Illustration – Professor Alan Male


‘Hern the Hunter’: A Legend of English Folklore

Hoof and Horn, Hoof and Horn,
All who die shall be reborn
Corn and grain, corn and grain,
All that falls will rise again

Terra fauna evolution

This illustration conveys the notion that all life began in ancient primordial seas about 3.8 to 4.1 billion years ago as a chance natural process that synthesized various chemicals into self-replicating molecules. The upshot being that all living organisms share the same genetic source: humans, scorpions, frogs, dragonflies, centipedes and snakes may share the same biological ancestry

Carboniferous faunascape

An illustration borne out of primary research with prehistoric organisms recently discovered being shown for the first time. An evolutionary procession passing through the Carboniferous Period (358 – 298 mya): A composite arrangement showing the complexity, confusion and texture of a teeming coal forest ecosystem.

Fauna Amazonia

A concept depicting ecology and interaction within the South American rain-forest: Visually, all animals are to scale: Recipient of the Gold Award (Book Category) from Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, ‘Illustration West 41’, 2002


A chimeric arthropod conceived to represent a range of harmful, crop destroying insects: International advertising campaign for ICI Crop Protection; the agency was Ogilvy and Mather

Hand drill

An advertising illustration for Swedish client Atlas Copco-Ergoline: an ergonomically designed hand drill

Octopuses: A Ladybird Expert Book

No. 32 Penguin (UK) 2019: the original artwork is contained in the historic Ladybird Book National Archive. The supplementary image shows visual development and conceptualization.

“The artwork is gloriously retro, echoing the original Ladybird house style but containing completely up-to-date information”
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A brand new visual interpretation of H.P. Lovecraft’s sea-dwelling monster Cthulhu: from Octopuses: A Ladybird Expert Book

Octopus variety

An image inspired by the attention to detail and symmetry of design given to 19th century natural science illustration: this image is homage to the great natural philosopher, polymath and illustrator Ernst Haeckel: from Octopuses: A Ladybird Expert Book


Many myths and legends have been inspired by octopuses and their relatives the squids: none more so than The Kraken, which lurked in icy seas surrounding the coast of Scandinavia: from Octopuses: A Ladybird Expert Book

Octopus intelligence

Octopuses have evolved to solve problems, to navigate and to communicate: This illustration is a humorous referral to octopuses’ perceived high level of intelligence: from Octopuses: A Ladybird Expert Book


A critically endangered species of fish, long thought to be extinct: considered a ‘living fossil’, morphologically unchanged since its earliest known existence 400 mya

Concepts in Palaeontology

Top image: The Last Tyrannosaur: 65 mya, a massive asteroid about to strike the Earth with a force of 10 trillion tons of TNT, travelling at 40,000 mph (64 kmh) killing 80% of life including the dinosaurs.
Middle image: A herd of giant, grazing Apatosaurus, late Jurassic 160 mya.
Lower image: ‘The Evolution of Humankind’

Natural Science books for children 1

Young audience reference books produced in collaboration with American award-winning science writer Marjorie Facklam: published by Little Brown USA, ‘Spiders’ was recipient of the prestigious Texas Bluebonnet Award for Children’s Non-Fiction

Natural Science books for children 2

Double-page spreads from Along the Luangwa: Sound Prints; Did Dinosaurs Live in Your Backyard: Scholastic USA and Large as Life: Miles Kelly

Natural Science books for children 3

On The Spot Oceans: Reader’s Digest; Along the Luangwa: Sound Prints and Large as Life: Miles Kelly

Natural Science books for children 4

A double-page interactive spread entitled Camouflage and Mimicry: with acetate overlays from See Through Insects: Hamlyn

Natural Science books for children & adults

Two double page spreads of turtles and salamanders from The Longman (UK) Macmillan (USA) Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia, plus spreads from Lizards Weird and Wonderful and Spiders and their Websites: Little Brown & Co

Creepy Crawlies

Insect and Arachnid morphology, evolution and behaviour

The Built Environment

Architecture and the built environment are subjects that have engaged visual artists, designers and illustrators for centuries. One of the two examples shown comprises a composite study of contrasting architectural forms; a contemporary design indulgence, twentieth century dilapidation and a medieval townscape, all from the northern Portuguese city of Braga: the other example depicts various aspects of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, England

Blue House

A house in the Portuguese coastal town of Aveiro: Published in Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective: Revised & Second Edition (Bloomsbury), as part of the chapter dealing with visual language, the image sets out to confirm that the method of production for hyper-realism is immaterial to the successful remit of any given brief. The illustration could be rendered exactly as shown by using a variety of techniques and media such as opaque painting like oil and acrylic or by digital media. Instead the image happened to be captured on camera: Also published by Bloomsbury on the cover of their visual arts catalogue.

A visual arts interpretive expose of the built environment and utilitarian constructions in the coastal city of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia: Part of a published series