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The illustration process for the pictures in         'The Sleeping Garden' is very long and intricate.

The illustrations are first laid out in pencil. These sketches are created from my imagination with reference to observational drawings I have made from life or from photographs and videos. 

I build the illustrations up layer by layer, creating each one in coloured pencil or watercolour. Gradually, by scanning and importing into Photoshop I build up the final illustration, adding fine detail and finishing touches digitally. 

Each illustration can be made up of hundreds of individual layers and can take up to six weeks to complete.