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Mrs Cake Suspects a Psychic Purturbation

Commissioned by Gollancz for their 2009 Terry Pratchett Discworld Calendar. The idea was taken from Reaper man. See the Fantasy Gallery for the finished artwork.

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Caverns of the Snow Witch

The preliminary sketch for the Fighting Fantasy book. You'll notice that she was eventually covered...

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Man Plus [colour prelim]

Preliminary painting for a book by Frederick Pohl, commissioned by Bantam. American publishers often preferred to have a rough in colour. See the Vintage Gallery for the finished artwork.

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Return to Firetop Mountain 2

My second sketch for Return to Firetop Mountain. It looks more serious than my first attempt,...

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Return to Firetop Mountain

This is my first sketch for The Fighting Fantasy book Return to Firetop Mountain. The publishers...

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Zombie Hunter

This is my original sketch for the painting that eventually became the Zombie Street Party. It...

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The Little Green God of Agony; prelim

This is the sketch for the painting for Stephen King's story The Little Green God of Agony, which appears in the PS/Cemetery Dance edition of A Book of Horrors, edited by Stephen Jones.

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Crypt of the Sorcerer

Preliminary sketch for one of the Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks by Ian Livingstone, re-issued by Wizard Books.See the Horror Gallery for the artwork.   

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Rawhead Rex Preliminary Design; 2

Another of my sketches for Rawhead. Mostly I was wondering how to get that huge mouth to look convincing>

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Mighty Max Dreadheads

These sketches are preliminary drawings for the packaging of Mighty Max Dread Heads also called Hairy Heads. I never did get the artworks back.   

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Incubus Creature Design; 2

One of the sketches I did for the monster in the movie Incubus. I much prefer this idea to the one that was eventually used.

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Incubus Creature Design; 1

In the early eighties I did some design work for a movie called Incubus. This is one of the sketches I did for the monster and is closest to what eventually appeared in the movie. You might notice some similarity to my painting The Ghoul.

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Smoke and Mirrors

Sketch for the cover painting for Smoke and Mirrors, a collection of screenplays, teleplays, stage plays, comic scripts and treatments by 13 masters of horror and fantasy. Edited by Richard Chizmar the book includes scripts by Joe Hill, William Peter Blatty and Neil Gaiman. It is published by Cemetery Dance.See the Horror Gallery for the finished painting   

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Dragongirl

Preliminary sketch for the novel by Todd McCaffrey which can be seen in the Fantasy Gallery.      

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A Hard Place

Preliminary sketch for the painting A Hard Place which can be seen in the Fantasy gallery.

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Wild Dogs

This is a rough sketch I did for an album entitled Wild Dogs by American rock band The Rods. As you can see from the cover below they did not go with this idea and the eventual painting was different. I much prefer this.   

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The Guardian

Preliminary drawing for a gaming artwork. Although this drawing was approved the final artwork was never used.The finished painting is in the Fantasy Gallery.

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Demobilising Dorfl; Prelim

Preliminary sketch for the painting commissioned by Gollancz for their 2010 Discworld Calendar. See the Fantasy Gallery for the finished work.

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Skylord Prelim

Commissioned by Puffin for the cover of one of the very popular Fighting Fantasy gamebook series by Ian livingstone and Steve jackson. See the Vintage Gallery for the painting.         

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Revenge of the Vampire

Preliminary sketch for one of the Fighting Fantasy books published by Puffin.      

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Sunglasses After Dark prelim

The brief for this job was to give the main character a punky, street look. Somewhere along the way the publishers asked me to "smooth her out" a bit and in the final painting she looks a bit more cool and sophisticated. While I do like the end result I feel that this drawing has more of the feel that was initially required. The finished painting is in the Vintage Gallery.   

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Heroquest prelim

This drawing resurfaced recently after some years of being, er, misplaced. Although you will notice differences between this and the finished piece this is about the closest of the several sketches I did. The most important thing for the client was to include as many of the game characters as possible. As is often the case I think the looseness of the handling here gives a feeling of vigour and action which did not quite make it into the final painting.   

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Dragonheart prelim 2

The second sketch for the cover of the Todd McCaffrey book, commissioned by Del Rey (Random House). See the Fantasy Gallery for the painting. This second drawing is much closer to the finished piece and has a more decorative feel. The Art Director asked for a landscape of rolling wheat fields, but he seemed to suggest vast prairies stretching on forever. My own feeling is that Pern is closer to a medieval society, without modern farming technology, and that fields would be smaller and more irregular.      

