Monday, 10 December 2012

Mystery Land Exhibition with Pencil Play and others

Am quite excited and thrilled to have been asked as part of Pencil Play Collective to be part of an exhibition called Mystery Land which is currently taking place at Z Arts in Manchester.  More information about the exhibition can be found here.

I created a piece specifically for the exhibition which i'm really proud of. I took ideas which i had developed in my designs for this years Christmas Cards, which were based on Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales with a wintery theme and developed them further into this one off landscape piece.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Pencil Play Collective

I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to be part of a new illustration collective called 'Pencil Play', a group of 10 lady illustrators with a shared enthusiasm for children's illustration. Each month will see one of us setting a theme for us to respond to, and I have just completed my illustration for the first theme 'Science and the Zoo' today:
We also have each illustrated a letter for the banner, mine was the flamingo: 

The amount of positive feedback we've already received has been brilliant, and i'm very excited for our future as a group, and i hope one day we'll all get to meet in person.

You can find us at  and on twitter: @pencilplay and facebook

Saturday, 18 August 2012

getting up to speed ...

It has been pointed out to me in the last few days that i am absolutely appalling at keeping this blog up to date, so i thought i should probably post an entry of some of the things i have been working on.

I was very excited this week to finally get my paws on a light box to replace my rather awkward technique of sticking things to the window and hoping the light is strong enough to see through to the drawing paper. So i'm really hoping this will help me with some of the projects i have on the go - such as the hand lettering for my sister's wedding invites.

I've been working on a lot of competition entries, so as soon as i can i'll get some of those images up too.

However i shall share a couple of images i created this week which i'm feeling rather proud of ...

I used to do a fair bit of portrait work, and so i thought i would see if my drawing skills were still up to scratch and use the results as the basis for some experimentation with my colouring techniques. The first is a rather flattering self portrait, in one of my favourite hats which i drew whilst listening to some Camille O'Sullivan and i think the cabaret influence can be seen in this picture. The second is a portrait of my good friend Lisa, who has the most marvellous hair (even if some of it is borrowed).

Monday, 4 June 2012

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Long time, no blog, naughty me

Oh dear, i have been a bit lapse at posting to this blog, i hope this post will be the first step of getting back into the routine of it.  

Anyway, to get the ball rolling here is a doodle i drew on thursday evening, at the brilliant fun and awesomely ace Doodle Planet, i think he is a happy cloud whale ....