My new book, What Would Marx Do?, is now finished, and is due to be published by Octopus Books in March of next year. You can read more about it here. If you’re eager, you can preorder it on Amazon. As well as writing this book, I also illustrated some of it. Some of these pieces are for sale in the gallery, but – understandably – the publishers would like me to keep the other illustrations from public view. However, if you were interested in buying any of the originals, you can contact me so that I can arrange a private digital viewing.
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Discount: All newsletter subscribers get 5% on art sales and commissions.
Commissions: At the moment, I am currently OPEN for personal commissions. From now until Christmas, I am offering the following (sorry to mention the C word… Nice pressie idea maybe?):
- A7 size = £20
- A6 size = £40
- A5 size = £80
- A4 size and up = depends on time and business – please enquire
Please get in touch with any questions, etc.
Internet marketing genius that I am, 17 years after setting up a website, I now have a newsletter – well, three actually. It’ll be very occasional, very unspammy, and subscribers will get 5% off (off what, exactly, is yet to be decided…). It’ll also be very functional, less “here’s a thinly veiled piece of marketing clickbait masquerading as something interesting” and more along the lines of “Here art here” (to quote ‘Withnail and I’) or “Me book good – you go here”. Stuff like that. It’ll also keep those interested up to date on The Illustrated Book Club. But you can choose what to hear about, and edit your preferences any time.
Anywayroad, go here, and get 5% off … things …
I’m currently working on illustrations for two books for Octopus Publishing: What Would Marx Do? (which I’m also writing), and What Would Keynes Do? (by Tejvan Pettinger). They’re both due out next year, but Octopus have allowed me to share some of the images –
Yesterday – due, no doubt, to despair at the current state of the world – my laptop suddenly decided to hurl itself at the floor (translation: I dropped it). This has left it with a big, arcing crack in the screen which, added to the fact that the keyboard no longer works properly, the power cord looks like something out of a health and safety warning video, and the whole thing takes 10 minutes to load Photoshop, means that Lappy has probably seen it’s final days.
A quick announcement to let everyone know that TIBC now has its own Facebook page (see here). Join me there to chat, suggest titles, and moan about Facebook (well, I’ll be moaning about Facebook – you’re welcome to join me…). Also, just a reminder that TIBC is also on Goodreads (for book discussion) and Patreon (for sketches, giveaways, postcards… etc).
The Illustrated Book Club now has an associated Goodreads reading group – to discuss books, suggest titles, etc. It’s already got a few members – check it out here.
You don’t need to support me on Patreon to join the discussion on Goodreads, and you can suggest titles, see links to the finish book covers. However, you won’t be able to vote on titles, get discounts, see work in progress, be eligible for giveaways and other rewards, and so on.
Just a reminder that all books covered will be public domain, so there’ll be a free etext somewhere, which means you can take part free.
See you there!
First of all, for anyone who needs to know, here is a statement to make clear my position on copyright and fan art:
The Illustrated Book Club on Patreon
My new Patreon page is now live. Each month or so, members of The Illustrated Book Club get to vote and suggest from a list of titles drawn from public domain fiction, non-fiction and short stories. We then discuss these (like a normal book club) while I provide illustrations. Members/supporters also get discounts on original art, commissions, prints and other rewards.
The first book is Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Visit my Patreon page to find out more. Go here to join/vote/suggest. We are shortly about to vote on the next book – the current voting suggestions are below.
(Votes will be added in brackets after each candidate as they appear)
- Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
- Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
- A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
- The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Casanova
- Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift
- The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli
Just uploaded nine new pieces of original art to the for sale gallery – philosophers and psychologists, mostly.
Go here: Original Art Sales and Commissions