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Dragonheart prelim 1

This was the first sketch for the cover of the Todd McCaffrey book commissioned by Del Rey (Random House). The final painting is in the Fantasy Gallery.The Art Director wanted an image that showed the dragons intertwined and suggesting a mating ritual. This was my first attempt and in many ways I prefer it to the later one, purely in terms of composition. However I was asked to rework it and in retrospect I can see that these dragons might be seen as aggressive. Mind you, whoever said that the mating ritual of dragons would be a calm affair?      

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The Fall of the House of Usher and other stories

Prelim for an artwork originally commissioned for a childrens educational edition of stories by Edgar Allen Poe, published by Longman/Penguin and edited by H Andersen. Also used by Cemetery Dance Publications on the cover of Great Ghost Stories, selected by R. Chetwynd-Hayes and Stephen Jones. Includes stories by Stephen King, Brian Lumley and Ramsey Campbell.See the Horror gallery for the finished artwork         

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Brightness Falls From the Air [prelim]

Commissioned by Sphere for the cover of Brightness Falls From the Air by James Tiptree Jr. See Vintage Gallery for the finished artwork.   

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Ginger the Somnambulist [prelim]

Commission by Gollancz for their Terry Pratchett's Discworld Collectors' Edition Calendar 2008. See the Fantasy Gallery for the finished artwork.

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Dragonmaster #3 - Last Battle [prelim]

Preliminary drawing for the third book in the Dragonmaster series by Chris Bunch, published by Orbit. See the Fantasy Gallery for the finished artwork.    

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Fiend [prelim]

Drawing for book cover of the novel by Guy N. Smith, published by Sphere. See the Vintage Gallery for the finished artwork.   

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Summer Chills [prelim]

Cover for an anthology edited by Stephen Jones, and published in the USA by Carroll & Graf. See the finished artwork in the Horror gallery.

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Cannibals [prelim]

Cover for the novel by Guy N. Smith, published by Arrow.

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Mania [prelim]

Cover for the novel by Guy N. Smith, published by Sphere. See Vintage Gallery for finished artwork.                

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Resolution Superheroes [prelim]

N.B. copyright © RPM3, 2007 Prelim for the first advertisement of Resolution Asset Management's superheroes advertisement, commissioned by RPM3 Agency. See artworks of these four characters in the Fantasy Gallery.

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Conan the Raider [prelim]

Prelim for the Tor edition of one of Leonard Carpenter's first contributions to the Conan series.

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Dragon Harper [prelim]

Cover for the UK & USA edition of a novel by Todd McCaffrey. See Fantasy Gallery for the artwork.   

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The Zengakuran, Deeper In [prelim]

Preliminary sketch for a private commission.See the Fantasy Gallery for the finished artwork.

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Conan the Invincible [prelim]

Prelim for cover of one of the Conan books written by Robert Jordan and published by Sphere.

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Nurgle [prelim]

Sketch for a Games Workshop game box cover.

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From the Deep [prelim]

Personal piece. See the Fantasy Gallery for the finished artwork.

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Shadows in the Mist [prelim]

Cover for a novel by Brian Moreland, published by Blue Morpho. See the Horror Gallery for the finsihed artwork.

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The Time Ships [prelim]

Preliminary sketch for cover of Stephen Baxter's sequel to H.G. Wells The Time Machine. Published by Voyager. The final artwork ended up rather different to the sketch - see the Science Fiction Gallery for the finished artwork.

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The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women [prelim]

Book cover for an anthology edited by Stephen Jones, including stories by Tanith Lee, Nancy Kilpatrick and Ann Rice, with an introduction by Ingrid Pitt. See the Horror Gallery for the finished artwork.

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Alqua Dreams [prelim]

Cover for a novel by Rachel Pollack, published by Franklin Watts.

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Tesla [prelim]

Sketch of Nikola Tesla done for the cover of Fortean Times magazine. See the Fantasy Gallery for the original artwork.

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Heroquest: Ogre Pack [prelim]

Sketch for an MB Games box cover. See the Vintage Gallery for the finished artwork.

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Heroquest: Legion of Heroes [prelim]

Sketch for an MB Games box cover. See the Vintage gallery for the finished artwork.

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The Wish [prelim]

Sketch for the Legs Diamond CD cover. See the Science Fiction Gallery for the finished artwork.

