Some samples from the many titles that I've illustrated and some
that I've written too.
From Art Book Review about The Magic of Drawing -
'What this almost modest looking paperback offers is a positive masterclass in drawing animals, people and natural history subjects. Cliff conveys more in just a few words and drawings than many books don't even manage in a whole chapter, and this is a thoroughly practical guide as well as an absolute eye-opener to the many possibilities available to you.'
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The book is divided into three parts - the first deals with how we see and introduces basic practices to draw from the intuitive response, rather than the thinking mind. The second part examines exercises that will help with the skill of using the hand. The third section talks about picture development including composition, character development, use of space, etc...
This book took two and a half years after college to finally find it's way into publishing. A long process of development and many rejections but it did start my career, being runner-up for The Mother Goose Award.
I had a long and friendly relationship with Ladybird Books, illustrating several titles with them. When they approached me with this one I was so busy with other work that it didn't look sensible to take it on. But, it's 'Wind In The Willows'! The images flowed as they were already in my head and the whole book was completed in just two weeks...
A really nice book to illustrate with a deceptively simple, lyrical text. And it has sold consistently in Germany for some reason.