Wednesday, 12 December 2012

More Little Big Books

I'm probably a little biased because my work snuck in it, but still, it's a fantastic book.

Mark Making

Today I taught mark making with a group of adults, most of whom haven't drawn anything since being at school. The below images were produced by responding to an object with their eyes shut. Their lack of inhibition was a pleasure to see and resulted in some great drawings.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Blind Becky

Miss Palmer and I spent an evening drawing each other without looking at the paper. She is beautiful in real life.

Saturday, 8 December 2012


I recently received my copy of LOAf and it's jam packed with comic loveliness! You can see my work in there alongside comics by Becky Palmer, Daisy Hirst, Alexis Deacon, Ben Parker, Natalie Blofield and lots more. I'll post some images soon but in the mean time, you can get your copy on Etsy.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Thursday, 29 November 2012


A fine way to spend a Saturday if you're in London this weekend... via James Hobbs

Follow me on Facebook

Shameless self promotion, but if you prefer to follow my ramblings on Facebook you can do just that!

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Taking a line for a walk

For those of you that don't know, I have the pleasure of teaching illustration on the Art and Design Foundation course at Chesterfield College. I normally reserve this blog for my own work, but recently I've acquired a new group of students who really are a uniquely motivated and inspiring bunch. Anyway, this is a taste of what they got up to in their first week... watch this space.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Drawing with light

I spent an hour last week drawing figures and portraits with light. It creates lovely expressive drawings and i'm wondering if there is a way to incorporate them in to my illustrations?

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Little Big Books

My work has been featured in Little Big Books, Illustrations For Children's Picture Books. Yay! It's published by Gestalten. You can buy the book here and read a review here.

Tales Of Magical Objects

My work, in the process of being hung in the Cheltenham Illustration Awards exhibition, 'Tales of Magical Objects' at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. More info:

Pic via the Pitt Rivers Facebook page. Like them here.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Thick Sliced Fun

I'm super excited to have been asked to contribute to Loaf Magazine, a comics zine for 9 - 12 year olds. Thing is, they need funding to get this wonderful project up and running. If you can spare a small amount of cash, you will receive goodies in return!

Please take a moment to watch the video here: People Fund It Video

Or you can follow the loafers here:
Loaf Magazine on Twitter
Loaf Magazine Blog

Spread the word! It's thick sliced fun!

Image by Becky Palmer, one of the founders of Loaf.

New York, I Love You

In July I visited New York with my Mum. Rather, my Mum very kindly took me to New York for my 30th birthday present. (Amazing Mum, I know). The experience was unforgettable for many reasons. I can't wait to go back! Here are some of my favourite creatures and characters from our trip.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Macmillan Prize 2012

I'm very thrilled to say that my book 'The Boy who Lost his Bumble' has been highly commended in the Macmillan Prize 2012. The exhibition of winners and highly commended entries is on now at Foyles Gallery. You can read more about the prize and exhibition here. In the mean time, a few pics from the opening on Monday courtesy of Martin Salisbury.

Fish out of water

I've been trying to find new ways of working a little quicker. It wasn't any quicker, but I'm pleased with the colours. I'm looking forward to spending more time in the print room this summer.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Searle Award for Creativity 2012

Woop! I won the Searle Award. I received joint first prize with Fine Artist Jo Miller. If you'd like to go along and see the exhibition it's on now.... 

Searle Award for Creativity 2012 Exhibition
Date: 21 March - 12 April 2012
Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge School of Art, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT

The annual Searle Award for Creativity recognises excellence in any artistic discipline and is open to all students in Cambridge School of Art. 

Ronald established this annual award to encourage creativity among Anglia Ruskin students and the bronze trophy, the ‘Flying Pen’, is based on one of his drawings. Each year a theme is chosen with particular relevance to his life and work, and this year the competition has been based on migration.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

The Lost Children

I've been shortlisted for the Ronald Searle Award for Creativity 2012! Yay! 

My entry was a series of editorial illustrations called ‘The Lost Children’. Post war Britain saw more than 150,000 children in care, some as young as three shipped to a ‘better life’ in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. ‘The Lost Children’ chronicles the journey of these child migrants.

Below are three of the illustrations from the final set. You can see the full set here on my Facebook page.

Cambridge News

We made the Cambridge News! Great to have my whale image printed as part of the article too! It's a little difficult to read on the image so here's a link to the article online:

Monday, 16 January 2012

Graduation Exhibition

Hi folks,

If you'd like to come to my graduation exhibition, here are the details:

MA Children's Book Illustration 
Graduation Exhibition

8th - 15th February 2012

The Gallery at FOYLES
(Third floor)

Foyles Bookshop
118 - 119 Charing Cross Road