He’s a self-taught artist, but has worked alongside many of the luminaries of the illustration world for many years.
His work is hand painted using acrylics. T.S even has a brush with just a single hair, for those finer areas of detail. The work is finished off on a computer, for tweaking and final flourishes.
Whimsical, fantastical, often with a touch of darkness, T.S Spookytooth’s style is, well, a little spooky.
Tooth by Tooth published by Lerner Books/Millbrook Press has been chosen as the recipient of the 2017 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books in the Children’s Science Picture Book category.
The CLAU Awards 2016:
Beehive Book Award for Children's Literature for Bone by Bone.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? T.S: Lane Smith. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? T.S: Old Isleworth, for its close proximity to the River Thames. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? T.S: It is in a room of disarray, the carpet hasn’t been seen for years. Question: Describe the view from your studio window? T.S: A tavern of questionable repute and chimney pots guarded by rooks. Question: How do you get your ideas? T.S: They just arrive, marked for my attention. Question: Do you collect anything? T.S: Old photos, stamps, textures, cuttings, I squirrel it away and hope it’ll prove its worth one day.
Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? T.S: I have a Scrap Drawer, where anything of interest goes. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? T.S: Teuthology. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? T.S: To take one of the many stories I have languishing in my Story Drawer and create a timeless fusion of words and image. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? T.S: A Paleontologist. Question: Do you have any pets? T.S: My blue-ringed Octopus; Mr. Crillington Spade. Question: If you could travel back in time, who would be the one person you would want to meet? T.S: Theodor Seuss Geisel. Question: What do you have bookmarked? T.S: Page 103 of Villette.
Harper Collins, Nestle, Clarks Shoes, Templar Publications, Oxford University Press, Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Point One Percent, Harcourt Education, ScholasticFavourites
: Inside Out, Brighton.
: Chris Beetles
: Liquitex Acrylics.
: Ajiaco Bogotano.
: Colombia, South America.