Matthew Slater

Illustration and  creative writing


Welcome to my scribbles and writing.


This site is still work in progress and will evolve further in 2018.


This new blog replaces my original blogspot blog that I started over 10 years ago. I felt it was time to refresh things a little and start again.


Here I will mainly be posting sketches made on an iPad (using the app Procreate) or in my sketchbook. Other things may appear, it depends what I find inspiring.


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Wistman's Wood, Dartmoor

By Matthew, Jan 7 2018 07:27PM

Made a quick visit to this ancient wood just before new year, The picture was drawn as just a sketch from memory several days later but it hasn't really captured the twisted and ancient character of the trees. Still, it kept me quiet one lunch time. As did the poem.

Post Christmas thunder and heavy rain clouds

Tightly wrapped coats amidst chilled wind

Well trodden path along granite hillside

Sheep: colour washed with blue.

Walkers passed with damp muddy dogs

Across boggy boulder strewn moorland

The distant wood dwarfed by higher conifers

Anticipation of discovery drives me onward.

Centuries old trees, battered and bruised

One of Britains highest oak woods lies

On a bleak clitter strewn hillside

Where no man nor beast would roam.

Stunted and twisted the trees arise

From between close-knit weathered boulders

Mosses, ferns and lichens

Embedded on rain soaked branches.

History has left this wood untouched

But for curious wanderers, ghosts and druids

The makers of legends and those

Who seek its artistic inspiration.

A fragile habitat - I shall not enter

To clamber over the rocks and gawp

I have nothing to offer in return and

One less intrusion just might be appreciated

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