Christmas Owl Illustration

December 19, 2014


Merry Christmas everyone! Here is my illustrated Christmas owl to wish you all happy Christmas and a little bit of a process post! -from sketching out the rough lines, to working up the details and then the final owl in all his Christmas grumpiness! (with just a touch of gold for a bit of festive sparkle!). I drew him up using 2 shades of blue Karisma pencils (which I love as they are lovely for either heavy or light use for shading) and a gold ceramic pen for the gold highlights. -Merry Christmas y’all!x


My hipster fox was part of the Inkygoodness Beermat illustration exhibition held at the Coningsby Gallery off Tottenham Court Road in April this year! It was a great exhibition to be part of along with some exiting other illustrators and designers and the kids behind Ammo magazine and sponsored by Sailor Jerry! The show was grand! (take a look at a behind the scenes film of the exhibition here.. and the show was indeed jam packed of inky-goodness! It was great to be able to get back to gouache and paint my fox horn-rimmed glasses and all! …some more shots from the show…Image


…there was also another character that didn’t get his paint finished in time! (and sadly still remains un-finished!) ahh I might just post him as a halloween special!


Here is a close up of the first of my laser cut illustrated keys, hand drawn and based on the front door key of the old house I grew up in as a child and stories such as The Secret Garden, a mysterious key to unlock exciting secrets! These keys were cut in a variety of shades of wood, working with the natural wood grain.

illustration exhibitionMy work is going to be on show at The Illustration Cupboard in London from this week as part of an exhibition of Falmouth Illustration Alumni (Falmouth Illustration: The Retrospective) showing from 3rd – 12th February. Works were selected from commercially commissioned pieces with mine featuring the illustrations I created for “Wherever Nina Lies” published by Scholastic. Come along and check it out y’all-there should be a real mix of styles on show!

Illustration Process Thread!

October 22, 2009

I’ve had a few mails lately from folks asking how I create some of my line work, so with this in mind I though I’d take a few pics whilst working though from start to finish with “Our Lady Luck” line drawing, so get some tea and biscuits, sit back and enjoy the journey!

ONE: Quick thumbnail sketch of a possible idea for an illustration …grab a crayon and get sketching quick! don’t let that idea escape! catch him by his heels and get it all down. -It only needs to be rough at this stage, just to give a flavour of what the end piece could be, don’t worry about making it look good at this stage as it’s easy to get caught up in the details and loose the drawing.

TWO: A cleaned up version of the thumbnail, drawn on a nice big clean piece of paper (without my to do list on the side!) Working on getting the layout, proportion and details right. I like to draw in ‘Karisma Sky Blue” pencil when I’m roughing things out -I’m not sure why exactly, maybe it all comes down to drawing lots of ‘blueprint’ plans as a kid for top secret lairs.

THREE: I always trace off my drawing when I am happy with them, partly because I like the crispness of pencil lead on tracing paper, but also because my desktop scanner is an old fellow and he seems to pick up better detail when the drawings are on transparencies, so I like to appease him where I can!

FOUR: I take the file into Photoshop, clean up an smudges that sneaked in and then print the image off onto overhead projector transparency, then project in a nice big scale onto the chosen wall and draw! I used a Molotow bullet tipped pen for the line work until that ran out and had to switch to Posca Medium Line.

FIVE: Finished!! Our Lady Luck line drawing illustration done and dusted on the wall, Voilà!

This is actually an ongoing project and will be a full colour print as time goes by, but I had some empty wall space that needed some artwork and it was also a great opportunity to answer a few questions! I hope you found it useful!

This little baby is for the Floreal Fragrances home page! The brief was ‘Fresh with floral and herb elements’ -a great excuse for some swirl line drawing and some Art Nouveau inspired lily drawings!

Lazy Oaf Illustration

April 22, 2009

Just a quick illo for Lazy Oaf over in Kingly Court in Carnaby Street London for an impromptu exhibition to launch their new season collection! The display will be up from the 23rd to 26th April.

Illustrated Typography

April 2, 2009

Illustrated typography with a nautical theme, after all you should never trust an octopus!

Just a quick post to let you know my new shop is online and open for business! Take a browse for some awesome treats such as this bag of tasty badges! Check it out here…..

Back to the paint box!

March 2, 2009

Just a quick colour study I’m working on …can’t say too much about it just now, but it’s great to be able to dust off my Gouache and get back to some painting!