'The place where inspiration hits the page running... A sketchbook to fail and reflect on my work and my process'

Tuesday, 31 January 2012


I thought I was going to miss it but I made it! only just!....I packed up my sketchbook and sent it to New York. Here are a few pages from it. I wanted it to be a showcase for some of my new work but instead I used it as a portal to just go a little scruffy! It may have been that I knew I would never get it back so I put lots of throw away marks in it.. well covered it with them. Which was really nice after I got over the fact that some bits just look a little rubbish, but that was it for me. To create some throw away bits that I wasn't attached too. It has helped my work too. I'm currently working with Ruarri Joseph on his new album cover and I can post a couple that don't fit the brief, therefore not ruining the surprise. So doing the sketchbook and using loose marks had loosened the work I have done for him....I'll post them later but for now here are a few pages from the sketchbook...

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Another from Bobo

...just warming up, and Bobo was there!

Monday, 9 January 2012

Finished nearly!

all three... now what to do for the binding?


..so the final one. It's not amazing but I like it generally...it's all I've had time to do sooo here they all are.. just the binding design to do now and get the files ready to send, oh and pay!

It's late, the dog is farting for England, as he's only had one walk today!...so we're off home. Until next time...

Sunday, 8 January 2012


I'm in the studio. It's misty as, outside, and Bo and I are hanging out listening to all sorts of wonderous music on 6music for Bowies birthday! Loving it. My housemate left today, so although we're happy and chilled now, when we go home to an empty room I think we'll be a little sad, so work is keeping us cheery until that happens. I'm working on a project for Folio for the House of Illustration, which has a deadline of the 10th Jan! I haven't had any time over Christmas so this is the first chance I've had so here's one I've done for Company of Wolves.... two versions... the bottom one I prefer for the space but the darker one looks more like dusk and has more atmosphere, which is what I wanted. The other one is the finished, so one more to go..Puss in Boots and I'm there.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012


I did an illustration for Sam Gray at Fabric, for Rob Self-Pierson and here it is in situ on the Twin Town blog. The blog will hopefully be made into a book when Rob returns from his travels...and look something like this, Thanks to Sam.

Monday, 2 January 2012


It's been a while and I've really not done any new work for a while now as I've had a part time job over the season break. My next book is back in the swing, so that's going to keep me busy for the next month or so. I went to Bristol over New Year, just for 24 hrs. We stayed with my friend Annie in Southville in her lovely festive house. We had a lovely evening in the Star and Dove in Totterdown and met up with a few more friends there.
I took this great picture of the cropped plain trees. We had to walk through Windmill park which was really rather spooky, even with three of us!

Also I walked round Truro doing my last minute Christmas shopping last month and came across this. It was a poster that I had done through Enjoy Truro. It is one of my illustrations with a rather comical edit!

So what now. I have to think long and hard where I want to head from here on in so I need to set myself a price list and stick to it. Also really work out where I'm heading with my work and make some serious income from it. I'm thinking of opening up an Etsy shop!? any ideas, tips let me know!