Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Brand new shiny website!

Hi all, very excited to announce that I have a brand new website, which you can look at here.
The site will be a regularly updated collection finished work, featuring both personal and commissioned projects and we serve as a quick insight into my work for new comers.
Thanks to Neil Southwell for all his help.
Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011


Last week I worked on a Risograph print for Yoke Books, which is a very new and exciting publishing platform based in Leeds. The print was made for the LOOP ARTS FAIR that Yoke books took were part this weekend in Leeds. The Riso-print along with the original black and white colour separations were on sale in addition with other prints and books by lots of talented artists and designers.

It was really interesting to work with 2 colours, as I usually work with 3, that with overlaying creates further two more colours, which in the this case would produce just one extra. Also, I imagine that it is quite difficult to get the image to resister correctly on a Risograph, so I also wanted to simplify the image so that their would be less room for error. So I created an image that included a background so it could act as an outline for the second colour layer. This would hopefully make it easier to register, as well making the most of the amazing texture and colour overlay that Risograph printers are known for!
I'm really excited to see the result, also I have never seen my work reproduced on a Risograph before, so I'm very excited indeed to see how its came out, as well as the future possibilities of this way of printing for me.

I would like to thanks to Bruce at Yoke for involving me in such and interesting project.

If you would like to know more about Yoke books, have a look at their very unique website here. They have some very interesting projects in the pipeline, with some very talented artist's, so keep you eyes peeled for them in the future.

Monday, 20 June 2011

It's Nice That: Bookshelf

Recently I was very kindly asked to do a list of 10 my favorite and inspiring books for the It's Nice That bookshelf. It was quite difficult to narrow it down to 10 books, but I think I made a good job of it, as well as it being really fun looking though all my favorite books. If you would like to see my choices you can read all about them here. Thanks to Bryony from It's Nice That for getting me involved.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011


Here is a quick drawing that I did today, its for the story that i'm currently working on but still a little unclear on the ending of the story, so I have been working out some of the scenes/settings for it. I have a tendency to work on white backgrounds, which although I enjoy using the paper white to make my work more graphic, I think that I should test out some different coloured backgrounds. Maybe this might make the drawings a little richer and also increase the mood of the work.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Herons amongst the reeds

Hello, here is a drawing for the story that I have been working on, I've struggled a bit with writing the narrative today, so I experimented with a few ideas for the characters and tried to build on the mood for the story as well as testing which medium to use. I have done a few drawings today and I'm happy with how the characters have come out, also I have been using watercolours again,which I'm becoming more and more fascinated with using (and still trying to incorporate more line work with this medium, as I discussed a few post ago). However I'm not sure if I have the atmosphere right yet, but I think that as the story develops, I will become more aware of what kind of atmosphere I would like to emphasize in the drawings.

Thursday, 9 June 2011


Recently I have started working on a short picture book, I have been wanting to do this for a long time, but for one reason and another I have not been able to start.
At the moment I have just been writing and drawing short sections and working on the characters. It has been a long time since I have worked in this way and I find it both exciting and challenging, because sometimes I have the pictures and not the text and vice versa, which can make it a slow process.
But I'm very excited to see how the story develops. It feels good to have a personal project that I can work on in-between my commercial work, and also I think the story will benefit from this process and will become a lot simpler and not so over-worked.

Friday, 3 June 2011


Hello, I've been using watercolor's a lot recently both in my personal work and commission work. But I have noticed that my watercolour work lacks the use of line that
is very present in my pencil crayon work. So I have been experimenting with drawing images using more line work in watercolour, here are some of the results. I think that a mix of line and block colour gives a image a texture and a depth which I feel is very important for me when making a image.