Stealing some of the glitterball limelight from Strictly Come Dancing,  Sir Dancealot is out now from Bloomsbury. This nimble-toed young knight has a novel approach to combat – defeating his enemies through the medium of dance!

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Written by acclaimed children’s author Timothy Knapman and illustrated by me, this is a hilarious story of sequinned clothes, dragon foes and twinkly toes.

Sir Dancealot spot illustrations by Keith Robinson

Sir Dancealot 'Disco Lights' Illustration

From jiving away trolls to boogying aside bogglesnots and bopping off beasties, there’s not a fearsome foe Sir Dancealot can’t defeat.
But when a fire-breathing dragon arrives at the castle gates demanding a dance-off, everyone is worried.
Could this be one step too far for our hero of the dance floor?

Sir Dancealot illustration by Keith Robinson

Tim’s rhyming romp was a joy to illustrate. Although drawing a dancing, ice-skating dragon did present some challenges!

Reviews: 

Lovereading4kids
*September 2016 Book of the Month*

“This zany idea is perfectly executed through a jolly rhyming text and lively illustrations. Kids will love the idea of Strictly with dragons”

Read It Daddy
“Sir Dancealot” is full of fun and bops along to its own  sequin-encrusted rhythm thanks to awesome writing from Timothy and brilliant energetic illustrations from Keith.

Mum To Five
“a much loved recent addition to the kid’s bookshelf”

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Blimey! I’m beyond excited to be working with Disney-Hyperion Books, creating all the artwork for The Percy Jackson Coloring Book.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians is a bestselling book series by Rick Riordan. It follows the adventures of a twelve-year-old who discovers he is a son of Poseidon. Percy and his friends meet gods, battle monsters, and take on the Titans from Greek mythology.

All of which is brilliant fun to draw! It’s going to take a while (the colouring book will run to over 90 pages), but in the meantime, here’s a sneak-peek at the cover.

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In other news, I’ve just received my advance copies of Sir Dancealot from the lovely people at Bloomsbury. Hurrahalot!

Written by the brilliant Timothy Knapman, and illustrated by me, Sir Dancealot defeats all manner of fearsome beasts through the medium of dance, until one day, a light-footed dragon turns up.
‘A hilarious story of sequinned clothes, dragon foes and twinkly toes.’

I’ll post more about this when Sir Dancealot will hits bookstores and ballrooms in early September.

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And while we’re on the subject of dancing dragons, just for fun here’s a little Knight music to finish off with.
Adieu.

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Blimey, where is the summer going? August is upon us already, but at least that means it’s time for Robin Hood Festival 2015(3rd-9th August, Sherwood Forest Country Park – where else?) When I was a kid, I wasn’t bothered about Superman or Batman. Nope, Robin Hood was my tight-wearing hero of choice. Here’s a few character sketches I did for my own amusement a little while back. And herein lies a merry tale of the magical powers of Ye Olde Interweb. Read on…

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Not long after posting these on my blog, I received an email from a nice lady in Nottingham, asking if she could use the characters on some Robin Hood souvenirs. They’re now available from robinhoodgifts.co.uk and Nottingham Castle no less! I’m delighted that Robin and the gang are having a life outside of my sketchbook. The wonders of the internet eh? And I thought it was just for amusing cat videos and angry teenagers…

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You might have seen the #MeetTheArtist hashtag circulating on Twitter recently. There’s some lovely stuff out there by the talented artists of the Twitter-sphere. They all follow the same general format, with a central self portrait and lists of likes and dislikes on either side, plus the odd cheeky comment. Well worth having a look here.

Anyway, here’s my effort. Pleased to meet you! (Click the image to enlarge.)

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Behind the Book : Keith Robinson Discovers Modern Magic

June 17, 2015 9:54 am

This is a transcript of a blog interview by my lovely agents at The Bright Group. Special thanks to K.M Sharp for the word-smithery.

