Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Christmas shopping with umbrella and penguins

December is upon us. People will be opening the first doors of their advent calendars for a chocolate hit before breakfast, unless you have one of the more traditional ones in which case just a picture of a star or a bauble for you. I don't actually have one myself, but I am starting to consider Christmas shopping and have this ink drawing to mark the festive occasion.

Given the current winter weather it may have been more appropriate to put snowflakes in this one, but who bothers with an umbrella then?

I am aware of the compositional similarity between this and the legendary work of Mr Gorey's Gashleycrumb Tinies, however by the time I had put much thought into this several of the penguins were already 'alive' so I had to finish it!

Pen and ink on paper...

Monday, 8 November 2010

'The Last Dragonslayer' Cover Art and App Illustrations

Hi all,

I recently worked with the lovely people at Hodder and Stoughton on the cover art and title lettering for Jasper Fforde's new book 'The Last Dragonslayer'


'In the good old days, magic was powerful, unregulated by government, and even the largest spell could be woven without filling in magic release form B1-7g.

Then the magic started fading away.

Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for soothsayers and sorcerers. But work is drying up. Drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and even magic carpets are reduced to pizza delivery.

So it’s a surprise when the visions start. Not only do they predict the death of the Last Dragon at the hands of a dragonslayer, they also point to Jennifer, and say something is coming.

Big Magic . . . '

There is an enhanced e-book edition -

I also produced some illustrations for the apple ipad and iphone app which expand upon the weird and wonderful world of Jennifer Strange.

Friday, 25 June 2010

The Vengeful Lobster

Perhaps the king of seafood, the lobster. A particularly mean looking crustacean inflicting vengeance.

Very tasty when it's good, but slightly less pleasant when you consider it is related to the humble woodlouse. Mmm.

Ink, watercolour etc

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Old Sketchbooks 1 - The Doctor is Out

Hi all,

I unearthed some of my old sketchbooks recently and have been entertained, embarrassed and disturbed as a result. I know there are artists who will happily draw something then discard it, I have never been able to do this and have a fairly vast archive of rough sketches, layout plans, lists and other odds and ends.

I had forgotten about a lot of the work in these books, but it is amazing how when flicking through the pages I remember what I was doing at the time like where I was when I was drawing or what music I was listening too.

This one (one of the safer ones to put up) was drawn whilst on the train to London, I've dated it on the back as 28th of January, but I'm not sure what year, or where the doctor actually is...

Monday, 24 May 2010

Featured Portfolio at HAI

Monday again, and it is far too warm to be indoors working with computers and other heat emitting technology, no new pictures today I'm afraid (I am busy with lots of them though, honest) just a quick note to say my work has been selected as a featured portfolio this week at HireanIllustrator, so many thanks!

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Collection of Creatures

The sun is shining and it almost feels like Spring might happen sometime soon, as a result I'm feeling somewhat experimental, having been recently working on projects demanding a sense of realism and accurate renderings of things that actually exist (probably not obvious from my online portfolio) I've taken a little time out to draw some creatures, imaginary ones thankfully. Most of them are friendly though, I think.

This was drawn in ink and watercolour. Visit my site to see a larger image-


Friday, 19 February 2010

Chinese New Year, 2010 Year of the Tiger

Chinese New Year was on the 14th, so this is a few days behind, but we are now in the Year of the Tiger and this is an illustration of mine to mark the event, drawn in ink and watercolour on heavy paper.

The other 11 animals are as follows, rat, ox, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and boar, they are all there...

Chinese New Year
Chinese Astrology

Friday, 1 January 2010

2010 - Metropolitan Wasteland and a Happy New Year to all

Happy New Year, 2010 has finally arrived... definitely time to add some more recent work to my blog.

This piece revisits a favourite topic of mine, architecture, drawn with my dip pen in black ink, and painted in watercolour and acrylic.

Happy New Year to all...