Melody Finch

Melody Finch is out today! This is a middle grade eco-fantasy journey across Australia, from Queensland down to the SA coast. I got to draw the Murray river! And a diamond firetail! And I designed the title font, which is new for me!

The cover was a collaboration with the authors, and I’m very proud of how it turned out. All the best Ian and Gary, I’m glad this book is out there in the world now 🙂

The Grandest Bookshop in the World!

Today is release day for The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor, and, delightfully, the first time my illustrations appear on the cover of a published book. The entrancing cover design is by Affirm Press, and I contributed the characters and window illustrations. I can’t wait til I can go to a bookshop and see it for real. But, in the meantime, it has been a pretty exciting distraction from Covid lockown.

As for the actual story: it’s a glorious middle-grade fantasy adventure set in 1890s Melbourne, and the bookshop, known as Cole’s Book Arcade, was a real place. I loved it, and it feels like such a special story, grounded in Melbourne history.

Thank you so much to Meg Whelan, and the Affirm team, for bringing me into this project.

Here’s the book trailer:

And here’s a little close up of the MCs :