Artist Sunday 9: Chris Riddell

Today I’d like to drool over Chris Riddell’s work.
For starters, there’s a fish riding a bicycle on his home page ( If that doesn’t blow you out of your chair, you must have a very clingy chair. He’s got a sketchbook blog as well:
His Twitter:

And a cool article I found while googling him: The Best work of Chris Riddell, new children’s laureate – in pictures.

Many many years ago, while picking out a book for one of my younger sisters, I came across one of the books from The Edge Chronicles. Flipping through, I was captivated by the illustrations, and I think I started reading it right there in the shop. To this day I’m not sure if that sister finished the series (as I kept buying her the books, with my own ulterior motives, of course).
Fast forward to a few years ago, I get a package in the mail from an awesome friend (my book Santa of sorts :D), and inside was Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin, illustrated by Chris Riddell. Now, I should probably mention how horrible I am with names, because once the shock of GETTING A SUPER PACKAGE wore off, I got that itching, tingling feeling that I have seen this drawing style somewhere before, which led me on a magnificent google spree. Here are some snapshots of the book in question:

Chris Riddell art
Art of Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell has also written a number a books (which he illustrated himself of course). I’m adding those to my “To Read List”: Goth Girl and the Fete Worse than Death, Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse, Ottoline and the Purple Fox.

As usual, I’m preparing this post late in the evening, as my “baby-free” time is about to expire. One of these Sundays I’ll start working on the post days in advance, so that I have at least a few good hours to study the chosen art-style. The more I sketched, the more I itched to draw more, but noooooooo, I spent most of the evening oogling his tumblr page and stroking the book pages (also wiping slobber off them, slobber is bad for paper).

Chris Russell study

As usual, I’ll be posting Sunday’s comic page together with Monday’s, because I was in a rush to finish my Rubber Onion Battle entry (which you can already see on my Instagram) today instead. Oh well, more work for me tomorrow! Still need to write the mandatory long ramble about my animation battle entry… Aaaaand putting it all into my lovely Bullet Journal, pretty neat tasks 🙂

5 thoughts on “Artist Sunday 9: Chris Riddell

  • i love Chris Riddell! He was the first illustrated book I got when I turned adult 😀 I remember hoarding the Edge Chronicles of him and Paul Stewart, later on his other books. He was the greatest influence in finding my own art style. The expression on your sketches got Riddell’s art-style, hope you get extra hand this week for a bit more baby-free time 😀

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    • You’re one to talk… sending me awesome books with such pictures! By the way, Rafi started posting his sketches in FB, really took me back to the “good ol’ days” 🙂 Still waiting on that desk sketch as well.. hmmmm…..


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