Illustration and layout design for Girlguiding

Breaking Free is a 142 page Girlguiding peer education resource that teaches participants (girls and boys aged between 14 and 25) about gender stereotyping – how to spot it, and how to challenge it. I can only show a few images (at Girlguiding’s request) and have blurred copy deliberately.

I defined the creative direction and laid out the entire resource, working closely with the team at Girlguiding, who in turn were working incredibly closely in consulting with their membership and target users of the resource. The end result is a vibrant (using every brand colour!) resource, made precisely for those that will use it the most – Girlguiding’s membership.

All of the characters were made in Illustrator CC and the project laid out using InDesign CC. Since producing this resource, I’m delighted to now be a Girlguiding UK preferred supplier.

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Warrior Queen – Oxford University Press

A retelling of the Boudicca uprising in 61AD from the perspective of an Iceni father and daughter. No one wins, no one is a hero; least of all the awe-inspiring queen herself.

These are some of the character portraits at the front of the book.

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Honestly, doing this project made the Boudicca story very real for me. Being from the part of Britain the Iceni ruled over – East Anglia – I felt an actual sense of personal tragedy in Boudicca’s story. What we know of her is solely from Roman records, so while we have no idea how old she actually was, it’s very likely true that she and her daughters were raped and beaten by Roman troops when she took the Iceni throne after her husband, the previous king, died. Because the Romans likely bragged of it.

With her army in the tens of thousands, few of whom were actually warriors, she was able to wreak havoc against Roman towns and cities; slaughtering populations of Roman and acquiescent Briton alike. To know her was to fear her. To not join her was to be terrified by her.

Whilst most of the Roman troops were in Anglesey, systematically destroying druidic culture and the very oak forests that nurtured it, Boudicca brought the Roman occupation to the brink of collapse. However, Suetonius Paulinus, the Roman general overseeing the British campaign, swiftly turned his army back to the east, and cut down Boudicca’s mob without mercy. It’s doubtful that it will ever be known exactly how Boudicca died.

British Celtic culture was eradicated. Suetonius still has a statue in Bath.

Website illustrations for PR firm Carrot Communications

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For the Fallen and other Poems – Oxford University Press

For the Fallen has been described as “the most frequently quoted war poem, having a resonance for all wars and all nations”. Ok, so I got that from Wikipedia, but so many lines from it are instantly recognisable even if you hadn’t heard of its 1914 author, Laurence Binyon. “Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.” It will always ring out loudly.

For the Fallen and other poems came pretty hot off the back of the Warrior’s of Honour book for OUP and despite the fact that it couldn’t have been more different in nature I was ecstatic at being asked to illustrate the title poem and cover, especially after hearing the pitch – a collection of war poetry told in graphic novella form. I love comics – what a great opportunity to make one.

The design team at OUP  gave me the brief which dramatised the poem from the perspective of a grieving mother and father, coming to terms with the loss of their sons in World War One. My great granddad, James Hunn, was a stretcher bearer in the trenches so it resonated immediately. Ever since my mum told me that about him, I’ve always felt greatly troubled imagining what he saw and how he coped. This project gave me another way to look at it, from the perspective of my great grandmother, and even though she never received the dreaded telegraphs the Mother of this adaptation of For The Fallen received, she will have felt the same loss as he went to war and the same elation on his return.

For the Fallen and other poems isn’t just about WW1 though; poetry from other conflicts including the American Civil War and the Crimean War also feature, illustrated by some brilliant comic book artists including Tim Gibson and Tom Humberstone. This ‘Graphic Texts’ series is overseen by comics legend Dave Gibbons.

So while the target age-range is 8 to 11 years it’s bound to appeal to lovers of graphic novels and comics generally.

Published September 2016.


Final artwork

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Cover

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Full-bleed spread background

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‘For the Fallen’ in full with page border

Rough artwork

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You can read about the work in progress on this blogpost.


Publisher’s synopsis
This exciting poetry collection, told in graphic form, makes poems come alive for a modern audience. Each poem is presented in both in graphic and text-only versions. ‘There is music in the midst of desolation.’ This emotive collection of poems looks at the harshness of life in the trenches during the First World War, the brutal battlefields of the American Civil War and the senseless charge of the light brigade in the Crimean War. This book also contains notes on the inside front and back covers with advice on supporting older children with their reading, ideas for follow-up activities and higher-level comprehension questions.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198367871


Buy For the Fallen and other poems
Foyles: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/childrens/project-x-origins-graphic-texts-dark,patrick-miller-tim-gibson-tom-9780198367871

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/project-x-origins-graphic-texts-dark-red-book-band-oxford-level-20-for-the-fallen-and-other-poems/patrick-miller/tim-gibson/9780198367871

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Project-Origins-Graphic-Texts-Oxford/dp/0198367872/ref=sr_1_40?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1471344028&sr=1-40