Merry Werewolfmas One and All

Merry Christmas everyone



The Geek’s Alphabet

I recently decided to challenge myself to create an alphabet of illustrations to cover the geeky things in life and asked for suggestions on my Facebook page.  My excellent fans responded with a great selection of ideas and several weeks and 26 illustrations later, the series is complete.

Prints and products featuring the alphabet and individual letters are available from Society 6Redbubble and direct from my studio.

Custom word art using this alphabet can be ordered here.

Invisible Beasts

It’s a bit of a tradition for me to make a Halloween post and this year I have three pieces of new horror art to share.

A few months ago, I was invited to take part in a show titled ‘Invisible Beasts’, organised by Paul Thompson of Tales of the Hollow Earth.  Comprising an exhibition hosted by Creative Up North and an accompanying book, invited artists explored the idea of monsters in a range of mediums.

I took on a trio of Native American beasts; the Algonquian Wendigo, Navajo Skin Walker and the Inuit Tupilaq.  You can see these monsters, along with my accompanying text below the cut.

Invisible Beasts is running until 8th of November at the Creative Up North Hub, Northumberland Street, North Shields, NE30 1DS and features the work of Paul Thompson, Britt CoxonEllie Tarratt, Andrew Davy, Wip VernooijSerina ShekTerry Wiley and Oscillating Brow.

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What’s the Point?



I misspent a lot of my university time with comedy writer/producer/dinosaur expert Lee Gant, who is now part of the comedy duo known as What’s the Point? with professional toast writer and banter merchant Andy Naylor.

Alongside a deep interest in drinking, tea and undeserved sarcasm, we spent a great deal of time talking about classic horror and monsters.  So, when I was asked to produce a cover image their latest venture, a podcast that takes a pointed look at the world of ghosts, psychics and cryptids of all descriptions I was very happy to get involved with a hefty nod to classic Hammer film posters.

Subscribe to What’s the Point? Paranormal podcast here.


Oh, what a day! What a lovely Day!

What a Lovely Day

Mad Max: Fury Road is a masterpiece of action cinema, harking back to the best elements of 70s cinema, cranked up to 11.  I thought it deserved some design treatment from the same era.  If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favour and book yourself tickets now.

It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done

I was saddened to hear that the great Sir Terry Pratchett passed away yesterday, but glad to hear that it happened with cat and family around him.

Pratchett’s voice was something of a constant for me growing up.  Good Omens was one of the first ‘grown up’ books I read, Tony Robinson’s excellent abridged readings of the Discworld series accompanied me on every family road-trip and holiday and when his latest book would come out, a precious hardback, or well-worn paperback would be passed down from mother to brother to me (seniority being important for determining who read first in the Cunliffe house).

As I got older, Pratchett’s writing and its various adaptations became a safe place to escape to when life was hard, a place of comforting comedy and wonderful characters that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

He will be missed.

Pratchett Memorium (widescreen)






Please feel free to share to this image in tribute if you would like.  The links above are resized for  widescreen, 4:3 and mobile backgrounds.

Elemental Series

It has taken a little longer than anticipated due to other projects interrupting, but I am really pleased to be able to upload my latest set of work.  Fantasy imagery was probably the first thing that drew me into art, both the traditional sword and sorcery and that of ancient myths and legends.  As an opportunity to explore both landscapes and the fantastic, I decided to illustrate a series of Elementals, trying to embody them with the physicality and scale that was appropriate to the landscape, rather than scaled to a human (or similarly protagonist-based) view.

If you enjoy this work and would like to see more in a similar genre, please share it using the various links below the post or contact me to buy prints.

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New year, new look

Its a brand new year and the site has had a face lift to be cleaner and more responsive. If you have any problems viewing the site, please email and I’ll get to it as soon as I can.

I’d also like to announce my membership with Creative Up North a great group of artists working in the North Tyneside area. Expect to see more about them as the year goes on.

Here’s to a great new year.

Self portrait by Michael Cunliffe 2015

Self portrait by Michael Cunliffe 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone – see you in 2015


Ostentatious feeding



As Nigel Farage continues to defend the strange ‘man on the street’ comments of his party members, it is clear that there is a translation issue between the UKIP leader and the rest of us.  In particular, its hard to understand his concerns about mothers and their public ‘ostentatious’ breastfeeding, but you have to remember that floodlights can be unsettling to some politicians.