books, on which I worked back in October/November, will be out on the 22nd March and is available for pre-order now on Amazon. I received my copy the other week and it's fantastic book, packed full of everything you need to know about looking after happy chooks of all shapes and sizes, plus gorgeous photos and lots of my little lino print illustrations throughout. Including a couple on chicken anatomy, like this one:




So that's a wee round up of some recent work that'll be out soon. Hope you're all keeping snug and warm!

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