Stamp Design for Discworld© City of Ankh Morpork

Illustration for a Discworld stamp sold via the Cunning Artificer and Discworld Emporium retail outlets.

Brief supplied: Strong, iconic monochrome image, with plenty of classic styling and detailing, to be reduced to 2cm x 1.5cm. Information on what to include was taken from Terry Pratchett and Steven Brigg's book, "The Discworld Companion."

In the heart of Somerset is a town whose civic sign proudly bears the legend: "Twinned with Ankh-Morpork". On the high street you will find the splendid shop "The Cunning Artificer" run by sculptor Bernard Pearson and his lovely wife Isobel.

Bernard commissioned me to produce some designs for Discworld stamps, which were approved by Sir Terry Pratchett, based on a storyline from his book "Going Postal", and this was the most elaborate of the designs. It shows the crest of Ankh Morpork with all the added curlicues and elaboration that civic crests tend to accrue over time.

The very fine line-work in this image was designed to evoke the painstaking engraving process that was used for illustrations in the pre-digital era of printing.

If you ever find yourself in Wincanton and have even a passing interest in Pratchett, the shop is well worth a visit. Bernard’s models of Discworld are amazing, and he makes a good cup of tea, too. You can also visit the shop online at

For those with a deeper interest in the Discworld series, I have also included an example of an oil painting of Captain Vimes which I sold through The Cunning Artificer.