I’ve been wanting to put illustrations to The End Of All Worlds for a long time. Actually I’ve always wanted illustrations in my books – the early ‘novel’, Ruins of the Old which I wrote aged 17/18 and submitted to my A-Level English as coursework and bound for my A-Level Art, was an illustrated thing. Books for all ages always used to be illustrated and I think its wrong that nowadays books with illustrations should be reserved for children.

But in this ambition I have always had a problem in that I cannot draw people reliably well, and when doing illustrations, the ability to draw people is, what you might say, vital. I’ve also had the idea that the kind of illustrations suited to The End Of All Worlds would be woodcuts, and I’ve been looking forward to getting to grips with this technique and printing them using my Adana Eight-Five presses. But woodcut design is a difficult skill to learn and I didn’t think I would have time to learn the art of woodcut, print the woodcuts and do enough to accompany each of the chapters in time to go with the story when published (even if I waited five years to have it picked up by a publisher or agency). So I had all but given up on the idea…

However, if I am to publish the book as an eBook on Kindle I need to have a cover for it. In working through a technique for creating a striking cover that works in black and white (essental for eBooks), I have created a cover image that I am happy with. Coupled with this I have recently submitted my application for 10 ISBN numbers to call my own. When you apply for your first set of ISBN numbers you have to submit the title information for was for my Mum’s book, The Underhill Buttons, and there is a space on the form for, if applicable, including the number of illustrations. This question hit me, hard. I’m currently looking at doing small illustrations to head up each of my chapters. The technique involves using my brush pen to trace the outline of the main drawing and then fill in the shading and add other elements as required. So far three down and 33 to go, it seems to be a technique that is working…