Saturday, 30 November 2013

Tudor Beasts for BBC History Magazine

I recently created a series of period-specific prints to illustrate a BBC History Magazine article called Deadly Beasts of Tudor England, written by Steven Gunn and Tomasz Gromelski.

The article catalogues some of the everyday animal-based accidents that could prove fatal for 16th century people, so I was asked to create dramatic illustrations with a distinctly Tudor feel.

Amazingly, while my home-county manages to sneak a little mention in the story about bears that accompanies the illustration below, it's not the bear story locals would expect.

As well as these four reduction prints, I also produced three black-and-white spot illustrations featuring bulls, pigs and birds.

The article and all seven illustrations are published in the Christmas 2013 issue of BBC History Magazine, out on the 5th December.