I grew up in the small English village of Cookham on Thames and was inspired early on by the 'British tradition' of Illustration, especially Edwardian illustrators such as Arthur Rackham, Heath Robinson and Edmond Dulac, of their illustrations in pen and ink and watercolour on handmade paper.


While at Art College in London (UK) studying Graphic Design, I was introduced to the writings of Mervin Peake and enthusiastically illustrated from his Gormenghast Trilogy, many pieces of which, appeared in my final Degree Show.


Now, much later, I have returned to Mervin Peake to see how I would interpret his work.
This time a short story written in 1948 : 'Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor'. This is an ongoing personal project, some drawings can be seen in the
'PIRATES' section of this website. 


The 'ILLUSTRATION SAMPLES' section contains a variety of illustrations which have appeared in numerous books and magazines. A variety of angling illustrations are included in the 'FISHY'  section, not surprisingly, as I am a keen angler and split bamboo rodmaker. 


I have two grown daughters and live with my partner Sheila, a graphic artist and instructor, in the West End of Toronto near Lake Ontario.


Malcolm Cullen,  January 2019.





For many years I have also been an design instructor working in various colleges and schools, details can be found in:




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