The Garden

I believe a garden is an important space. I love gardening and I find it very good for my mental & physical health. I have been struggling to begin on a project that requires me to draw trains, so I procrastinated by drawing something I love – plants and gardens.

I have also included a few images to demonstrate the hours of work put into actually making a final image – an insight, hopefully, into the unseen work, planning, researching, sketching of related forms and structures. Of course, there is the quickly drawn thing (think Quentin Blake) but mostly – and at least for me – creating an ‘illustration’ (as opposed to an observational study) takes thinking about. Considering where, and how, to ‘bend’ reality.

Anyway I enjoyed this and I’m pleased with it. Gicleé prints are available. Currently you would need to order by contacting me, via e-mail. Commissions considered.

Crazy Kat

Most recently I’ve been working on a model. I used to work as a model maker for Aardman, Bumper Films & Limbs & Things Ltd, so I guess it makes sense. I’ve made models before – but why now?

I have just chosen to end a particularly unproductive relationship with an agent. I was clinging onto that link to ‘success’ purely for the sake of my ego and it has been liberating to discover I have the courage to be un-agented.

Why make a model? I don’t know precisely. It has something to do with the development of the character but mostly because making things feels good. Handling materials in the real world, combining different media and skills, selecting the best material or method to make something – I find therapeutic and exciting. (Not to imply it was all just a breeze to make! See my next post to find out more about that).

So here are some pictures of the completed model.

And here’s a picture of the original concept sketch (quite a long story, drawn with my left hand).

Hopefully it’s a good story, to come…

Next post will be pictures of how she was made. I’m working up to doing YouTube Videos. Let me know in the comments section if you’d be interested in this.

Recent Work

I’m just leaving this here because I’ve unintentionally updated my blog’s theme (the old one now being lost forever). I am not used to it! I want my visitors to see a range of my work, not just the latest blog post (hairy, biker blokes in this particular instance) and so here are a few images from recent months. I have to leave it as it is here I’m afraid – for now – because my main website is offline (this is bad planning on my part, I’ll admit that). So once main site is up and running, I can come back here and get this right.

Blokes with Beards & Bikes

I have a friend, who has a friend, who has a bike. And this friend took some pics at a biker event she went to – and I drew these fellas from her pics.

I love all the badges. I like drawing beards too.

And I am excited about the method I am using here (also here and here), so I am just going to see where it leads.

I guess I’ll have to tackle the bikes next.

The Bones Of You

I love music and the lyrics of songs are really important to me.

Deciding to illustrate a song has come out of wanting a project. I didn’t want to write the words myself because I have written a couple of children’s books which have not been successful in capturing the hearts and minds of any publishers (I’ve been so very close) and I’ve lost confidence in my writing abilities.

So, I decided to illustrate one of my favourite songs, in a graphic novel format.

Here are some early ideas/experiments using ink & brush – which I loved using and am pleased with the results of (no pre-drawing) but which I decided not to use.


I love Elbow.

To my ears, their music is innovative, inventive and lyrically brilliant.

I could say a lot more about how much I love them and why – but it would involve too many superlatives.

I doubt my art work does them justice but it was a really useful project to set myself and to ensure I completed. And I am actually pleased with the results!


In the ‘reminiscing’ scenes I have tried to use sepia to differentiate them from the present scenes.



It’s also where I started working in this way – monochrome grey tones, Indian ink and spot colour.


Currently I am continuing to develop this technique – there will definitely be another post about this very soon (because the artwork is already completed). And I did All The Houses I’ve Ever Lived In/Little Boxes using the same materials, more or less. I’m pretty excited about working in this way.

In the meantime, here is the finished piece. Hope you, and Elbow & Guy Garvey, approve. Details about their music and links to their website are under the image, at the end of my post.


If you’ve not heard of Elbow (???!!!??) – you can see the song & video on YouTube

New album & tour dates out now – details on their website.

More Little Boxes

Well, I’m still going. There should be twenty when I am finished, even though I have lived in over 24 houses (counting everywhere I have lived for more than 3 months). What I think I am interested in here, not only the buildings themselves – but the potential for hinting at, or picking out some element of narrative from the bare bones of what is, essentially, a visual list, a collection. I’ve always been a little bit interested in collections, specimens, science experiments. There’s something of that in this project.

Incidentally, One of the 24 houses is pixellated on GoogleMaps. So, if you take a virtual walk down this particular street online, you come across a strangely distorted, blocked-out structure. It’s a little sci-fi. This house is one I lived in for 9 months aged 34, I don’t have any photos of the whole front of the building so it’s one of the missing 4. I have yet to work out if it will feature in the zine. It’s definitely one of the most interesting architecturally.


Little Boxes



I’m currently obsessed by houses. It’s predominantly an autobiographical project.

I have lived in 24 different houses (and a few more for just a very short time – or I have totally forgotten the address). This appears to be above average.

There is a story here that I am trying to tell and I think these houses are my way in. I don’t know where I am going, but I like the language I have found to draw these houses. Some of them were short stays – but the longest I have ever lived in any house is 10 years.

I am planning to make a zine. Watch this space…



The Importance of Planning

I have been exceptionally quiet completely silent on my blog over the past few months. I have been working hard on work for an exhibition that took place over the summer at Chelmsford Museum.

I have taken a year’s sabbatical from my part-time teaching job in order to concentrate on developing my own freelance work and a local not-for-profit organisation of printmakers that I am now a director of. There should be more activity on this blog now that I have a little more time – I plan to use it to help solidify the direction my work will take and, to a lesser extent, showcase some of my new work.

I’ll share with you my latest discovery – that a key ingredient of success, is planning. Planning generally, not just for specific image making. And here are some photos to prove that I can plan!! This is the planning involved with making a coloured screen print. I’ll be honest here – I’m not certain this print will ever get made (have I over-planned?)… but when you are freelance, every day involves assessing your most immediate priority (unless  there is an immenent deadline) and things take over, move on – before you know it you have new ideas and no longer have the inclination to make this particular piece. Who knows – perhaps I will return to it before long, and you will get to see the finished image.

In the meantime, back to my planning…