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The Night Of The Low Moon - John William Evelyn, 2014. 0.05mm & 0.03mm pen on 300gsm watercolour paper.
Brand new illustration for my work-in-progress new book: 'To Climb, To Fall From Trees' - due for release Summer 2014

The Night Of The Low Moon - John William Evelyn, 2014. 0.05mm & 0.03mm pen on 300gsm watercolour paper.

Brand new illustration for my work-in-progress new book: 'To Climb, To Fall From Trees' - due for release Summer 2014

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An excerpt from my new book ‘To Climb, To Fall From Trees’ - due for release Summer 2014 - John William Evelyn

"You shouldn’t climb trees unless you’re happy to fall from them." He called out, immediately recoiling at his clumsy choice of greeting.

To his surprise, with eyes still closed she replied in a rather stern tone “Some fear the very idea of falling so they never climb at all…besides if we never fell the climb would not make our hearts dance in our chests.”

He felt quite sheepish and hurriedly continued, “I suppose there aren’t many trees at all where I’m from if I’m to be entirely honest.”
With this she slowly revealed her eyes to him and replied, “Today is a beautiful day, why not try your hand at climbing, or indeed falling for that matter.”

An excerpt from my new book ‘To Climb, To Fall From Trees’ - due for release Summer 2014 - John William Evelyn

"You shouldn’t climb trees unless you’re happy to fall from them." He called out, immediately recoiling at his clumsy choice of greeting.

To his surprise, with eyes still closed she replied in a rather stern tone “Some fear the very idea of falling so they never climb at all…besides if we never fell the climb would not make our hearts dance in our chests.”

He felt quite sheepish and hurriedly continued, “I suppose there aren’t many trees at all where I’m from if I’m to be entirely honest.”

With this she slowly revealed her eyes to him and replied, “Today is a beautiful day, why not try your hand at climbing, or indeed falling for that matter.”

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'She Is Home' -  John William Evelyn, 2014
She sewed the land with homes of her own design, hoping that one day she might realise what she sought; That she might conjure a familiar doorstep to call her own. Despite all this, even though she considered herself to be forever lost, to those that walked in her shadow she was home itself.

'She Is Home' -  John William Evelyn, 2014

She sewed the land with homes of her own design, hoping that one day she might realise what she sought; That she might conjure a familiar doorstep to call her own. Despite all this, even though she considered herself to be forever lost, to those that walked in her shadow she was home itself.

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'Stolen To The Air' -  John William Evelyn, 2014
The Air grew cold, so the Land offered her his cloak. The Air’s heart was restless still and so countless threads were torn away, stolen to the air. And on that day, the birds were born to the sky.

'Stolen To The Air' -  John William Evelyn, 2014

The Air grew cold, so the Land offered her his cloak. The Air’s heart was restless still and so countless threads were torn away, stolen to the air. And on that day, the birds were born to the sky.

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'The Light At The Heart Of A Fall' John William Evelyn 2014 (8 x illustrations)

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Will try not to ramble!

Hi everyone, apologies for the lack of updates and illustrations. The reason being, this past 2 months I’ve been working on a short story of sorts.

Titled 'The Light At The Heart Of A Fall' - It is a series of 8 images, no text, that I hope you will enjoy as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

It might seem daft that there is no text, but I very much hoped to leave room within these images for you to interpret them as you wish. Whilst I love a good story, many of my personal favourite games, texts and music create space for the audience to enter, without being overtly prescriptive, and in doing so afford them the scope to shape their own tale - making these experiences, in some small way, uniquely personal.

This was an experiment of sorts - so bear with me! I hope I have created something that you might enjoy, and with any luck a story that in your own reading might become yours.

I should say…I am working on some traditional stories too! But this has been a thoroughly enjoyable project to work on as a bit of a departure.

Anyway, above all else - regardless of my wittering on - Enjoy, and please do share it if you like it,

Prints are avaiable from my Etsy shop here

- expect less rambling posts from me in the future, I promise!

thank you,

- John 

For the stationary geeks out there: all images were drawn on 300gsm watercolour paper using 0.05mm pigment ink fineliners. See the image up top for a sense of the original scale I was working at.

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Chipping away! Picture 7 of 8 for my little wordless short story on its way to being finished.
- John

Chipping away! Picture 7 of 8 for my little wordless short story on its way to being finished.

- John

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Illustrators To Watch on Instagram

Happy New Year everyone, my apologies that I haven’t posted any new illustrations of late - there is quite a backlog but they are all part of a short picture story. I have to resist posting them so I can post them all together when they’re done - I can’t wait! I have 3 of 8 images left to do.

In the absence of that I have some recommendations!

Instagram is brimming with wonderful illustrators who post regularly, here is a list of some of those that have posted my favourite works of 2013 - I highly recommend you take a look at their feeds if you want a regular dose of illustration goodness.

Illustrators to Follow:

http://instagram.com/livvykemp - Olivia Kemp (frightening levels of detail, making the real seem other-worldly)

http://instagram.com/shane_troy - Shane Troy (totally unique characters brimming with energy)

http://instagram.com/realandyhunt - Andy Hunt (beautiful landscapes & liberal use of excellent palettes)

http://instagram.com/thisnorthernboy - Rob Turpin (clarity, precision & select line work and robots!)

http://instagram.com/good_drink - (wonderful implicit narratives with incredible consistency & detail)

http://instagram.com/daeun416 - 이다은 (exuberant urban fantasy scenes)

http://instagram.com/markpowellart - Mark Powell (biro images of incredible detail - if possible find a way to see in person)

http://instagram.com/joncarling - Jon Carling (equal parts pretty & creepy in that way only the best fairy-tales are)

http://instagram.com/hokkaidoblues - isolee (massive breadth of work)

http://instagram.com/vagueparade - ? (always featuring magnificent texture - fascinating implied narratives)

http://instagram.com/otikaotilca - (a stream of elegant heroines composed with incredible pencil & ink work)

And then lastly, I suppose there is me http://instagram.com/johnwilliamevelyn

thank you,

- John

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A very quick post to say that the rather talented thisnorthernboy , the man behind adroidaday (well worth a look if you like fine robo drawings of all shapes and sizes) has written a piece about how he came to do his own version of my illustration ‘Home’.

The truth of it is, it is far beyond a ‘version’ - he truly made it his own. Well worth a look. His blog has all sorts of other elegant illustration work on their too!

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Harringay Christmas Market - London

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Hi Everyone,

Just a quick note to say: This coming Sunday (8th Dec), my sister will be at the Harringay Christmas Market in North London selling her exceptionally cute handmade Christmas decorations (instagram pics here) + other crafty things. Suzy will also be selling my brand new greetings cards and copies of my illustrated book Asleep As The Breeze

If you can’t make it I have also added a limited number of greetings cards to my Etsy Shop here.

Click through below for pictures of the featured illustrations and more details

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