Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Claudia the Witch Samples from Years Gone By.

I thought that today, perhaps due to rain induced madness, that I will share with you a project I worked on a few years ago with Templar Publishing which unfortunately never saw the light of day. It was about a witch who didn't quite fit in. But who does, in this day and age? Yes, you've guessed it, I have no idea what I'm talking about.

But what I CAN tell you with some respectable amount of certainty is that I had a really, REALLY fun time doing these samples, and would love one day to re-envisage the idea and try and make it work again. One day...perhaps. But I hope you enjoy these peices! The top one of Claudia the witch feeding her pet is on my website and is my Twitter background, but I think the others have been lurking away in my hard-drive, waiting for their moment to shine. GO, GO!! I'll post some more soon! I hope everyone is well! :D

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Canine Comrades and Soupazines.

Good day to you (it is rather fantastic weather here where I am...)!

Busy, busy week getting lots of things ready for the upcoming Bologna Book Festival (I swear it's ALWAYS just around the corner...), which, once again, I can't show juuuust yet (I'm sooorrryyy!!), BUT, here's a sample illustration I did a few weeks ago involving, that's right, you guessed it, our favourite canine comrades (Wolves). I was actually quite happy with this, which is quite rare for me, but I have to keep pushing my children's book style and making it better. I suppose that's the aim of all artists, you've never got a 'perfect' illustration, it can always be better. You gotta want it! But for now, and on a Wednesday, I'm rather happy with this one. But there is a rumour going round that these characters are being developed into dogs, and not wolves at all...

Oh! And the wonderful Soupa Network has a new zine out which you can read here, and it does involve myself, some jellyfish and a little live drawing event I was a part of last month, as well as the other great Soupa artists who were involved in other events during YARNfest. It's a really great read, and oh yes, it looks gawgeous. Thanks to Jo for putting this bad boy together!

But yes, happy end of March to youses!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Tim & Light

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by!
This week I have been juggling a few projects, two of them for the upcoming Bologna Book Fair (I'm basically taking a break to write this post from the scary mountain of work I have to do for next's looking at me very ominously...I may placate it with treats...), but one little side-project I HAVE completed is a poster for the brilliant play 'Tim & Light', which is put together and performed by Tucked in Productions.

I saw the play a few weeks ago, which is all done with incredibly designed puppets and masks, (and a great set designed by my friend Lorna Killin), and let me tell you, it was fantastic. I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like it, and it has been garnering some pretty impressive reviews, so it was great to be able to be a part of it all with my little poster. I know it's going on tour around the UK this summer, including some major festivals (and when I say major, I mean MAJOR...), so if you're in the neighbourhood, give it a look see! If you can. Of course. I'm sure their website will keep you posted on the tour dates as and when they get them.
As per usual, thanks so much for looking at this blog, and I'll post some more work soon! Adios, amigos!

Friday, 11 March 2011


Well, hello there. I thought it was time to get some artwork back up on this blog. Here are some more wolf development sketches, wouldn't you know it?!
I'm quite liking the feel of these guys (soft and furry, now that you ask...), but it seems that, for the time being anyway, these characters are going to be making a slight transition to their domestic cousins...dogs. I'm designing them as we speak (well, actually, I'm writing this, but then I shall go back to, nevermind...). But I'll tell you what, drawing the wolves as much as I have been has helped me a lot to understand the anatomy of dogs. So, thank you, my lupine friends.