Editor Huw Lewis-Jones approached us as illustrators with this brief:
The commission is simple. Draw the map of an island. An island of your own imagining...
A fantasy island. Yours to create. A heaven or hell, tropical paradise or icy waste, wild beasts, sea monsters, remarkable peoples…close by or remote, past, present, or future…whatever you fancy…perhaps a combination of all these things, who knows...
It is your kingdom. Your island state. Or maybe it’s an island you’ve just discovered. Really, it could be anything you like, within reason, as long as you’d be proud to see it published in this kind of special gathering.
A simple, beautiful map of an imaginary island.
So we did! I based mine on the island of Islay where my dad grew up, but imagined a silly history for it based on animal shenanigans. While I was drawing the map, I was actually on Islay, looking out a window across a field to a massive woolly sheep who was endlessly teasing and persecuting a cow in the same field, and these ideas fell into place.
It's a beautifully produced book, and would make a terrific gift.
I'm so pleased that my work's appearing alongside so many other illustrators who are big heroes of mine, including Kate Hindley:
And Nick Sharratt! Find out more about this luxury volume here on the Thames & Hudson website, an here's a little video I made, flipping through it.