Gruesome Children's Book Illustrations


Illustrations for a children's book - 'Gruesome Tales for Gruesome Boys' by a very horrid mum!

A mum of three, Frances Grant, with a passion for writting, contacted me to discuss the idea of me illustrating her new children's book 'Gruesome Tales for Gruesome Boys'. 

Fran sent me the words and I sketched out the characters in her book. There were ten gruesome boys to illustrate.


So I scribbled the rough designs on paper, scanned them in and sent them to Fran. She was very happy with the interpretation I had given the characters and was keen to proceed to the finished images.

Next, I drew the black line work on paper with a dip pen and ink - very old school. but so effective. Scanned them in, then coloured them up using a program called 'Rebelle', which allows the effect of watercolour on computer to work really well. As you can see.

Finally, I laid out the complete book with text and images for each and every page. 

Then, once Fran was happy with the layout and the content, I saved the files to the amazon specification, so that she was able to upload the artwork ready for publishing the book on demand.

Check out the book online from Amazon... (Sorry, but you'll have to search at the moment, as I don't have the link yet - how embarassing!)



Some of my page illustrations.


I think Fran was happy. These are her genuine email comments as the work progressed:


"They look absolutely brilliant! They’ve really come to life and are looking very gruesome indeed!"

"Thanks Dave, really loving the illustrations."

"Thanks so much Dave, made my blurry-eyed morning seeing this :-)"

"I could HUG you right now! I absolutely love this Dave, it really does look fantastic and I am so over the moon! Thank you to the moon and back."


Here are more examples of the book illustrations what I have done.

To see even more gruesome stuff please do contact me.


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