Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas

Sending happy thoughts and peace to all this Christmas - after a spectacularly crud 2016 even the angels are agitated for this year to be done, and a fresh new one to start. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - Here's hoping 2017 is a good one!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

YSP 2017

As some of you may or may not know, I'm currently working towards a large solo show to open at Yorkshire Sculpture Park next summer, 2017. Read more about my ideas and inspirations in this press release HERE.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

World Animal Day

It is World Animal Day and my book An Animal ABC is due to be published next week with Pavilion Children's. Here is the 'marvellous menagerie' that can be found on the pages inside... 

Monday, 3 October 2016

An Animal ABC - Book Launch!

It is my book launch next week! If you'd like to come along and buy a book and get it signed come to House Of Illustration next Tuesday (11th October) from 6.30 - 8pm. There will be wine and stickers and special launch night prices of my ABC prints. If you can RSVP please do to so we can get an idea of numbers (i.e have enough glasses of wine) but you won't be turned away if you don't get a chance to. Look forward to seeing you all. x

Monday, 26 September 2016

An Animal ABC - publishing

Continued from last week...

So it was from my hefty 50x50cm plan for an illustrated and rhyming ABC that my picture book with Pavilion Children's was born. We scanned each of the screen prints for the book, so it would be as true to the original as possible, edited the rhyme a little, added a curious fact for each animal and a little quiz in the back and we has a book! The book is set to be published on the 13th October - watch this space for more information about the book and a launch/signing event.

Here is little and large sitting next to each other on my shelf.

Monday, 19 September 2016

An Animal ABC - printing

Continued from last week...

I have an ongoing working relationship with The Print Block in Whitstable where all of the animals were hand printed by Suki. Once we had established between us the 4 colours, and how they needed to layer up for each one they were good to go and each letter has since been printed as a limited edition of 30. These are still available to purchase - they are 60 x 60cm, 4 colour screen prints at £100 each. Email me at: if you are interested in purchasing one - the full set is available to look at on my website HERE.
It was at this point that I started thinking of it as a book/ narrative and decided to write a rhyme for each letter, and kept aside a number of the edition of prints so that I could bind it together (at the lovely London Centre for Book Arts) into a hefty 50x50cm book.

Above are some pictures from this process.

Monday, 12 September 2016

An Animal ABC - process

Continued from last week...

As I work quite a lot in screen print within my personal work I wanted to produce a series of prints where I drew the layers completely by hand (as often for time and ease I work with a combination of hand drawn elements and photoshop composites). I decided to start with a simple ABC as a starting point, and chose ‘animals’ as the subject so I could enjoy playing with mark making and textures to build up the variety of animal’s skins and furs and feathers.
I always draw in black and white using a combination of brush and indian ink, black acrylic and white ink sometimes working inversely onto black. I often paint pages of marks and textures which I can then cut out and collage together, working with a lightbox to pre-empt how the layers of the screenprint will come together.
However at this point I did scan in the layers so I could digitally (i.e quickly) see how the colours would sit together, and add the type, before preparing my drawings as acetates to be exposed on to screens.

Above you can see some of my schemings for which animals to draw, very quick composition sketches and the ink drawings for the layers.

Monday, 5 September 2016

An Animal ABC - inspiration

As my book 'An Animal ABC' is due to be published in the next month - I thought I'd give a little insight into how it came into being.

An Animal ABC began life in a quiet spell at the beginning of a new year (tends to be the same every year as a freelance illustrator!). 
After a year of being swamped with much more commercial commissions and being tied to quite strict briefs I wanted to be able to just spend some time enjoying drawing, for the sake of drawing. 
I chose quite quickly on to work with a limited colour palette (as I usually do) of just 4 colours across the full 26 prints within the ABC - taking inspiration from some of my favourite lithographed childrens books of the 1940s and beyond; The Puffin Picture Books by artists like Edward Bawden, Sheila Robinson and Enid Marx to name a few, as well as looking at some of my favourite alphabets (Eric Ravilious, Enid Marx, Brian Wildsmith, Clarke Hutton...) and revisiting ephemeral finds in my scrapbooks.

Friday, 12 August 2016

An Animal ABC

Delighted to announce that my Animal ABC is being published by Pavilion Childrens this October. I just got my hands on the super advance copy and am so pleased to see how it has turned out...more info to come soon but hurrah for now.

Thursday, 11 August 2016


Delighted to see that 'Curiocity' by Matt Lloyd-Rose and Henry Eliot has reached the bookshelves this week. I helped produce some illustrations for their book which provides an unconventional A-Z of London life complete with illustrated maps by a variety of illustrators including myself.
I illustrated L (Livery) and O (Olympia) in the A-Z shown here in the photos I stole from their twitter page.

Textile Collage

Very excited for my mum whose first book 'Textile Collage' is set to be published in September by Batsford Books. It chronicles both her working practices and inspirations and provides a little insight on how to get started yourself. Watch the bookshelves in your local bookshop in the next few weeks! I got a sneak preview of the advance copy a couple of weeks ago when I was back in Newcastle and it looks beaut - very proud! 

Cancer horoscope

Just came across this illustration that I had forgotten I had made for Red Magazine's horoscope section a few month's back!

Friday, 3 June 2016

The House in Norham Gardens

Nice to see this book cover I did a little while back for Puffin with Anna Morrison, out and about....

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

'One of a Kind'

The 'One of a Kind' show at Emma Mason Prints in Eastbourne is now available to preview online. The show opens this Saturday from 10am. 

Friday, 8 April 2016

Heads, Bodies and Legs - A Book of Consequences

Heads, Bodies and Legs is my new book with Design For Today. It is a book of consequences for you to cut up and enjoy the surreal manifestations that evolve. It is a limited edition, spot colour litho book printed in the UK- the first 100 will be signed and come with a free concertina mini book and will be available through Design For Today. The book launch is going to be next Saturday at Townhouse Spitalfields from 2-4.30 so come along to get your hands on a copy first!

One of a Kind - An exhibition of monoprints

I am pleased to be contributing some work to 'One of A Kind' an Exhibition of Monoprints, at Emma Mason Gallery in Eastbourne, which opens next Saturday, 16th April.
All pieces in the show will be one-offs and the show will include work by Chloe Cheese, Melvyn Evans, Michael Kirkman, Ed Kluz, Andy Lovell,Flora McLachlan, Rob Peel, Charles Shearer and myself.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Crabtree and Evelyn

I am excited to finally be able show the illustrations I produced for Crabtree and Evelyn, to be used to make up this brightly coloured Toile De Jouy design which is being used across packaging and products as part of their Spring gifting range. The designs are available instore and online now - you can also watch a film showing the inspiration and process behind the project HERE.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Hop Picking

I realised I was going to post about this print straight after the opening of my show and never got round to it!
I produced an exclusive print for Mascalls Gallery, in conjunction with my ABC exhibition, looking at the Hop Picking tradition associated with the Kent countryside. London East Enders used to come down in the summers to pick hops to make money to take back home with them. This print is a celebration of that history and was a way of linking my base in East London to the more rural Paddock Wood in Kent where the gallery is based.
It is a limited edition of 30, £120, 5 colour screen print. Print size is 76 x 49.5cm and is currently available exclusively from Mascalls Gallery.