Author Archives: richardcrookes

About richardcrookes

Award winning oracle card illustrator and book cover artist http://www.richardcrookes.co.uk/

Do you need book cover artwork?

Richard has been providing book cover artwork for leading publishers for many years and offers a full professional service. The standard price for front cover artwork is £350 GBP. For more details and endorsements and recommendations please visit this page:-

Book Cover Artwork

Richard will be happy to discuss all your requirements whether you are an experienced publisher or self publishing for the first time.

The China Challenge

Full cover illustration and graphic design commissioned by Ottawa University Press

Transformation Talk Radio

In connection with the Greek Mythology Reading Cards project, I will be in live conversation on Transformation Talk Radio with the host Dr Pat and Alison Chester Lambert this coming Monday. I am very much looking forward to that. Here’s a link for that show which will also be available to listen later and as a podcast…
The live show is scheduled for 10 am Seattle time , 6pm UK time and midnight Bangkok time on Monday 14th May 2018.
Check out this great video on youtube of the cards:-

Radial Golf …quite a diversion

RG playstore feature graphic copyThis is quite a diversion from my normal activity…a golf scoring mobile application. All the design, photography and concept is mine of course, but I have had the great pleasure to have worked with Loichai studio who have made this dream a reality for me.

I started playing golf just over two years ago and looked for a scoring application  to record my results. The ones I found were not what I wanted so I started to record them in my own unique way on a sheet of radial or polar graph paper my father had given me when I was young.

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The idea is that the centre of the wheel is a par score of 72 and the outer edge is set at 120. Every time you play you add another point to the curve in a clockwise direction. Ideally, as your scores come down you will create a ‘spiral of improvement’ and eventually hit the centre. I found this visual idea to be such a great incentive to get out and play, that I decided to create it as a mobile application so beginners like me, as well as more established golfers, could do the same.
It has come a long way from my original graph and now looks like this:-

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As you add your own courses to the list you colour code them so you can also see progress on those individual courses as well :-

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All the information is fully editable so you can add all your past scoring history, add photos, notes and maybe even excuses!

Radial Golf is available here in the Google Play store (for Android) and here in the Apple store.

I have a dedicated website for Radial Golf here

Link to Radial Golf on Google Play

Radial Golf on iTunes app store

Radio interview

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I was very kindly asked to join in on the Cosmic Consciousness show on Kcorradio.com by Trisha Gelder – Spiritual Numerologist, who has enjoyed using my oracle cards in her work. There’s almost an hour of chat talking around my career as an artist if you are interested. You can find the link here.

I pop up at around the 54 minute mark.

Many thanks to Trisha Gelder

Simplicity

Here’s a new project in progress…a hand carved inscription on an old wooden stool. Lettering designed with double pencils on paper and written quickly and arranged in a  simple block layout. It is such a joy to work in wood. The crisp crunch of a sharp chisel cutting through the grain a most satisfyimg sound.

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Simplicity

“Truth is ever to be found in Simplicity” ( not in the multiplicity and confusion of things ) … Isaac Newton

I love the simple utilitarian nature of the stool. It just came to hand as a pleasing idea to add some calligraphy to it.

Super review of the Tai Chi Reflections cards

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I’m very happy to see this new review of the Tai Chi Reflections cards from Anna Jedrziewski of InannaWorks

Do You Tai Chi?

Whether you do or don’t this 48-card deck will blow your socks off. Beautiful photographic-based illustrations capture the energy of Tai Chi postures and provide connection points for those looking to tap into and understand that special, ancient energy.

The deck is not intended to be instructional. It is meant to inspire by reflecting the energy of these sophisticated ancient postures and aligning the user with it. Crookes is famous for decks like Angels of Atlantis Oracle, Animal Whispers Empowerment Cards, and Angel Heart Sigils. He delivers big time once again with this exceptional panorama of images. Beautiful to look and powerful to work with, its something different that won’t disappoint.

— Anna Jedrziewski, InannaWorks

and don’t forget you can try out the mobile app on any platform.. Just search for Tai Chi Reflections on itunes, google play or amazon apps and look for this icon :_

apps also available on itunes,  and Amazon

apps also available on itunes, and Amazon

Calligraphic wood carving

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I have recently taken up my chisels again and am in the process of creating a circular hand carved alphabet. From the response I have had from social media friends, as well as the pleasure of working with wood again, I am greatly encouraged to take this work further and become much more serious about this aspect of my work.
I plan to create at least 10 pieces over the next year and exhibit here in Bangkok.

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