Friday, March 26, 2010

Oh Hooray it's Friday!

It's been a busy week and next week looks even busier. At least there's Easter goodness to look forward to. I've got some plans that involve shredded wheat, melted chocolate and mini eggs! Bring on the Easter chocolate nests!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Inlaw or Outlaw?!

Today's doodle drawn as I peer mournfully out of my studio window at the blanket of white fog that seems to have enveloped Edinburgh. Brrrrrrrrr. The postie brought me a nice surprise though, 100 lovely postcards featuring my Animal A-Z illustration all ready to be addressed and posted to clients old and new. If you'd like one sent your way get in touch!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Little Dog Lost

A new character/ book idea about a little dog called 'Roo'. Possibly based on my own dog (!) apart from the lost bit. Oh now I'm hoping I haven't jinxed him or anything...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Super-sized Last Supper

Inspired by an article on the BBC website about a study of paintings of scenes from the Last Supper. According to the BBC "The main meals grew 69% and plate size 66% between the oldest (carried out in 1000AD) and most recent (1700s) paintings. Bread size grew by about 23%. The sharpest increases were seen in paintings completed after 1500 and up to 1900AD".

Mrs Buttkiss and the Big Surprise!

My first US children's book has just been published! You can buy it here or check out the website here.

Here's the blurb...

"Mrs. Buttkiss is the charming tale of a big woman with a big secret. She’s been holding in a fart….forever. And she’s terrified of what will happen when she finally lets it out. The story of Mrs. Buttkiss was born a decade ago, when author Eric Rosenfeld--a Harvard MBA and nationally recognized expert in investing and corporate governance--was desperately trying to get his three kids (then aged 6, 8 and 10) to settle down and go to sleep. Knowing exactly what got their attention, Eric dreamed up Mrs. B and her secret. The kids quieted down in minutes—and soon began to laugh. And laugh. By the end, all three were in hysterics. So what happens when Mrs. B finally lets it out? Will her greatest fears be realized? Or will the outcome be . . . magical?

You’ll have to read the story to find out!"

Friday, March 19, 2010


It's pigs on my brain today, as demonstrated by my scribbles! I'm sitting in my studio inhaling the lovely scent of the hyacinths blooming on my filing cabinet. I've just been reading about an experimental study, I think it was in Japan, where office worker's creativity was tested with and without a pot plant in the room. Those working with the plant present were found to be more creative! So get down to the garden centre and give yourself a little boost!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Joys of Spring

Today's quick sketch scribbled inbetween my commissioned projects. It was actually almost warm today in Edinburgh and the flowers in the Meadows are looking lovely. With Spring on my mind I drew this little pony full of the joys...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Butterflies flutterby

Part of a lovely illustration I'm currently working on for the nice people over at Scottish Natural Heritage. It's going to be a gorgeous orchard scene, full of hidden wildlife and luscious plants. I'll post the final piece here once it's finished and printed!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Elephant Algebra

I like drawing elephants. There's something very satisfying about them! This elephant was intended for something else but I got a little waylaid by a sudden idea, so here he is...

Monday, March 08, 2010

Sock It To Me Competition

I entered the 'Sock it To Me' competition to design a pair of socks. Sadly not a winner but my design (see above) got an honorable mention on the wonderful Print & Pattern blog.

Like buses...

...nothing for ages and then two come along at once! Here's another little doodle I coloured up this morning. I'm obviously trying to make sure I don't forget Mother's Day on Sunday (that's a head's up for anyone who hasn't remembered!).

Dinosaur Scene

Here is last week's doodle, a little late due to workload...

Monday, March 01, 2010

Coasting along...

Just thought I'd share some of the coaster designs I was working on over Christmas for Castle Melamine.