Penskills Illustration Department

The Penskills team are able to produce graphics and design to the highest standard.  Jake Ashpole has been working alongside David Colane for two years and is responsible for the hilarious covers and illustrations featured in the 'Puckingell' series of six books.  The Puckingell stories are being combined to form two bumper 400 page books to be released in the new year. The latest welcome addition to the Penskills team is Rob Francis. His advice and skills have helped to produce the three current book covers displayed on this site.  

Rob Francis

Rob Francis is a freelance graphic designer and owner of based at Claypole in Newark-on-Trent. Rob brings a wealth of knowledge in graphic design, illustration and print for both on and offline communications. He plays a significant role in producing the covers of books published by Penskills.

He often works closely alongside illustrator Jake Ashpole, to interpret the author's original ideas and concept for the cover. Born in Reigate, Surrey, Rob has lived and worked in Nottinghamshire for most of his life.

He won Eisteddfod awards at school for technical drawing, and completed a Diploma in Art Design and Graphic Design. His passion for design has never waned and he still embraces every new creative challenge like it was the first. Much to the dismay of his wife and two children, Rob is constantly picking up and studying new packaging design at the supermarket. Rob enjoys playing the electric and acoustic guitar, is a keen cyclist and loves to get out and enjoy the country lanes.


Jake Ashpole

Jake lives with his mother, brother and sister in the village of Farndon on the outskirts of Newark. Having attended Sherwood Art College to develop his artistic skills, he has recently embarked on a degree course in Illustration at Lincoln University. Jakes hobbies include music, TV and meeting up with his fellow students at their watering hole to celebrate the arrival of Friday night. Jake claims that much of his inspiration comes from long walks through the streets of his hometown Newark-On-Trent.  Jakes long-term ambition is to work in animation and hopes to further his knowledge of this particular field whilst at University.