london, United Kingdom
Monsters is a london based collective of 6 freelance illustrators. we each have our own styles and areas of graphic design and animation. we promote our work collectively through promotional material, a group website, exhibitions, and specially designed monsters products.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

River Cottage Christmas

I did the illustrations for the animated wintery title sequence for the one-off special Christmas episode of River Cottage. You can see it on catch-up here. Enjoy!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas display

Classified, a western style Deli in Hong Kong asked me to produce some Christmassy illustrations for their pop up shop. The way they animated them on their website is quite funny... take a look here... make sure you have the sound on... and scroll over the images. Happy Christmas time everyone!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Low yields raise fears of Japan-style liquidity trap

I put my last 50p in the gas meter
Always a pleasure to work for the FT, I did this for them recently.

David Humphries

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cover design: The Book of Friendship

This beautifully produced hardback book was published earlier this month by Little Brown Books. I did the cover illustration and Sian Wilson was the art director for this title.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

CATS AHOY! wins Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

Cats Ahoy! the book I illustrated written by Peter Bently for MacMillan publishers has won first prize at the Booktrust Roald Dahl Funny Prize awards in the 0-6 yr olds category, the winner for the 7-12 yr was Liz Pichon with her book The Wonderful World of Tom Gates. The award ceremony was on Tuesday 8th November at The Unicorn Theatre for Children, amongst the nominees was Mr Terry Jones, Leigh Hodgkinson, Alexis Deacon, Russell Ayto and many more fine folks...

I'm super chuffed with the result as its my debut picture book - beginners luck. The book and also signed prints of the artwork is available to buy from my shop if you're interested.

Its also been nominated for the CILIP Katie Greenaway prize amongst an incredibly strong list of illustrators including Oliver Jeffers, David Roberts and many more...

I'm currently working on my second book with Peter Bently at the moment which should be out sometime next year.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

charity Christmas cards

I've designed some Christmas cards this year for ndi moyo, a charity that provides palliative care for HIV/AIDS sufferers in Malawi.

I’ve done five designs, (all using traditional African patterns and textiles), which you get in a mixed pack of twelve cards (six cards by another illustrator) with envelopes.

If you're buying charity cards this year, hope you'll consider these!


Friday, September 30, 2011

Stephan Said album cover

I did some sketches at a gig in New York, showed the band, and then worked from the sketches to create their new album cover. Hurrah! Album released this month.


Travel poster

Hi Folks
Above is a traveling in London poster I've knocked up in my spare time.
£10 for an A1 folded copy, You know you want one, oh yes you do.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Roald Dahl - Funny Prize

I recently had some excellent news... CATS AHOY! has been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in the 0-6 years. I'm completely chuffed as its my first picture book, not that I've read - that I illustrated. Many thanks to Chris Inn's and Hannah Ray at Macmillan for pairing me up with the excellent Peter Bently. Good luck to all the fellow short-listers whose fate will be decided on November the 8th. I'm currently busy working on my next book with Peter for Macmillan, which should be out sometime next year.


Monday, September 26, 2011

New River Cottage veg every day! cookbook

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's new River Cottage cookbook is out, all about vegetables, and featuring illustrations by me...

I made prints with the vegetables in the ingredients themselves, and used them to create fun scenarios throughout the book. Hope you enjoy!


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Monsters Exhibition

Monsters Illustration Collective is peddling artwork and prints at the fabulous bicycle cafe-bar 'Look Mum No Hands!' between the 4th and 16th of September.
We are having a Private View on Thursday 8th September from 6 -10 pm.
All work will be for sale and most of it can be bought framed or as limited edition prints.
With prices from £20....... even illustrators can afford them.
Come and join us for this Monsters special event.
Look Mum No Hands! can be found at 49 Old Street, City of London EC1V 9HX,
Non-cyclists welcome!

