Chatting with Aaron Pocock, illustrator of A Christmas Tail.

Today, we welcome Aaron Pocock  for a quick chat. If you dropped by our cyber book launch on Monday 2 December, you would have ‘met’ him then.

Aaron is the talented illustrator of A Christmas Tail, our published children’s picture book about a mouse family preparing for the Christmas festivities, co-authored by Donna Smith and Helen Ross.


So please welcome Aaron.

Aaron, thank you so much for dropping by.  We know you are extremely busy and have a big project on the go, so will keep this short.

No problem. It is nice to take a bit of a break.

Aaron, could you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born into a large family in the South of England and have been living in Brisbane, Australia, since 2000.  I have been an illustrator for 20 years or so. I draw for a living and have created work for children books, packaging design and even editorial illustrations.

As well as drawing, painting and many other pursuits that keep my mind active and nimble, I am also a musician and play a mean Blues guitar.

I am married and have two children.  I work in a big studio where I scribble away at drawings and paintings for books and things.

When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
As soon as I began drawing, I took to it straight away.

Creativity wise, what interested you in accepting to illustrate our children’s picture book A Christmas Tail?

The subject matter, actually. The story looked great and the characters were right up my alley.

What was your favourite character or page that you enjoyed the most, and why?

My favourite character was Santa Paws.  He was a lot of fun to work on. The page I like the most? The one where he rips his trousers always makes me happy when I look at it.

Can you briefly describe the general illustration process you use for illustrating children’s books?

Sure. I read the manuscript; then make thumbnail roughs, working out the characters as I go, or I’ll work on them separately to flesh them out. Then I draw up the accepted sketch, tightly. Then comes the inking stage, where I lay inks over the pencil drawing and scan into the PC to be coloured in photoshop.

Generally speaking, do you prefer to work with your clients on the development of a book’s characters or do you prefer to use your own inspiration?

I think give and take is the key. I’m always happy to entertain better ideas.

And where can we find out more about you?

For more information about me, just visit the following sites:;

Now for something special – Let’s watch Aaron in action, doing a quick sketch of Santa Paws, his favourite character from A Christmas Tail.

AARON IN ACTION –  Sketching Santa Paws

aaron-pocock AT WORK SMALL

Here’s the link:

Aaron Pocock

Sketching Santa Paws

Video (c) Aaron Pocock.

Thanks Aaron for doing this for us.  We really enjoyed watching you in action. 

Well, we  know your pen, ink and brushes are beckoning you.  So thank you again for dropping by. It is very much appreciated.

My pleasure. Thank you for the invitation.

As Aaron heads back, let’s have a look at a couple of Aaron’s illustrations  from A Christmas Tail.

Melanie at sewng machine

Monty at piano coloured picMore about Aaron:

Aaron was also recently featured on the following site.

It is a very interesting read. You will find out how Aaron got started in art, his training and inspiration, and what he loves about fantasy art, and lots more.  It is a very good interview.

And if you haven’t yet dropped by Monday’s official cyber launch party, please do so.  You’ll find just a little more about Aaron, as well as Donna Smith and Helen Ross.  

Just click here:


A Christmas Tail no white space


From  now until  midnight EST Friday, 6 December 2013 A Christmas Tail  is available half price for eBook purchases.

NOW $4.99 for this week only.  Normally $9.99

Click here to purchase your eBook version.

Offer available at:

Amazon and iTunes

But finishes 6 December 2013.

Would make a wonderful Christmas gift. A Christmas Tail is also available in Hardback.

Chatting with Aaron Pocock  4 December by Spider Ink Press


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Robert Vescio
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 01:49:11

    There’s just one word to describe Aaron’s work – AMAZING! A job well done.


  2. Trackback: Chatting with Aaron Pocock, illustrator of A Christmas Tail | Helen Ross writes

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