My original illustrations were Black and White line art, micro fine pens on CS10 paper, providing the likes of top publishers Anness, Boxtree, Crowood, EMAP and authors of the calibre of John Wilson, Bob Nudd with the power to get across the detail of how they fish.

My illustration evolved from a commission to write and illustrate a series of 4 coarse fishing ‘introduction’ style books for The Crowood Press. The titles were An Introduction to Pike Fishing, An Introduction to Carp Fishing, An Introduction to Coarse Fishing, An Introduction to River Fishing, all of which were of a new style with a spread of colour across the book and not in a block. This artwork soon drew attention to my skill and subsequently I had a steady stream commissions through the late 80’s and early 90’s for the original line illustrations.

Never being one to stand still it was becoming obvious in the mid 90’s that colour artwork offered a new opportunity and I was quick to get closer to this and took on the challenge of producing digital illustrations using the latest systems and software.

Recognising the developing publishing market for full colour illustration, I have been continually developing my skill and systems to supply a product to match the needs of my target market. This had taken the artwork off the drawing board and into the world of computer generated images.

This has the immediate advantage of providing a very efficient way to create and supply finished artwork. No longer is there the added cost and inconvenience for any publisher of having to scan and colour correct line and brush artwork! All my images are supplied print or screen ready, colour correct for the job in hand….

Some recent work samples……..

Feeder rig for Improve Your Coarse FishingIllustrations and cover for Fishing the Norfolk Broads bookCarp fishing - pva bagged rig for Improve Your Coarse FishingFront and rear packaging artwork for Snowbee LuresLogo development and final design in use for Phoenix Consultancy

To meet the needs of bringing a fresh style to my illustrations for Bauer Publications (formerly EMAP Active) Improve Your Coarse Fishing magazine when it updated in 2005, I took the step of trying to give the readers the feel that they were actually in the swim with the fish and their tackle. I think it has succeeded and I continue to illustrate monthly for Improve.

DPS illustration for Sea Angler

Subsequently I now illustrate monthly for Bauer’s Sea Angler magazine where the two mags now use a greater number of DPS (double page spreads) with inlaid copy.¬†Working for a fast moving publisher like Bauer, who need artwork with a short lead time for weekly or monthly publications needs artwork delivered in the shortest period, Hooklinks manage to supply full detail DPS spreads in days rather than weeks.

Hopefully through the image(s) here and those that will be on view across the various pages of the web site you can get a feel for my style. If I have succeeded in making you feel you want to touch the tackle, you might like to consider using such material to enhance your publications at some point in the future. Further you might like to consider using these through the extended services I now offer of Graphic Design and Web Design!

 

Reason to use Hooklinks

  • The most realistic feel available in angling illustrations today (probably)!
  • The readiness for print on receipt, no scanning or correction work with the cost savings associated!
  • Short period from commission to delivery (dependant on content)!
  • Simple conversion for use in any associated web site.
If you have need for colour illustrations or any specialised colour images, then I and Hooklinks will probably be able to help, whether for print or web. Whilst I no longer do the original black and white line illustration, the time costs have proved too expensive when compared to the colour work, I do have contact with an illustrator who can provide black and white illustration if needed.

Contact me if you have a project that requires illustration and we can discuss your needs and if appropriate provide some low res comp images to get you started.