Friday, 12 July 2013

You are Excellent...

A Friday doodle, sometimes we all need to be reminded 
that we are excellent...even penguins.

Monday, 8 April 2013

The Wind In The Willows

Ok! here it is my entry for the Penguin Design 
Award Competition. 
I really enjoyed developing this image, it reminds me 
of a little book I had when I was a child full of these 
'happy' colours. I wanted to create a watery scene 
that just makes you want to throw your socks off and 
dip your toes, as willow trees gently stroke the flowing
river as bursts of sunlight rain down like a waterfall
creating a shimmering world of reflection and relaxation....
Oh my I need to get out of the studio!
Mr Toad who sings care-free whilst pulling the petals off 
a water lilly, reminds me of my step father who would often 
race around town in his Alfa Romao Spider tooting his horn 
loudly, shouting, "Make way for a navel officer!" 
So Toad is very close to my heart, although at the time I was a 
teenager and used to wish for the ground to just swallow me up!
Wind in the Willows is one of the best stories and E.H. Shepard 
an amazing illustrator...I just hope I have done them justice!

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Bird Song

Lots of Tweeting This Morning - ( but not on twitter )

Every spring these little birds arrive in the trees
and really have a hearty tweet. Whilst walking
Mac and Dotty this morning there was this
amazing opera of birdsong happening and
what makes it really super is that the birds are so
tiny but there are so many. Closing my eyes
( Yes, I am that embarrassing! hence why teens
won't walk with me! )
I can almost imagine I am some where quite
tropical indeed.
This was in stark contrast with seeing a buzzard
just sat in the field watching the rabbit holes...
waiting for brunch! Ah! Nature so beautiful
and yet so dangerous.

Friday, 8 March 2013

The Inquisitive Fox

'Trying to understand the quirks of human nature!'
My Jack Russell, Mac, does a lot of head
on one side when looking at me especially
when I'm squeaking *"CHEEZIES" in a
certain voice, ( *dog owners will Totally
know which 'voice' I am referring to
here! ) the one you can't let visitors
of a serious nature know you do behind
closed doors to your pooches!

Foxy sketches

Snoozing Fox

Prior to going digital with my
MA story, I did lots of drawings.
I love the idea that as a Fox you
can rest your long nose on your 
bushy tail. Must be super Comfy!

Monday, 4 February 2013

Foxy and the Nibbles

Ok now the show is up at FOYLES,
This week!! ( Get yourself along to see some
super lovely illustrations,) I have a minute
to pop some images up... This is my cover
for my book... I am afraid that my dummy
book is not quite so well made as others
but it was made with love...and a lot of...
printer ink. That's all I'm saying...
*wipes brow*

Bunting makes the world go round... possibly? makes me happy.
I managed to pin some to my shelf
at the MA show *essential*

What I did this weekend...

Playing about this weekend I came up with this
lot whilst trying to figure out what to do for the
Wind in the Willows Penguin Design comp this
year while I can still enter... I think?
Just makes me want to go outside.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

My MA Final - Foxy

Me and this little guy have spent a lot of time 
together recently but I am really pleased with 
the outcome and will add more when I have 
completed the exhibition. To see more you will
have to come to Foyles 4-9th Feb 2013.

A book mark for all your book marking needs.
What! you have a Kindle! Grrr *shakes fist *

Little Birds Logo

Note paper design

 Little birds

For my MA final I have been working on a story
which includes this little bird.


This chap is from another story in progress.

The Children's Book MA Illustration show 4th-9th Feb at Foyles

I hear there is an MA show coming soon...Eek!
(portfolio images flying everywhere, printer
running on the fumes of ink! What! Jessops
has gone bust! but I bought my printing paper there! Aggh!)
some amazing illustrators will exhibiting please do come and see!


I am never happier than when I am
creating graphical children's

Typography images

You may need to get your eyes tested after
looking at these they are a little zingy but I 
think we can all agree eye catching!

Ending on a more soothing note for baby lotion.

One for the girls


On the theme of Boys

Dancing cacti and socks 
important when celebrating 

Milk is good for you!

Having a play with type again
I like this young man's moustache!


I loved this chap he generally likes to be sticky 
the story still has to be worked on. 
I had problems scanning these as they were A2
and the colours have come out a little too

Tea bag elephant

Amazingly enough I threw down a herbal teabag
a while ago and this little elephant, who I think
is chasing a rogue peanut came to live from the page.
I will add more to this as I got quite carried away
and drank quite a lot of tea to boot!
Grimm's Final Cover

I was really happy with my final design
it incorporated the beauty of fashion
illustration with the wonderful world of Grimm's.
I also found some amazing old paper for the background
which had once been in a book that had been used to collect
lots of different Moss's from New Zealand and they had
imprinted on the paper which again I felt gave a very
'woodsy' feel to the image.
Initial stages of the cover

I loved creating the hand painted typography
for this cover.
Grimm's Fairy Tales Ideas

Grimm's wouldn't be Grimm's without a Wicked Queen and a few fairies
so I decided to indulge myself.

I rather like the idea of a fairy musing her day whilst on a toadstool.

Beautiful fairies dashing for a gathering in the woods

 ... and of course a castle hidden away in the far away realms is a must.

Grimm's Fairy Tales - Design Award Competition

I created many versions on my way to the final image
I was quite happy with the results of this Wolf running
as there always seems to be someone running from one
of the tricky blighters in the fairy tales.