About this northern boy


Illustrator and designer from North Yorkshire. Now living and working in South West London. Currently working on fantasy and science fiction illustrations and commissions, and working on my first children’s book.

Where to find my drawings

As well as posting work here on my WordPress blog, I upload to Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram, and I’ll frequently post work in progress pics on Twitter.

Facebook Page


I have a Patreon page, where I’ll be posting illustrations and sketches based on my Weird Field spaceships. Supporting me there means I can produce more art, and you get access to unseen work and the opportunity to buy work before anyone else.

Where to buy my work

If you would like to own some original art, drop me a message to talk about a commission.

You can buy prints of my illustrations at Ellipress.


Myself and my friend Jon Elliman produce a podcast – North v South, where we talk about design, illustration, art, pop culture, books and films. We also eat and review a pie each episode! You can listen on iTunes or SoundCloud.

Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

Copyright notice

© Rob Turpin and thisnorthernboy, 2023. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Rob Turpin and thisnorthernboy with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.