Thursday, December 07, 2006

Front Cover for An A-Z of Man's Best Friend

It is starting to look like I have an obsession with dogs but this really isn't the case! This is my proposed front cover for my dog alphabet. It is in the final stages I'm just waiting on delivery of my spanking new printer (an HP Photosmart D7160) and I'll be making up a hardback copy to show to publishers.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006


This book has been printed as an accordian/ foldout book and looks pretty neat on paper. I've used Illustrator to get the simple flat lines and neatened things up in Photoshop. Due to the lack of need for words I think this book has universal appeal and would be suitable for most ages.

'Walkies' book

Thursday, November 23, 2006

An illustration of Jason Webley and Jay Thompson's song 'Eleven Saints'

A little project I've been playing around with. Sadly I've only got up to five saints so far, but they were great fun to draw. I spent a while looking through religious texts and looking at various dramatic scenes, most involving an animal of some kind and a painful death.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

And now for something completely different...

I've been experimenting with using Photoshop textures within my work for a while now and decided to go all out on an idea I had for a Christmas card. This is based on the iconic painting 'Revd Dr Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch' by Sir Henry Raeburn.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Nul Points cover re-release

Arrived in the post this morning. The bright yellow was initially shocking but its really growing on me and I love the new size. This won't be in the shops until next year though...

Angry this morning

As a freelancer I rely on prompt payment from clients and my bank being efficient to keep my balance in a healthy state. Yes I've been paid but does it show up on my online bank statement? No. Why is it not updated over the weekend? Or even by Monday morning? Why does is take three working days to input a piece of data into a computer that should work instantaneously?

The shops open on weekends, the electricity and water works on the weekends and even I work on the weekends (hey I'm committed to my job what can I say?). Isn't it about time my bank did too?

Friday, November 17, 2006

Having fun with my new font

Its official. I'm going to be adding my swirly typeface to my library of favourites. This image is the first in a line I'm working on to do with 'Guides to Life' or hints or something. Its all in the air at the moment but I'm excited about it.

As to why buy expensive shampoo? Well because it works better. I have long hair and spend hours gazing at all the pretty bottles in Boots and Superdrug.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Another reason to avoid Starbucks...

Although they have just released their new hot chocolate and man is it good.


For those of you who live locally, I will be having a little gathering at the Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art, to celebrate the completion of my book 'Dae Ye Ken?'. All are welcome so feel free to pop along from 7-10pm on Saturday 25th November and say hello!

Second instalment of a Month of News for November

November 9th to 11th. This project is turning out to be quite a challenge. It is very difficult to illustrate a story every day, particularly one that may not even have a humorous angle. I'm sure it is good for me though...

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Sunday Times

One of my Business Gateway ads was in the Sunday Times today. Thanks to Jill for spotting it! This design is also currently appearing on the Scotsman website as a banner.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Diet time for ponies...

Now this irritates me. Ponies are generally quite round and robust, it is part of their charm. My Little Ponies used to be cute, round little beasties with big eyes. These days they have legs up to their armpits and a nipped in waistline. They look more like gangly foals than ponies, why oh why? Is it not even acceptable for a toy to be curvaceous?

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Dae Ye Ken? Blog

I've just finished creating a blog for my book Dae Ye Ken?. You can view it here...

Friday, November 03, 2006

Experimenting with lettering...

This week I have been looking at lettering (one of my passions) and trying out some new fonts. Here is one of my favourites so far. My Hand Lettered text has appeared on bookjackets, billboards and taxis. I'm a huge fan of hand lettered text in general and many of the illustrators that I admire also use lettering in their work.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Oh and Happy Birthday Alex!

My little brother is 22 today!

Fifty-three days until Christmas!

Hello All. I'm back and ready to get creating. Yesterday I had a sudden compulsion to design and make an advent calendar and here is the result. The image to the left is the front and the image to the right contains the little pictures under the flaps.

And here are some photos of the finished thing...

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

I'm off to Spain next week!

I'll be leaving on Sunday for a week in Ampurias, an ancient Roman town complete with ruins and a beach! I'm taking my sketch pads (and Linn) so I'll be posting images when I return.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

My Desk

My new prize possession is my Dell LCD 19" Monitor. This beauty has freed up a huge amount of desk space as well as improving my digital workspace too! Anyway, I drew this in response to a brief titled 'Wish You Were Here', the idea being to depict a place where you meet people, talk to friends and get inspiration. Well sorry guys but my PC is my access to the world. I have every visual reference I could ever require and my best friends from all over the world can be reached via the click of a mouse (hooray for Skype and Messenger). Plus I've been a little under the weather this week so I haven't strayed far from my desk.

I'd also like to link this piece to a website that I find fascinating called 'On My Desk'. Here creatives share photos of their workspaces and give a little insight into their inspirations and methods. I warn you it is very addictive...

Saturday, October 14, 2006

I'm everywhere!

We popped down to Waverley Train Station today to take a few pictures of the barrier arms with my images on them. We also happened upon one of the taxis! Once we'd spotted one we kept on seeing them everywhere!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

It is finally here!

My book arrived from the publishers this morning so it is now available for all you lovely people to purchase. You can get it on Amazon, W H Smith or straight from my publishers. You know you want to....

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

An ancient horse

My grandparents had one of these at their house, whether it was real or not I don't know! I love the way these statues stand and I had a compulsion to draw one.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

My Business Gateway poster in Glasgow...

Thanks to Lex for pointing this out and providing a map! I took this photo this afternoon. If anyone else spots one please feel free to let me know. I saw a few more of this particular one but I'd like a photo of one of the green ones!

Friday, September 29, 2006

Business Gateway

I've been reliably informed that my posters have been spotted in Glasgow! Well here they are anyway. If you haven't seen it already I've just re-built my website so please take a look.