Author Archives: richardcrookes

About richardcrookes

Award winning oracle card illustrator and book cover artist. Calligrapher and experimental musician with koto, clarinet. and taishogoto.

Glass Cage – Kotography

Pre-order Richard’s first official album release as a member of Kotography by clicking here. Richard plays koto and clarinet in the band. Release date is 21st August in all your favoutite music download stores.

A fascinating and inspiring mix of contemplative improvisation and alternative soundscaping. Music for changing times.

1 hour versions of all tracks are also available from this website if you need a longer session for meditation / contemplation.

Healing Music?

My experiments with clarinet and looping are continuing apace. Recently I have played a couple of sessions at a very cool artist’s café in Huahin (The Ronin Capsule Café) along with my fellow sonic explorer Gary Hall.

you can see a short clip of that here

Gary and I are also very likely to be playing a session in Bangkok at Studio Lam as part of Tommy Hanson’s Healing Sunday in either October or November (details will be added as soon as this is confirmed). I’m very excited about that. Gary plays beautiful piano improvisations and I try to add my own flourishes to that. If you are in or around Bangkok, be sure to try and catch us.

The sort of music I’m playing could well be placed, I think, in a ‘sound healing’ category- not that I make any great claims on its efficacy, that is, It is just that I find it a deeply peaceful thing to do – to inhabit the moments of the vibration and emotion of the sound that I seem to be making. It is coming from the heart and I think it goes back to the heart in its own loop.

Here’s a live, unrehearsed video I recorded, that I think illustrates this. I’d love to know what people think about this and if they can feel the same.

Improvisational sound healing

Animal Dreaming Publishing

I am very happy to have been asked to contribute design and illustration work to some titles at Animal Dreaming Publishing.

Two book covers and box design for the World Animal Dreaming Oracle with excellent illustration by Karen Branchflower. Beautiful cover illustration for Earth Mother Dreaming by Amanda Clark.

It is a real joy to work with such good illustration as this.

I am also on the case with a number of book cover illustrations for Animal Dreaming to be revealed in due course.

Quite a few years ago I was involved in the design of Scott’s Bohemian Tarot cards – behind the scenes, and so it is nice to be working with him again.

You can find these titles available here.

Work in progress

It’s quite a while since I added any content here, but I have not been idle. On the contrary, I have been working behind the scenes on two new card decks for the authors Sonja Grace and Dawn Brown. The card illustrations are not mine in both cases – but I am bringing my expertise in card design to the projects and also have now taken on the job of the booklet layouts which surprisingly I find quite enjoyable.

You can find both sets available for pre-order here on the Inner Traditions website

I have also recently been involved in the conceptual illustration work for the Making Magick oracle cards for Rockpool International which you can find here.

In addition to these card projects, I have also been working on various cover design projects for various publishers which I will add into the gallery in due course.

New Deck just completed…

Latest news is this new deck of 48 cards has just been completed in collaboration with Barbara MeikleJohn-Free and Flavia Kate Peters once more. This follows on from the Witches’ Wisdom deck seen below and is due to be released through Llewellyn next year. Bright, colourful and mouthwatering to say the least – watch this space for more release details when available.


Packaging artwork

I thought it might be interesting to show the final files for the box artwork for a deck of cards….

Here are the top and bottom pieces of artwork for the Greek Mythology Reading cards available from Inner Traditions/Bear and Co, Findhorn Press, Amazon and all good book shops.

This is complex and precision artwork involving many many layers.

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:-