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...