Monday, December 05, 2011

Stuck in my Head

Sometimes I get a song trapped in my brain for an entire day, and occasionally for an entire week if I'm really unlucky. Today I have a saying stuck on repeat in my mind. I thought I'd exorcise the demon by putting it down on paper. Let's see if it works...

Friday, December 02, 2011

Latin Bears

This popped into my head last night and I scribbled myself a little note to draw it up today if I had the time. I'm particularly fond of the polar bear. Might be a character here!

As happy as a pig with a cocktail...

I've been a bit quiet recently as I crack on with a couple of projects that I can't mention here at the mo (mostly as they're still in progress!). I'm also working on developing my characters, this little guy is Perry the Pig...

Friday, November 18, 2011

How is it November already?!

Today I've been drawing this little illustration to freshen up the entry page of my website. I was aiming for being not overly Christmassy, just vaguely festive! Hope it hits the mark.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Shadow on the Stairs

Look what landed on my desk this morning! Some very smart-looking copies of the book jacket I was commissioned to illustrate by the lovely folks over at Barrington Stoke. If you want a copy of the real thing, they're up on Amazon at the mo.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Castle Melamine Coasters

I was asked the other day about these,  I drew some lovely illos of sheep for Castle Melamine a few years ago and you can now buy them on Amazon.  

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Eteaket Prints

My exhibition at Eteaket is now up on the wall and last Wednesday we had a lovely opening night with tea cocktails. My thanks to everyone who came along, it was a great success and I've had so much interest for prints that I've had to order extra paper stock! Eteaket are selling prints from their website , so check it out if you're searching for something a little different to give this Christmas.

Friday, November 04, 2011


Have a safe Bonfire Night folks and don't forget to check for hedgehogs before lighting any bonfires!

Monday, October 31, 2011

24 Hours to go

Tomorrow evening I'll be hammering nails into walls in Eteaket and getting my exhibition into a presentable shape. Today I'm still drawing and printing work. Later I'll be framing like a mad thing. I am not a last minute person, I just found some inspiration today and decided to continue creating. The illo above is of a White Hart and he's my second-to-last piece. One more to do! On Wednesday I'll be saying hello to those of you who are in the area/have the time to pop by for my opening night!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Hello Friday!

It's been a busy week but I wanted to share this illo with you. I'm currently working on one of my own stories and this is one of my characters!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Eteaket Exhibition

I've been working on some new lettering-based pieces for an exhibition I'm doing next month in Eteaket up in Edinburgh. If you haven't been it's a lovely place with a fantastic selection of teas and cakes (hello). I'll post more info about what I'm up to once I've got things framed and printed!

More babies...

I've decided I need more practise at sketching little ones, so I set myself a challenge for today's doodle to draw another baby. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New Samples

Here are some more traditional fairy tale characters. Puss in Boots is a favourite of mine and the Fairy Godmother just popped into my head one day and needed putting down on paper!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Viewpoint Illo

I think this might just be one of my favourites! The latest effort from me for the lovely folks over at Top Sante Magazine.

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Wee Dougie!

Today's doodle. It's lovely and warm over here at the moment, almost freakishly warm actually. Both cat and dog seem puzzled by the sudden change in temperature, can't say I'm not slightly confused myself!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Culzean Estate Map

Earlier this year I had an exciting commission from the National Trust to draw a new estate map for Culzean Castle. Last week I was in the area and thought I'd drop by to see it in situ. And here it is...

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Brrrr, Summer is officially over then...

I don't know how the weather is with you, but over here in Edinburgh it's feeling distinctly nippy today. With that in mind I started on a new illo to go on the front page of my website, and here it is!

Monday, September 05, 2011

A commission from CAFOD

I recently had the opportunity to work with the lovely folks at CAFOD, a charity raising funds to help children from deprived backgrounds achieve their ambitions and dreams. You can see some of my illos on their website here.

I'm baaaaack!

Soooo, I've been away on a little holiday and today is my first day back at my desk. I've got a pile of emails to answer before I can get cracking with some drawing, but I'm actually itching to pick up my pen and get scribbling!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Otter-ly Cute?

Self explanatory really! I'm on my hols at the moment spending some time with family, but had a spare half hour and drew this little guy.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Ooooh an Agent!

I've just signed up to join the lovely team at Miles Stott Children's Literacy Agency. I'll be represented in all things children's-publishing-related by the awesome Mandy Suhr, who'll also be helping me shape up on my writing technique (phew).

A Quick Update

Hello everyone, sorry it's been rather quiet over here. I've had a lot to do recently and most of my projects have been ones that I can't show here (or at least, not until they are in print!). Above are a few things I've been working on for my portfolio, hope you like them!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fancy Dress

Today's doodle, drawn in-between doing some invoicing and brainstorming for a brief.

Being a Grown Up

Here's a nice bit of lettering I was playing around with this morning. It's a question that I've never quite been able to answer myself!

Viewpoint Illustration

Here's this month's illo for Top Sante Magazine. As I mentioned on a previous post I had a great time drawing cute dogs all day!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Bear on a Unicycle

It's Monday, so here's a bear on a unicycle. Nope, I couldn't think of a good reason for drawing this either. But look how cute he is!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Christmas Come Early...

I realised the other day that I didn't have anything festive in my current portfolio. Luckily I was asked to draw a couple this week and I thought I'd post them here - the gap in my portfolio is filled!

Emmie Explores

Working on some ideas for a cute toddler character. I do like the name Emmie a lot...

Bear Sketches

I've been sketching a Bear character for a book idea and I thought I'd share him with you. Happy Friday everybody!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Giraffe in a Scarf

One of my doodles. He was originally going to be wearing a tie, but it just didn't rhyme!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The Circus is in Town

I was drawing this yesterday and I'm not sure it's finished just yet, but I thought I'd share it with you. The horse was the most fun to draw, if anyone wants to commission me to draw a book of horses and ponies that would be awesome *unsubtle hint* .

Monday, July 04, 2011


This is how I feel today after a day spent doing my accounts and paperwork. I'd much rather be drawing of course!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

What I Drew Today...

Awr look, it's a Bear and a Bunny having a picnic. It looks vaguely Summery outside my studio window today and I'm wondering if perhaps an outdoor career might have been a better plan! Tomorrow it'll probably rain and then I can feel all smug about being inside and warm...

A Quick Doodle

I'm calling him "Butch" and I imagine he's one of those loveable but slobbery types!