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.

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 michael@dreamsofego.com 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

On the move

visions over the tyne

After nearly a year of juggling a day job, work as an artist and time with my family, we decided that it was time to make a change.  I am pleased to announce that the dreams of ego family will be moving to Tyneside, where I will be setting up studio to take my art practice full time.

There are many things that we will miss about Cambridge, especially the friends and family that we will be leaving behind, but I am looking forward to being able to commit more time to developing my work and reaching new audiences.

This means that commissions are closed until the end of October while we move and I set up a new space in North Shields, however you can expect the drought of updates to end very soon, with more blog posts, new artwork for sale and a new site design.

In the mean time, keep your eyes peeled for announcements about Cthulhu: Deep Down Under, an anthology of antipodean horror, including my full page illustration for a tale by Barry Radburn.  Australian fans of all things Lovecraft should head over to Melbourne’s Armageddon Expo for a first glimpse at this excellent project.


A new surreal piece, resulting from a quick sketch made in a café. Its a personal piece worked up in Corel Painter 12, with heavy influence from traditional surrealist paintings. You can see the original sketch and a process piece below.

Taut - digital painting by Michael Cunliffe

Pencil sketch by Michael Cunliffedigitally coloured pencil sketch by Michael Cunliffe