Booklaunch for children’s book about Welsh valley miners

Another children’s book launch – today was for ‘The Mouse and the Coal Mine’ by PETRA Publishing which I did the illustrations for earlier this year. Beautiful atmospheric and bittersweet Story by writer/poet/actor/performer Mike Church , written from conversations with miners and families of miners in Aberbargoed – my favourite children’s book to work on so far. The optimism in the story is there but I think it’s optional and for that reason I liked it a lot when I read it and worked on the illustrations with this thought in mind.

Below are photos of a few of the pages. Contact Petra Publishing to purchase.

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‘The Mouse and the Coal Mine’. Written by Mike Church. Illustrated by Osian Grifford.

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‘The Mouse and the Coal Mine’. Written by Mike Church. Illustrated by Osian Grifford. 

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‘The Mouse and the Coal Mine’. Written by Mike Church. Illustrated by Osian Grifford.

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‘The Mouse and the Coal Mine’. Written by Mike Church. Illustrated by Osian Grifford.

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‘The Mouse and the Coal Mine’. Written by Mike Church. Illustrated by Osian Grifford.


Another Children’s book published – ‘The Light at the End of the Tunnel’

The Light at the End of the Tunnel is another children’s book I got to illustrate working alongside writer/poet/actor/performer Mike Church. Written through workshops in Church Hall in Bargoed by a community group, the book subtly deals with the experience of being bipolar and of being a friend/relative or spouse of someone suffering with the disorder. The story focuses on Millie the “life and soul of the party” mole and her friend Mollie during a local bake-off competition.

The book launch took place earlier this week at st Gwladys Primary School in Bargoed where Mike read out the story to the enthusiastic children during an afternoon assembly whilst the pictures were projected on the walls.

This was a great book to work on and a challenge for me to visually create truly lovable characters as what the group had written was characters that the readers would be affectionate towards.  My colour pallet for this book are different to any i’d used before as everyone on board the project was keen to have this be very accessible to a very young audience.

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel  Illustrated by Osian Grifford

The Light at the End of the Tunnel is published by PETRA Publishing
British Library ISBN978-0-9957827-0-9


Graphic Novel publisher wanted (suggestions welcome)

A graphic novel that I’ve been working on for about two years on-and-off is nearing completion. It’s a dark comedy narrative born from my curiosities about restorative and punitive justice measures, and also from my interests in viewers and readers’ empathy for morally bad characters. Any suggestions for relevant publishers would be very welcome. Thanks.

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Punitive Justice impulse (graphic novel page by Osian Grifford)

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A death in the fish bowl (graphic novel page by Osian Grifford)

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Politeness mistaken for affection (graphic novel page by Osian Grifford)

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A no hope (graphic novel page by Osian Grifford)

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Darwinism (graphic novel page by Osian Grifford)


Hot Sweaty Concrete City (Cardiff)

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Hot Sweaty Concrete City drawing by Osian Grifford


Oldies won’t forget to vote on June 8th

Oldies won’t forget to vote on June 8th (and they’re the ones who trust The Daily Mail, Telegraph, Guardian etc…). Make sure you remember to vote lefties and centre-lefties!

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CSAD post on Rhyl project

Cardiff school of Art & Design have today done a quick write up of my recent contribution to the NTW project in Rhyl:

http://csad.online/ba-illustration-graduate-osian-grifford-working-national-theatre-wales/

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Corbyn and Media-owned-by-big-money-bias

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