Hello there

Here's some work I've not long finished for some lovely people across the pond at the Harvard Business Review. The article was called "The Relationships You Need To Get Right" and dealt with the need to be an "effective sponsor- and a good Protégé" throughout your management career. The pics will be dropped in over four pages. Should look nice.

Do come along to "Look Mum No Hands!" to see our work if you can


Tommy G's new website

Its been a long time -but I finally have a new site up with new work.
Enjoy! and look out for some more updates soon!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Mariko exhibition in Hong Kong

I have a solo show opening in HK next week, the private view is on 7 September, and the show is on until 24 September. If you're around, please stop by!


Sunday, July 31, 2011


I did this for the Guardian
It was a piece about aggressive overseas bowlers
India are touring at the moment, so a tiger seemed appropriate

David Humphries


This is a small excerpt from an article in Readers Digest which I illustrated

In the middle ages men who were desperate to have a boy often had their left testicle removed. This was because it was mistakenly believed that the right testicle created ‘boy sperms’ and the left, ‘girl sperms’.

David Humphries

Saturday, July 30, 2011

DLD and Bavarian National Museum

These collage figures of mine were used on banners outside the Bavarian National Museum in Munich to advertise an event organized by DLD and Siemens to celebrate the Women's Football World Cup in June. The illustrations were taken from the invite for the event which I co-designed with my good friend and talented artist Rina Donnersmarck.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Arrgh its my new book. Tis a swashbuckling tale of pirate plunder, derring do and a huge haul of haddock! When Alfonso the cat hears there’s a boat coming into harbour carrying its largest ever catch, he hatches a plan. It’s brave! It’s bold! And it involves a ghost pirate ship, some rather gullible fishermen, and cats … LOTS of cats.

Above is artwork for the cover and three of the artworked spreads, click to ENLARGE.

Written by Peter Bently and Published by Pan MacMillan, you can get a copy from HERE


Friday, July 15, 2011

Observer Food Monthly Awards

I did some fun line illustrations on photos for the Observer Food Awards last month. Hope you saw them and voted...


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cox Pippin

This is an editorial piece about unions educating their members

David Humphries

Little House TV

I did a small interview before xmas for a cable tv channel
It includes a web cam of me creating some artwork for the show

David Humphries

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Classic FM Illustration


This is a illo' I did for the lovely Sandra Marques (Art Editor) over at Classic FM, for their "True Stories" piece. It was about composer György Ligeti premiere of Poème Symphonique, which didn't go down to well with the good people of the Dutch city of Hilversum during the Gaudeamus New Music Week. Probably because it was played by 100 metronomes!

Guardian Sports page

Hello there.
This pic' was for last Mondays Guardian Sports back page, Martin Kelner was writing (partly) about his attention being drawn to the cleavage "four rows behind the players' seats" during the Andy Murray-Ivan Lubric match at Wimbledon.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Leela's Book

Leela's Book by Alice Albinia was published this month by Harvill Secker in a beautiful hard cover edition with a cover designed by me. The die-cut dust jacket reveals part of a second layer of illustrations covering the actual book. This job was a great opportunity to apply my love for paper engineering. Pick up a copy and enjoy!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Royal Academy Summer Show

Hello! I had a piece accepted into the Summer Show this year! The exhibition starts on June 7th, please go and have a look. I entered an artist's book, made with Japanese woodblock prints. Hope you enjoy...


Tuesday, May 31, 2011


This was done for Management Today about diversity in the work place.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New book cover design

My latest book cover design to be released as an e-book soon. The pattern of the owl captures symbols and aspects of the story. Click the image to see it enlarged.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Hong Kong tea set

Hello again, this is my new HK toile pattern tea set, on sale from Lane Crawford department store in Hong Kong. There are lots of little local HK details inside the pattern...


Friday, May 20, 2011

Sparkhouse mural

Hello! I 've just come back from NY, where I painted another mural character on the side of Sparkhouse Toystore, South Orange. The new Mr Alien in green, to complement the kid in an orange alien suit I did before. Hurrah!


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