Cassandra Darke – review

Featuring an unlikely female anti-hero who is well into middle age and has hardly any redeeming features, with this graphic novel Posy Simmonds has put her finger on the zeitgeist, presenting to the reader a world no longer sure of itself, where pigeons always come home to roost.

Illuminatlas – review

This clever and intricate set of illustrations is a feast of interactive images in a relatively slim volume, bursting with facts and providing the reader with an immersive, surprising and fun experience.

The Power and Influence of Illustration – review

An extensively illustrated tome from Alan Male, who writes authoritatively on the subject, moving through eras to provide a survey that focuses specifically on the notion of the message, impact and significance of illustration.

The Graphic Design Reader – review

This scholarly and engaging collection of key readings provides an excellent body of work for those who wish to understand how the subject of graphic design is moving from a field towards a discipline.

What Does the Crocodile Say? – review

What Does the Crocodile Say? focuses on the first day of nursery, and kicks off introducing sounds with ‘The alarm clock goes Dringg Dringg’. This repetition of words carries on throughout the book – great for reading aloud.

How to work with brands

Driven by curiosity & led by culture, Sarah Williams believes that art has the power to inspire and engage audiences in new and unexpected ways. Having worked in advertising for..

Lichen – review

An affecting tale of a reindeer herdsman on an epic journey involving a snipey sprite, a vicious one eyed bear and a mysterious woman. All strikingly drawn by Stuart Kolakovic.

Cressida Cowell is new Children’s Laureate

Author and illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon series and the Emily Brown picture books, Cressida Cowell, has been announced as the Waterstones Children’s Laureate for 2019-2021.

Illustrator of the Month: June

July is nearly upon us, marking the beginning of summer in full swing. Before this happens though, we are proud to present our 15th edition of ‘Illustrator of the Month’:..

Mega Meltdown – review

Jack Tite’s book offers loads of information on this Ice Age time of frozen oceans and ice-sheeted land, and of the supersized animals that adapted to live over this period.

The Book of Pebbles – review

Written by Christopher Stocks and illustrated by Angie Lewin, this a publication on pebbles which engages and delights the eye and the mind.


About you My name is Ben Tallon. I’ve been working full time, freelancing in the creative industries for 10 years, primarily as an illustrator. Alongside this I art direct, write..