Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bits and bobs

I'm working on a few things at the moment, none of which are in a state of readiness, but I wanted to put a few bits up...

I'm having a go at a new range of cards, aiming to have them ready and printed by the time I go up to Thought Bubble in early November. I have a table there for the first time, and I'm so looking forward to it - there are some great contributors going and it should be a super weekend! 

Bit of a card in progress!

I'm also still working on my longer form comic ideas - the setting has changed but the characters remain. Here are two of them meeting a sinister stranger!

I feel lucky to still be illustrating Tralalire every month - here are Pouët-Pouët, Cacahouète and Patatras cosying up while it's cold outside.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Draw It! Colour It! Creatures

A little while ago, my excellent editor Emily Ford asked whether I could contribute to a project she was making at Macmillan Children's Books - and I received an advance copy yesterday. 

This is book is lovely; beautifully produced with many inventive, funny ideas inside. There are plenty of opportunities for colouring, plus some great exercises for drawing and imagining. 

I honestly think, bias aside, that this is one of the nicest drawing books I've seen - there is so much to get you thinking and drawing, and spurring the imagination while leaving a ton of scope for individual ideas and style. It's not prescriptive, and in concept reminds me of a book Lynda Barry might make to encourage ideas.

The excellent spreads inside range from drawing a nemesis for Alexis Deacon's monster...

to adding hairdos to Jules Bentley's wonderful characters (definitely going to do this one!)...

to finding shapes and patterns on Zehra Hick's funny spread...

to drawing lovely fish for Marta Altès's mermaid...

to adding to these shapes for Yasmeen Ismail's lovely idea...

to finishing these mirror drawings of a rabbit and a dog, by me! 

This book is really special, and I'm proud to be included. 

Thanks and congratulations Emily and Macmillan Children's Books!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Welcome to Rickety: New Specs

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This was an early episode idea - I'm still thinking about the name of the town as Rickety doesn't quite work... I wanted Weirdsville but that's taken... maybe Oddsville...?!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Kitty cushions

I have some cat cushions available in my shop. These guys are hand printed by me onto hand sewn by me cushion covers, and include cushion pads, 16" x 16". Sure to brighten up any sofa!

£25 each including cushion pad and postage. CAT BARGAIN TIMES!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Welcome to Rickety

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I've been working on some longer form comic ideas - this one's about a weird town, where strange things happen - Twin Peaks/Eerie, Indiana-style stuff - this was the "pilot" introduction. 

I'm loving working in panels SO MUCH but it is hard!! And very different to working in pages for children's book illustration. 

I've been reading Scott McCloud's books (think I've come rather late to them, and they are very helplful!) and thinking about different compositions etc... anyway, I'm going to keep on going, though I think this idea for a serial still needs a lot of thinking and work.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

3 star theory...

This is pretty much me in front of most film posters these days. Ben calls this my 3-star theory, as in that's how good he thinks it is. But he's wrong - and he made me watch Source Code, which was a right waste of my time, so this is also a loooong callback to that. xxxx!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Birthday girl!

It's my lovely goddaughter Bea's birthday today - she made a Kermit gif a while ago when we spent an afternoon together, and here he is again to say happy birthday!

Happy birthday Bea! Hope you have a great day. xxx

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Filter fun!

I'm working on a new idea, and wanted to do an atmospheric picture to see
if I could get the look I'd like. I had fun doing this kind of filter with Showtime! 
when Billie is having stage fright...

And oh look, here's quite a similar composition really ahem!! 
This is Mr Magnifico doing his butterfly trick, with someone sinister watching 
on from the audience... the audience have the Hue/Saturation filter over them, set on 
Multiply, so they're a bit darker and less saturated.
And here's with a different setting, further desaturated, which I think I like... 
I foresee endless fiddling ahead! 
Photoshop RULES - ain't that the truth??

Sometimes I worry that I'm too dependant on my computer for colouring, and if the day comes that all computers go busto I'll be in trouble... then I remember that if the day dawns when all computers are indeed bust, we'll be facing bigger problems than whether I can desaturate a hat-wearing rabbit to the right degree...

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Magicians' duel

What's at the top of that rope???

Tuesday, July 7, 2015