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Keith Robinson‘s diverse & distinguishable Bright portfolio has been a fiction favourite amongst clients for the past 3 years. His strong style and considered line work gained him the opportunity to work with up-and-coming Irish author Nigel Quinlan on his debut novel, The Maloney’s Magical Weatherbox (Orion).

STORY OVERVIEW: Neil and Liz Maloney’s dad is a Weatherman – but not the normal kind. He’s the person who makes sure the seasons change every year. This year, though, the Autumn hasn’t arrived and the weather is spiraling out of control. Witchcraft is at work, but can Neil and Liz stop the chaos before it’s literally the end of the world? 

 Here’s what Keith had to say about the intriguing project – 
Nigel’s vivid characters and fantastic situations, infused with Celtic magic, were wonderful to draw.
 
The illustrations were commissioned by editor Amber Caraveo at Orion Children’s Books. The brief was for 4 full-page illustrations for the start of each section of the book. The story is told in alternating chapters by the main protagonists, Neil and Liz. So for each part of the book I also drew a chapter heading vignette for Neil and one for Liz (eight in total), featuring a key moment in that section of the story.
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I was sent the manuscript, which I read while on holiday last year and really fell in love with the characters and the strange world of the Weathermen, so when I came to start drawing I already had a very clear image in my mind.
 
This is absolutely my favourite kind of subject: ancient magic colliding with the everyday modern world. The illustrations were mainly drawn using a brush and ink, with dip pen and fine-liners for detail. I wanted to create strong contrasts of black and white with dynamic compositions to convey the drama and magic of the story. I also drew a lot of character sketches to get in touch with the strong personalities of Neil and Liz.
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Neil and Liz are very modern kids but the book is in the classic tradition of children’s fantasy, bringing to mind Susan Cooper, Alan Garner and Neil Gaiman. So I wanted the illustrations to be contemporary but to also feel like part of the tradition of children’s fantasy book illustration, drawing on the influences of some of my own illustration heroes such as  Arthur Rackham, Paulline Baynes and Charles Vess.
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Nothing to do with American presidential elections… Just some superhero pictures, because it’s Tuesday, so why not?

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Click below to play the title sequence
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I recently worked with Buffalo Pictures,  designing and directing the titles for Martin Clunes’ latest series on ITV One.

Martin Clunes sets out on an international journey to investigate the extraordinary relationship between man and beast in this two-part documentary.

From birds to bears, and from pets to primates, involving ancient and modern techniques and partnerships, Martin observes humans and animals working side by side in ways that have existed and evolved during hundreds of millennia.

Title Card Design
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The titles were animated by Darian Weir at Fin London

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The Maloney’s Magical Weatherbox, published by Orion, is a brilliant debut by Irish author Nigel Quinlan.

(The cover art, above, is by the excellent Erwin Madrid.)

It was my great pleasure to provide the interior illustrations. I love working in black and white, and Nigel’s vivid characters and fantastic situations, infused with celtic magic, were wonderful to draw. You can see a few of them below. Click HERE to see the rest of the illustrations from the book.

Neil and Liz Maloney’s dad is a Weatherman – but not the normal kind. He’s the person who makes sure the seasons change every year. This year, though, the Autumn hasn’t arrived and the weather is spiralling out of control. Witchcraft is at work, but can Neil and Liz stop the chaos before it’s literally the end of the world?

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To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Penny Black, I’ve illustrated this commemorative stamp issue for Guernsey Post. The Penny Black was the world’s first adhesive postage stamp, and marked the begining of universal postage; a one price goes anywhere, affordable postal service to all UK addresses.
The designs show Sir Rowland Hill, widely credited as the inventor of the postage stamp. They also show a 19th century postman and mail coach and feature a reproduction of the original Penny Black stamp.

Click HERE to see more

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Seems like a good excuse for some pictures of knights and dragons. Not that I ever need an excuse for pictures of knights and dragons…

Click on the image to see more from my illustration portfolio.

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