Castle / Illustration / Scotney Castle

Here are some initial sketches from Mr Four Fingers, one of the artists collaborating with me on this project. See more about their involvement here.

These are rough concepts from our first meeting and were even featured on the BBC!


Rough sketch of new manor house


This was a trophy skull from one of the many hunting expeditions


One of the Mr Four Fingers crew in front of old castle

Castle / Writers Tips

In week 5 of my residency here at the National Trust’s Scotney Castle in Kent, I took a walk out with the Head Gardener and learned a huge amount about the gardens. They stretch out from the new manor house to surround the old ruined castle and moat, creating a picturesque landscape. I found some very unusual features and details that will really improve the story-world I am creating for the graphic fiction scripts.

In terms of the writing itself, I am now on script 4 of 5 and am beginning to experiement with more sophisticated narrative structures. It is important to recognise the strengths of the medium for which you are writing, and so with this in mind I am making sure I give extra attention to devices of graphic fiction such as mirrored pages and left-hand page reveals.

Enjoy the video!



Scotney Castle is an English country house with formal gardens south-east of Lamberhurst in the valley of the River Bewl in Kent, England. It belongs to the National Trust.

The gardens, which are a celebrated example of the Picturesque style, are open to the public. The central feature is the ruins of a medieval, moated manor house, Scotney Old Castle, which is on an island on a small lake. The lake is surrounded by sloping, wooded gardens with fine collections of rhododendrons, azaleas and kalmia for spring colour, summer wisteria and roses, and spectacular autumn colour.

At the top of the garden stands a house which was built to replace the Old Castle between 1835 and 1843. This is known as Scotney New Castle, or simply Scotney Castle, and was designed by Anthony Salvin. It is an early, and unusually restrained, example of Tudor Revival architectural style in 19th century Britain. Following the death of the resident, Elizabeth Hussey, in 2006, this house was opened to the public for the first time on 6 June 2007.[1]

Extract from Wikipedia.