Illustrations for ‘Love Bites’, short stories by Cliff McNish


Children’s author Cliff McNish, is an established and successful writer of books for young adults and children. He specialises in horror, with sometimes bizarre, intense themes, here is his website: . I met him and having read some of his new scripts on relationships, emotions within them and the complications and different dynamics. For example an elderly couple who live in a world of routine, when confronted by an impulsive change of heart- to opt not to have a biscuit with an evening tea, the result is amazement and incomprehension. Another sketch features a sick man on the couch who uses the situation to effectively test his partners sympathies and patience, having her wait on him, changing TV channels, fetch biscuits and blankets, without him lifting a finger. I’m looking forward to developing the illustrations further and possibly use animation to tell the whole story.young_sofa_couple4

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About Matthew Dale

Illustrator / Artist / Printmaker based in London, graduated from RCA in Communication Art and Design.
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2 Responses to Illustrations for ‘Love Bites’, short stories by Cliff McNish

  1. Matt, I really, really love these! I especially like the way you’ve conveyed the nuances of the characters’ body language – from an arm being slung over a chair, to the legs crossed in “let’s chat” mode.

    • Matthew Dale says:

      Thank you! It was quite tricky to get the balance of everything, and simplify it for animation (something new).. I enjoyed making the body language adult and complex, with just a few lines.

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