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I studied Illustration and Animation at Edinburgh College of Art, where I gained a B.A. Honours and then later an M.A. in Animation.
I have been illustrating for the past 15 years, working in publishing, editorial, advertising, as well as designing characters for television and producing biscuit packaging.
I started my career producing illustrations for The Scotsman newspaper, but then swiftly moved into animation where I worked as an art director on a number of television commercials. I then moved over in to illustration and to date have fully Illustrated over 40 books.
I love to draw with a dip pen and a bottle of ink, and often I have to use a hair dryer to speed dry the ink so that I can scan the drawings quickly and get on with the colouring which I do on my computer.
August 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month There’s a huge amount of information in this slim volume, gathered under headings such as Planet Earth, Physics, Numbers and Counting and Prehistoric Finds. It’s presented in a way that is sure to appeal to inquisitive young people, almost as a series of stories: short paragraphs explain the different topics linking them to the men and women who studied them and advanced our understanding. It makes for a fascinating narrative that gives a real sense of the development of scientific thinking. Illustrations help make the science clear and memorable and this is a book that will inspire as well as inform. ~ Andrea Reece
Children can find out what it was like to be a Viking, and learn about Viking homes, feasts, boats, gods and much more in this fascinating book. Colourful illustrations on every page show Viking life in a village and on a raid, alongside full-colour photographs of historical artefacts such as helmets, coins and tools. Perfect for readers who prefer fact to fiction, and those studying the Vikings at school. Internet links take readers to specially selected websites to find out more.
Usborne Beginners are colourful information books for children beginning to read on their own. Vivid, full colour illustrations and photographs on every page, accompanied by short, informative text.
There's one thing about her that's hard to ignore, THAT RIDICULOUS NECK! What on Earth was it for? Poppy the plesiosaur had a preposterously long neck - but what was it for? Did she use it to pluck off pesky parasites, to zap predators with electricity or to ambush unlucky fish? From the brilliant minds of world-renowned plesiosaur expert Dr Adam S. Smith, award-winning author Jonathan Emmett and illustrator Adam Larkum.
A message of resilience and optimism, when we have needed it most. This is the book of hope for Christmas. A book about adventure, family, hope and what we can achieve when we work together. If ever there was a keepsake to remind us of the kindness and courage of these unprecedented times, this is it. From his beginnings in Yorkshire in 1920 through to his incredible fund-raising campaign for the NHS (with some wild adventures along the way!), this is the story of Captain Sir Tom's amazing life, beautifully illustrated by Adam Larkum. Published in support of the creation of the Captain Tom Foundation.
Turn the pages of this fascinating atlas to take a tour of Britain and Ireland - from the craggy far north of Scotland, to the west coast of Ireland and green fields in the south east of England. Full of famous landmarks, native wildlife, culture and history, plus website links for video tours and more information.
Who were the Maya? Where did they live? Why did they build tall stone temples? Beginner readers can discover the answers to these questions and lots of other fascinating facts about the Maya in this engaging information book. With simple text, detailed illustrations and stunning photographs, plus internet links to specially selected websites.
Friends, Romans, citizens of the world - do you want to take a fast-paced trip through time? All of human history is here, from hunter-gatherers in the Ice Age to technological innovators in modern times. With bitesize narrative accounts, lively illustrations, timelines, maps and links to specially selected websites to bring history alive.
A fascinating introduction to the human body that answers key biology questions such as 'What is blood for?', 'What do muscles look like?' and 'How many bones does a body have?'. Each page covers a different topic such as the skeleton, muscles, circulation, the digestive system, cells and more, with anatomical-style illustrations and colour photographs. With over 130 stickers of organs, bones, x-rays, scans and cells to help children learn about the human body and how it works.
A fascinating first reference book that answers questions such as who were the ancient Romans? , where did they go to eat, shop and wash? and what did they do for fun? Each page is illustrated with scenes from Roman life, plus photographs of Roman artefacts such as mosaics, statues, carvings and coins. Perfect for readers who prefer fact to fiction and those studying the Romans at school, with internet links to specially selected websites with video clips and more information.
Reveals the real-life stories behind dozens of brilliant ideas, from the invention of the wheel, to the hi-tech gadgets of today. Describes the successes - and failures - of inventions in transport, food, household gadgets, communication, clothing, medicine and more. Humorously illustrated by Adam Larkum, with cartoons and simple diagrams showing how the inventions work. Includes invention timelines, a glossary and internet links to websites with games, biographies and tips on becoming an inventor.
An approachable introduction to what chemistry is, how it works and why it is vital to everyday life. Topics include: the periodic table, atom structure and radiation, and the scientific method, all illustrated with humorous illustrations and diagrams. With simple experiments to aid learning and internet links to recommended websites to find out more.
Thirty illustrated cards full of interesting facts about some of the world's most beloved paintings. Each card has an image of a famous painting on one side and fascinating facts on the reverse, including the story behind the painting, when, where and by whom it was painted and interesting details. Includes paintings by da Vinci, Vermeer, Kandinsky, Pollock, Rousseau, Monet, van Gogh, Renoir, Picasso, Dali and Matisse.
With bright, cartoon-style illustrations and clear diagrams this sensitive, detailed and informative guide explains male puberty in a reassuring and friendly way. It tackles everything from physical and hormonal changes to emotional upheaval. Ideal for libraries and schools, the contents and index pages make key topics easy to find.
Young Reading: Series One. Follows the story of the world’s most popular treat from its origins in the rainforests of Central America to shops and factories everywhere. This level is perfect for children just starting to read confidently on their own. These are 48 pages in length with 1000-1500 words. They use fairly short, simple sentences and everyday vocabulary. Typically, these titles contain several short stories or one longer story divided into chapters. Fables, folk tales, history and contemporary fiction form the mainstay of this level.
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