Monday, 17 December 2012

Sketchbook studies

I've been working on some studies to improve my drawing lately, mostly I'm using real objects around the house (like vegetables) but these are some studies from free stock images on my favourite site morgueFile.  More of these to follow throughout the Christmas period, I'm aiming to draw for at least an hour a day and work on my dissertation for the rest!

Saturday, 15 December 2012


No life model means I had to draw the next best thing: peppers.  They'll go better in a stir fry than a model too.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The Woman Who Wanted to Eat a Child

A double page spread from a picture book for children.  Collage, mixed media and digital.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Pocky - EDIT

Pocky work after feedback (so far) I think the text is a huge improvement on the previous version but I need to photograph the models again because Frank's legs are awkward and his hands are on the wrong way round - d'oh!  But this is it so far anyway.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

A Happy Turkey

A little something for an upcoming green newsletter.  Turkeys are pretty cute.

Monday, 5 November 2012

UOL VegSoc

Two little pieces done for the University of Lincoln's Vegetarian & Vegan Society.  If you're interested, come along to the free screening!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Editor's Picks!

My design for the Rickie Lee Jones contest on Creative Allies has been chosen as one of the editor's picks!  I feel very proud as there's some really great entries.  You can see my design in the gallery here and vote for my entry (using facebook so you don't even need an account) here.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Editorial - How to Write a Book in 30 Days

The fifth and final editorial piece this year.  I struggled with the concept of this because there was no given text to generate ideas from and the topic itself isn't hugely exciting, however I had a neat little brainwave last night and it came together quite quickly.  The font is my ultimate favourite, Quicksand, which you can download and use in commercial work for free from

Friday, 2 November 2012


A selection of research images for a children's book.  I'm setting it in South America.  It will have a llama in it.  All images courtesy of and

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Pocky Final Image

Here is my finished advert for Giant Pocky.  Pretty different from my test image but I'm generally pleased with the outcome.  The text could do with some work so any suggestions would be appreciated.  Also massive thanks to Stuart Herrington for helping me photograph the models!

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Pocky test image

Testing my models (which are finally finished) in the actual image.  Text needs changing as does the composition. I hate photography because you don't notice it's wrong until it's on the computer.  I might have to scan in my models and work with them that way but I like the shadows you get from real photos.  More uploads tomorrow anyway.  

Oh and happy Halloween!

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Editorial - Madness of Crowds

Editorial illustration, this time for the New Statesman.  Big thanks to my temporary art director Grace for this one. 

T-shirt Competition

My entry for a Creative Allies competition to design a t-shirt for Rickie Lee Jones.  I'd never heard of her but after listening to her music and reading the brief it seemed like my folksy-inspired style fitted quite well so I thought I'd have a go!  You can vote for my shirt here.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Sewing Patterns

Some sewing patterns I devised for the advertising project.  Hopefully my sewing machine will arrive soon!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Finalized Editorials

Two versions of my editorial piece, not entirely sure which one to go with.  I like the second one as an image (I'm a sucker for limited palettes) but the top one is a bit clearer.  Any feedback would be appreciated!

Editorial Client Visuals

Two of my ideas for an article about leisure sickness.  Not the kind of thing you want to be illustrating when you're sick yourself but I do like both of these ideas.  I'm going to try closing in on the suitcase once I've drawn it in Illustrator to see if it makes for a better composition.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Editorial: Why Small Victories Matter

Editorial work for another Guardian article.  I played around with a few different colour schemes but felt the green reflected the idiom I chose to illustrate best (making a mountain out of a molehill) because it kinda looks like grass?  The original blue background looked like the molehills were floating in the sky which is a different message altogether!  Another version had little moles on each flag but it wasn't clear when I shrank the image down to fit the article.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Life Drawing

Today's life drawing session.  2 hours of intense drawing and re-drawing, drawing and re-drawing again, to produce what I think is a relatively accurate drawing of the model.  She does have a head and legs though.  My tutor gave me one of the best compliments I've had this year regarding this drawing.  I'm happy.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Editorial - How to Decorate

For a Guardian article about how external decoration can detract from the 'real' person inside, how it's meaningless and also quite easy to achieve.  It's intentionally garish.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Social Situation - Finished (for now)

So here's the final version of a social situation, finished sooner than expected which is nice.  I'm sure there'll be things I can tweak but generally I really like it.

Social Situation - WIP

Working with Illustrator and a limited palette to get that kind of retro feel to the image.  I'm really starting to enjoy using Illustrator, it's surprisingly flexible and easy to change things you're unsure about - like right now I think that cat needs to move again... Hopefully will be done by tonight and I will upload ASAP.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Life Drawing

A selection from yesterday's life class, various timed drawings ranging from one minute to fifteen.  I prefer the longer sessions for technical practice but these do force you to be decisive and confident with mark making and often I produce my best, most interesting drawings this way.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Gustav the Swedish Mouse

Studies for a children's book competition about a fat wood mouse and a Swedish elk hound. 

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Life Drawing

Today's life drawing session.  According to Paul's 70/30 theory and my on-the-spot maths, we looked for 84 minutes and drew for just 36 minutes.  All the same, I'm very excited about getting back into life classes, especially with all that's planned for this year.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Jonny Wan

Seventh character design for uni.  I had a lot of fun with this nasty-looking fellow and may or may not have been inspired by The Princess Bride.  Check out Jonny Wan - he's cool.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Meg Hunt

And yet another character design, Meg Hunt inspired this one.  Acrylic and crayon on mount board.

Brecht Evans

Another character design for the summer project, this one is inspired by Brecht Evans, in particular his comic The Wrong Place (which I suggest you go read).

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Mike Mignola

Another character design from the summer project, this one very blatantly influenced by Mike Mignola.  Who I just happen to adore.  Looking forward to reading some more Hellboy when the BFBFF gets back next week.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Hula Girl

Hula girl. Acrylic and pencil on mount board. Character design for university summer project.

Frog Man

Frogman.  I cannot get rid of that dimple in the paper, no matter how hard I scan.  Character design for university summer project.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Free shipping and feature

My recent work has been featured on Ray Gun Press, you can view it here!  Very exciting.

Also you can get FREE shipping at my Society 6 shop here until Sunday, so get your orders in quick!

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Blue Bird of Paradise

Blue Bird of Paradise.  Crayon and Photoshop.  Been trying a new(ish) style today which feels like it's going somewhere.  There's still a lot of progress that needs to be made but for once I actually enjoy both the process and the final result.  The image itself is inspired by Charley Harper and all those wonderful ornithological illustrations you find in old text books.

*EDIT* You can now get this print  (or t-shirt if you prefer) online at Society 6!

Monday, 16 July 2012

Museum Drawing

'Nymph preparing for the bath'.  Drawn from a statue at Lincoln's Usher Gallery.  Unfinished because a bunch of school kids turned up *shudder*.