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Deathworld Trilogy [prelim]

Preliminary sketch for the books by Harry Harrison. The art director's idea with this piece was to have one large picture which would be split over three bookjackets so they could be displayed together on the shelves to recreate the painting. Unfortunately, she changed jobs in the middle of the project and, as you can see from the covers, the new art editor missed the whole point. See the Vintage Gallery for the three original artworks.   

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The Humanoid Touch [colour prelim]

Preliminary painting for a book by Jack Williamson, commissioned by Bantam. See the Vintage Gallery for the original artwork.

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End as a Hero [prelim]

This was the second sketch for this piece. See Vintage Gallery for artwork.    

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The Second Wish and Other Exhalations [prelim]

Sketch for the cover of a collection of stories by Brian Lumley. See Horror Gallery for artwork.

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The Forgotten [prelim]

I found this sketch in a drawer. I've entirely forgotten what it was for, but I do know I never got to do the finished artwork. As the monster looks quite cute I thought I'd include it.

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Shudder Again [prelim]

Sketch for a cover for a collection of stories edited by Michele Slung. Commissioned by Penguin. See horror gallery for finished artwork.

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City Jitters [original prelim]

This was my very first drawing for a the cover of this collection of stories by Christopher Fowler. There was a mix-up at the publishers and this idea was never used. See the Vintage Gallery for the finished artwork and elsewhere in Prelims Gallery for sketch of the image that was used on this bookcover.            

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City Jitters [final prelim]

Studies for a book cover for a collection of stories by Christopher Fowler, commissioned by Sphere. See the Vintage Gallery for the finished artwork.            

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Hounds of Avalon [prelim]

Preliminary sketch for the cover of Mark Chadbourn's novel. See the Fantasy Gallery for the artwork.

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Conan the Defender [prelim]

Sketch for a Conan book by Robert Jordan, and commissioned by Sphere.

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Man Plus [prelim]

Preliminary sketches of main figure used on the cover of Man Plus by Frederick Pohl, published by Bantam. See the Vintage Gallery for the finished artwork.

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Yellow Fog [prelim]

Sketch for the fourth book in the Don Sebastian de Villanueva series by Les Daniels. See the Horror Gallery for finished artwork.

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Dragonsblood [prelim]

Sketch for new novel in the Pern series by Todd McCaffrey. See the Fantasy Gallery for finished artwork.

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Creature of Havoc [prelim]

Preliminary drawing for a Fighting Fantasy bookcover. See horror gallery for finished artwork.

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Tombworld [prelim]

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Rawhead Rex #2 [prelim]

One of a pair of sketches (see also Rawhead Rex #1) for the cover of the graphic novel by Clive Barker and commissioned by Eclipse. See the Graphic Novels gallery for finished artwork.

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Rawhead Rex #1 [prelim]

One of a pair of sketches (see also Rawhead Rex #2) for the cover of the graphic novel by Clive Barker and commissioned by Eclipse. See the Graphic Novels gallery for finished artwork.

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Nightbreed [prelim]

Prelim for the film poster in the UK. See artwork in Horror Gallery This drawing has a faint footprint in one corner which may belong to Clive Barker. Does that make this piece a collector’s item?

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Mutant Chronicles [prelim]

This drawing is a bit beaten-up, but I decided to include it, warts and all. See the SF Gallery for the finished artwork.

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Dragonsfire #2 [prelim]

Prelim for the cover of Dragon's Fire by Anne & Todd McCaffrey. See the Fantasy Gallery for the finished artwork.

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Dragonsfire #1 [prelim]

Original sketch for the cover of Dragon's Fire by Anne & Todd McCaffrey. See the Fantasy Gallery for the finished artwork.

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Ghoul [prelim]

Prelim drawing for the book cover of a novel by Mark Ronson. I'm amazed that this drawing has survived so many years. See the Vintage Gallery for the finished artwork.

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Tapping the Vein Vol #5 [prelim]

Prelim for cover of one of the Tapping the Vein series published by Eclipse. Very loosely based on a Clive Barker story. See the Graphic Novel Gallery for the finished artwork.

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Conan: Red Nails [prelim]

Prelim for frontispiece artwork commissioned for Orion's Chronicles of Conan. See the Fantasy Gallery for the finished artwork.

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Vimes & Croissant Rouge [prelim]

Prelim for artwork used in the 2005 Terry Pratchett Discworld calendar. This is my original sketch for this piece and I include it because I feel it's better compositionally than the final painting. Also I'm rather fond of the gorilla that didn't make it past the sketch stage. See the Fantasy Gallery for the finished artwork.

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