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Showing posts with label steve may. Show all posts

Thursday, 11 July 2019

A Bestiary of (dimly remembered) Literary Terms

I was following a thread by @katemond on Twitter about 7 year olds being forced to learn about 'fronted adverbials' at school & after looking the term up realised the reality was a hell of a lot duller than my original idea of what a Fronted Adverbial looked like.

I proceeded to draw some more dimly remembered terms from studying English literature back in the mists of time.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

The Unlucky Eleven - publication day!

The Unlucky Eleven which is published today is my second collaboration with author Phil Earle for Barrington Stoke as part of their Little Gems series.
I really enjoyed illustrating this funny action packed story about a rather shambolic & comical football team with a supposedly cursed football kit! It's a very nicely produced & designed book & you can either by it online or even better head down to your nearest independent bookshop & ask for it.
"The action flows, both on the pitch and in the dressing room, and the story feels as real and authentic as a pair of muddy football boots. Steve May’s illustrations are bang on...A winner!"



Wednesday, 8 May 2019

The Haunted Tie (& other stories)

Excerpt from a series of horror stories I will never probably get around to writing...

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Sir Henry Rawlinson...

A fine quote from an eminently quotable movie 'Sir Henry At Rawlinsons End' written by the late great ginger geezer himself Viv Stanshall.

Monday, 25 March 2019

Thursday, 7 March 2019

World Book Day 2019

Happy World Book Day 2019 !
(but spare a thought for some of the less popular days too World Cook DayWorld Rook Day, World Crook Day

Spread the love & happy reading!

Monday, 4 March 2019

Monster Facts #016

Monster negotiation is always best attempted AFTER lunchtime!

(preferably with SWAT team back up)

See also Monster Facts #03

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Newham Word Festival with Guy Bass

I had a great time with author Guy Bass at the Manor Park library with the the kids from Monega Primary School  for the Newham Word Festival today. We covered everything from childhood vices, potato shaped children, dinosaurs, superheroes & not to forget our recent collaborations 'Noah Scape - Can't Stop Repeating Himself'  & 'Laura Norder - Sheriff of Butts Canyon'.

Guy's exuberance & expert storytelling went down really well with the kids & the morning gave me plenty of scope for plenty of live drawing to prove I was definitely 'quick on the draw' (see what I did there?!?!)

Thanks to the staff at Manor Park library for making us so welcome!

 Look at all our lovely books!
A meat pie, Tarzan & angry giraffe...
 Noah Scape
 Various superheroes (& Hulk's tiny trousers)
 Ten Gun Ben (& startled horse)
 Ten Gun Ben says "NO RULES!"
 A wild west 'good morning' pussycat (& rogue TARDIS)
 Potato shaped child & Guy's mum laying down the law 
(NB I have never met Guy's mum so this is purely invented)
 Noah Scape's favourite things!
 Laura Norder & Duncan Disorderly drawn from life in double quick time
(see below)


Monday, 25 February 2019

Down To Earth

Here's a couple of pictures from a recent book I illustrated called Down to Earth by Carmel Reilly for Oxford University press which I can find no trace of but anyone who knows me will know I'm fond of drawing aliens etc. so here you go!

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Laura Norder - Sheriff of Butts Canyon PUBLICATION DAY!

Laura Norder - Sheriff of Butts Canyon, my third collaboration with author Guy Bass for Barrington Stoke is published today, Friday 15th February
In this pun-tastic & funny Western adventure Laura Norder lives her life by the Golden Rules and so should everybody else. But being Sheriff of Butts Canyon at the age of ten is a big job to handle, and when a no-good rule-breaking bandit causes chaos in the town, enough is enough! It's time for Laura to step up to the plate and catch the masked mischief-maker before he breaks any more of her rules!

This was a great fun book to work on & I particularly loved visualising all of the subsidiary characters like Tad Tipsy the drunk bartender, Walter Spitty the town scruff & Mort L. Coil the undertaker.

You can order it here or even better, pop into your local bookshop & pick up a copy




Spooky Valentines Day!


Wednesday, 9 January 2019

I'm THOR!


Thor the thundergod went for a ride
Upon his favourite filly
"I'm Thor!" He cried
The horse replied,
"You forgot your thaddle, thilly."

(rhyme courtethy of )

Friday, 4 January 2019

Dry January

Krampus in his Christmas jumper has some advice...

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Pet Defenders 6 - Invasion of the Giant Nits

The sixth & last instalment of the Pet Defenders series by Gareth P Jones & me is published today (9th August) Order it at your nearest book shop or you can buy it online from here

The Pet Defenders Code: 1. The safety of Planet Earth depends on you. 2. Humans MUST NOT know the truth. GOOD LUCK – you’ll need it…

Biskit and Mitzy are confronted by a large alien spider who plans to destroy the planet. Worse, she has an army of nits that she can enlarge with a blast from her own invention: the Relativisor. She can also shrink things with it – and suddenly Mitzy is the size of a louse and clinging to Biskit’s head. Can the Pet Defenders stop the nits ripping the Earth apart? It’s a head-scratcher!

These books have been an absolute delight to draw, they're smart, funny & occasionally fairly disgusting, ALL the good stuff really! I'm going to miss Mitzy & Biskit!





Wednesday, 8 August 2018

International Cat Day 2018

(how to know when your cat's mixing with the wrong crowd)

Monday, 30 July 2018

Happy 80th birthday to The Beano!

Happy 80th birthday to The Beano! I loved it as a kid & was extremely honoured to add my own contribution in the form of the 6 Diary of Dennis The Menace books written by Steven Butler for Puffin Books. Huge fun to add my own spin to some of these iconic characters!


Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Cat saxophone!

I drew this for a private commission recently (no cats or saxophones were harmed in the process)

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

'Angry Knickers Face'

My fantasy wrestling alter-ego inspired by a Twitter(?) post about a father getting his 4 year old daughter to name WWF wrestlers from their photographs. 'Angry Knickers Face' was my favourite (along with 'Big Potato')