Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Illustrator of the week

Those nice people over at Children's Illustrators decided I am their Illustrator of the Week.
That's mighty nice of them. I didn't even have to buy them sweeties or make tea or anything.

It's nice when someone notices what you do without having to jump up and down like a crazy thing.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

In praise of collectors...

My wife has a thing about a specific brand of pottery. She's not shown any previous signs of becoming a collector until now. So, when she sees a piece she wants, she tells me that she 'NEEDS' it.
There are three people that live in our house, yet we have over thirty of this particular make of mug.
Still, as long a it makes her happy.
It got me thinking about what type of obscure things other people might collect.
The star attraction of this fella's collection is a classic original 1963 key from a Fray Bentos corned beef can.
It's amazing what can be found when researching stuff. Apparently, in 1963-64, inadequate chlorination of water used at the Fray Bentos factory in Argentina led to an outbreak of typhoid in England and a particularly nasty occurence in Aberdeen in 1964 when over 500 people were hospitalised. Enough to make a celebrity out of a corned beef key. Let's call it the 'Typhoid Key'.

Once I'd inked the piece, I scanned the line art, just in case it went wrong. Well, it would be such a shame for all that pen work to be wasted.

Sunday, 25 January 2015


I had a little time on my hands this week and was flipping through some of my sketches. I found one that called out to me to progress it. So I did.

Minnow - 10" x 4" pen and ink with acrylic ink wash.

 And a closer look.