Friday, 4 October 2013

the delivery comic

I have been working on a little something with my friend and talented illustrator lady, Lottie Stoddart.

Its a weekly web comic where we get to flex our drawing hands and imagination, with no specific plan or rules to follow except each friday we take it in turns to continue the comic where the other left off, the only plot line we had decided on is that it began with a delivery.

It's inspired by the drawing and writing games we all played as children, folding pieces of paper over, hiding what the last person created and adding to it, in the end revealing some hideous/beautiful collaborative monster!

We are quite excited to be doing something so free and unrestricted, and will be a happy escape from the busy uni deadlines looming (It's the end of our Masters course in January!)

I hope you enjoy the weekly surprise as much as i am! Click the pig or the banner above to go to the comic, it launches today!


Lottie's blog here:

Sunday, 29 September 2013

a bison chewing on a stethoscope.

a bison i drew for a bison going off to medical school this weekend! 
good luck julie!

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Lettermess cards


As you can probably see from my last post but i have been dabbling in Letterpress this summer, making a royal mess in the printing rooms and muddling up all the type. ( i did put them back properly- disorganised font trays are a big letterpress sin...)

Now these handprinted, lovingly created messages are now available as cards (hooray!) you can buy them online and instore from the rather wonderful PROVIDE shop...
(click the link to see!)

...If you happen to be in Birmingham you should pop by to look at all the beautiful things for sale and say hello to Matt (he very much likes to talk about cake, clothes, and books!)

                                                  yours truely defacing things with dinosaurs.

i hope you all are well, for many its back to school time (eek!) I'm getting my pencil case and rucksack ready!


Wednesday, 31 July 2013


More letterpress last week...

Friday, 28 June 2013

Busy Beeeees

I've been a busy bee! I have been teaching myself letterpress at uni. Their print rooms are amazing, will take some more photos next week, but here are todays efforts below...

Setting up the varying sized letters was the hardest part... a bit like like a frustrating jigsaw puzzle with all the wrong size pieces. But i was feeling quite smug that no letters feel out on my first go (should hope so too it took long enough!)

I also had my first etching lesson so thats what i shall be playing with next week! 

You can see from the first print the I needs raising up a bit. I might do some nonsense sentences too just to get to grips with how it all works when the type is one size. I have been thinking about laser cutting my own font... 

anyway speaking of busy bees, here are some lovely tired tree bees having a sugar drink and a nice hot water bottle...


Sunday, 5 May 2013

The great big miniature essay

My 8000 word essay is due rather soon, its about miniature in children's literature. Its given me a marvellous excuse to pore over my favourite childhood books, discover brand new ones and drink a hell of alot of coffee. (no such thing as too much caffeine when a deadline is looming!)

Here are some photos i've taken, because a. i need a writing break and b. im putting off the epic task of scanning a billion illustrations!

Looking at my desk I realise I'm very fortunate to get to read so many marvellous books for uni, i have spent the last few nights reading 'The borrowers' in bed! So I really ought not complain so much about having to write an essay. 

An old favourite, 'Brambley Hedge' (i wish i could live in that tree)
and a reasonably new discovery, 'The Shrinking of Treehorn' (edward gorey illustrations- mmmm!)

Twenty years have gone by and my reading habits haven't changed all that much! (thanks mum!)

hope you are all enjoying the three day weekend!


Thursday, 2 May 2013


The pond is full of frogspawn!

I get very happy watching the tiny specs grow tails and bust out of their eggs. legs next! I am a bit worried the fish are going to eat them all though :/

hope you are enjoying the much missed sun. ooo, and in case you havent seen it, this exists...


Saturday, 30 March 2013

eggcellent easter!!!

happy squishy fluffy chick day!

Do you find that rough versions of a drawing are usually better? 
I think maybe i'm more relaxed and not so worried about messing up. I actually prefer the mutant practice chicks! What do you think? 

Thursday, 28 March 2013

scribblings and splatters

Something is brewing in my sketchbook. not quite sure what. 

I'm hoping this is a george's marvellous medecine type situation where the more i chuck in the better the outcome?

oh yes, and i scared myself with many faces..

I also have been to ye old Fitzwilliam Museum to see Quentin Blake's Drawn By Hand exhibition. 
If you happen to be in the cambridge area this is a must see. Its on until May 12th and its freeeeee!

Here are some photos i didn't sneakily take of rather lovely scribblings and splatters.

I often keep ink- test scraps of paper. I find them rather delicious!
This one is up on my wall at the moment, there's something sea creature-y about it.

Anyway my giant essay (its 8000 words) (shh i know, not that bad) is looming, so i have predictably done all the spring cleaning, written this blog post, registered to vote, ordered various clubcards, and listened to the Taylor Swift- featuring a goat song a hundred times. 

If you have any other procrastination suggestions please do send my way...

Monday, 18 February 2013

what's in the cattic!?

I have been a bit obsessed with getting a cat. So naturally my sketchbook is now full of them.

But not nice fluffy kitties... instead its all about the mean, muderous, predator felines!

I wonder if drawing bloody rodent bits is particularly child friendly though? It made me chuckle anyway.

No real rodents have been harmed making these drawings. (cant say the same for the imaginary ones)

[excuse the photos i'm staying at me mas whose scanner is only useful for balancing your cup of tea on]

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