This is the Borrower, who I met myself in St Patrick's cemetery in London. A genius loci, spirit of place, he felt to me like our traditional graveyard guardians. On entering the cemetery, it was very clear there was something special about it but the longer I stayed, the more oppressive the atmosphere became until I'd feel the need to leave. The first time I visited, it wasn't until I left that I suddenly felt something lift, very much like the sensation when a storm finally breaks. On subsequent visits, I'd take an offering and would find something else left in my garden, which backed onto the cemetery, the next day. 


He comes complete with a copy of the story by Sean Walter who weaves his own new tale around the Borrower, from Tales in Sombre Tones, a collaborative project (signed copies available in my shop).


Additional images show the work in progress and the final image, a sample illustration framed (the little figure in the bottom corner of the frame not included, that's the original Catmonkey who will be continuing his reign of terror from here).


Worked in charcoal and Wolff's carbon pencils on Fabriano Artistico extra white paper. It's framed ready to ship in a smart black frame made using recycled materials and with acrylic safety glazing. Drawn area size 12" wide by 18" high, frame size 16" x 22".

The Borrower original illustration