Thursday, April 17, 2014

Little Gardener

Gouache painting for a little bookie in the works 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

My Trip to √Čire

I'm such a flippin cheapskate.
I don't have a camera

and while I usually go out and buy an £8 disposable and pay the £5 processing with no remorse for the sparse 11 photos that do come out, I was a bit tight fisted and wary this time. So, needing to show off that I have traveled (hehe) I decided to take the cheap DIY route and sketch my meagre ventures in an A5 sketchbook.

So I present you my wonderful trip to Ireland- 
the town, Kilkenny in particular. 

This was a trip to shake me out of my usual monotony, but mainly to visit my very dear buddy Jude (though I sometimes/oftentimes call her 'Mere' in the drawings). She's been living there the past half year, so she knows her stuff- Irish traditional music, where to get good chocolate biscuit cake, and that bartenders need to pour Guinness from tap in two parts (to my impatience).

Love that girl,
 I'll definitely be visiting again for all the fresh air and happy-spirited folk.

 Anyways, I'll stop blabbing and hope you get the gist! 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


It's freezing in Brighton (doesn't help when the heater's been off for a week)
but it makes me cheery knowing it's warm somewhere else :).

Home sweet Home.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Lookee ere what I went an dun.
Made with gouache and artist's own blood.

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Stone Age

I'm back in prehistoric times when it comes down to self-publicity and networking. 
For all you young'ns that use facebook, add me at my new art page here:

Monday, October 21, 2013

Ursa Major

Ooh what could this be for? 
New project in the works, lots of claw, lots of hair.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Oh snap,

This is the main reason I was gonna post, and totally forgot in the process of getting all my scans in. 
This was the final entry I sent in of  Wonka's choco room!

Click it (or better yet, right click view-in-new-tab it +zoom) for bigger, chocolatier fun!



My Aunty Sampie and Pops, circa 1974. Photo courtesy of my Grandpa David

Here's some tinkering I did for a Charlie and the Chocolate factory creation! 
I didn't get the illo job, but I had a great time dreaming up the characters that everyone has been so familiar with. I loved the original 70's movie depictions (though I promise, I love the book much much more), and tried to veer away from it- though retaining that warmth. Somehow an ugly scratchy 70's sweater fits, and the poor boy needs that acrylic warmth as watery cabbage soup doesn't do much filling up.

Also took in my Dad's rockin' pageboy haircut and angelic grin into reference!
 Love drawing that haircut, might have to save it for another project :).

Unsavoury characters

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Some ideas

Being home is great.
My head's unhinged;
 ready to catch bits of inspiration floating by.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Wild in the classroom

So I got to do a lil' Wild reading and character draw in my Mom's classroom, which was a blast. 
Actually didn't want to leave after the session, these kids were hilarious. 

I taught these kiddos how to draw Wild girl as well as a baby bear, and was so thrilled with how awesome all the drawings were in the end. I wish I had done a session like this BEFORE finishing up the book- it would've given me a whole lotta insight on how much I could have played with her character. Think some of these drawings are totally book-worthy (I'm not saying that to be nice or cute or supportive for young artists or anything, I'm saying this because I think there's some killer illustrative styles going on).

(how fricken fantastic is that last one, best for last)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

50 shades of creme

Hello from the dead!
So so so many things to post, and I've been so KO'd. I'm on vacation back home in the isles if that gets me any pity points for delayed posts. Probably not, but I'm using it.

My first book WILD with Flying Eye Press is out!
 It made it's debut in June at ELCAF, and it has been terrific and exciting and a little nerve-wracking, but I am happy to finally share it.

Here's some of my very rough initial work for the book, all found it my buss' up sketchbook. If you wanna see what the finished book looks like, all gussied up, buy it here!