Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
As long as it's the turnoff to... HELL!
Oh dear, poor Cat and Rabbit - I think these two are just going to keep getting themselves into rotten situations. In fact, I've left them back in the cinema watching that horror film too... is rescue in store for them??
Thursday, March 19, 2015
I spent this morning screen printing these tree cats - again I'd managed to leave it longer than intended since the last time I went, so still felt like I was doing a refresher! Three colour cats, hanging out... they are pretty spattered with paint, I'll be selling them in my shop for not much, as they are not pristine... next time I'll nail it!!!
After the Party, 3 colour screen print, signed numbered limited edition.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Hello! Happy Friday the 13th everyone - I hope your day is filled with good luck!
In between preparing for Bologna (I'm not going this year sadly - couldn't quite justify it to myself but determined to try again next year!) I've been working on ideas for some young comics. My current fond plan is to pitch something to The Phoenix - wish me luck! I'm thinking of Twin Peaks, Eerie, Indiana style stuff...
I've also been working on another idea for a longer comic in book form.
One thing I have to be strict with myself about is not jumping in to colouring something way too early. I love pencil sketching, but then I get overexcited about how things will look with colour - which is a waste of time at this early stage. I have an idea about how I want this to look in colour, but should spend all my time at the moment figuring out the roughs! I'm beeeeeing PATIENT!
Also I drew a tractor, for Tralalire - Cacahouète, Pouët Pouët and Patatras are on a farm for the June issue. I have to give myself props about this tractor; I'm pretty proud - now I just need to find that tractor-based text that's crying out for an illustrator...
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Poor Cat! How is he going to get through this? And will he be scarred for life??
I saw Nightmare on Elm Street when I was 9 and it absolutely terrified me, obviously. Taking baths for years after was horrifying... well, that was my excuse, anyway!
Look out for those Certificates, guys!!
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Happy World Book Day everyone! I spent the morning at St Luke's School in Queen's Park, where we drew animals and had a lovely time! The children had on some great costumes, as did the teachers - a super Mr Tickle, a Huckleberry Finn, Goldilocks and the penguin from Lost and Found!
I also received some lovely photos.
Here is Isla, aged 5, dressed as Billie from Showtime for Billie and Coco!
And here is Dulcie, who is three years old and dressed up as Billie for nursery!
I love both these costumes so much - thank you for sending the photos to me, Helen and Megan!
I hope everyone is having a super day and enjoying whatever costume they are wearing! I didn't plan properly, so went slightly Toucan again - I'm digging this denim on denim look however...
Sammy's in the studio today and we are totally hanging out. Call us if you're having plumbing troubs!
Friday, February 27, 2015
Hello everyone, happy Friday! It's feeling entirely sunny and Springlike in London today, and I got the best seat on the top deck of the bus, the better to see it all from.
Today I have that Friiiiiday fashion feeling! I am a fashion plate:
On a scale of E to EXCELLENT I give today's outfit an EXCELLEN - coveted extra T to be added if my stupid hair calms down and stops looking bonkers (hair not shown on cat model).
Anyone else wearing a super Friday ensemble they feel good about?
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
Happy bright, cold Monday! I had a couple of commissions for Christmas this year which I thought I could post now.
This was based on a Norman Rockwell, and is now the third pastiche of him I've done. Can't be done enough I think!
Norman Rockwell - Triple Self Portrait, 1960
The one below is a portrait commission of some lovely cats, Scout, Al and Coco!
And in really happy news, the keyboard that I spilled a whole beer over at the office Christmas party, resulting in a complete lack of capital "i"s, has miraculously regenerated over the holiday! A New Year's miracle, no doubt.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
I just received a most super surprise parcel from the lovely illustrator Rachel Clowes. Her son Harry made a model of Olive in clay a while back - and here is his Digby Dog! He comes with a separate stand, and uses it a treat. He's so special, thank you Harry and Rachel, I love him and will treasure him!
Friday, January 2, 2015
This is now finished, thanks for playing guys!
I have some extra Digby co-editions, so I'm wondering if anyone would like some multilingual Digby action?
If you're interested, please leave a comment in the box below specifying which language you'd like, by midday on Monday 5th January. If there's more takers than books per language, I'll pull names from a hat, chapeau, hattu or Hut!
I can post free to Europe, but for anywhere further postage to be paid by winner please, by Paypal or bank transfer.
Plus two copies of the Toucans in German!
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
It's been nice going through old work to update my website (that sounds contradictory - but I guess some of the old stuff still seems relevant, and it's nice not to have it buried in my blog).
I found this picture of Molly Ringwald, looking stylish as always... her character in Pretty in Pink was the reason I started sewing aged 15, and has been the longest running style influence in my life. I used to think about making myself a WWJD-style bracelet for when I was clothes shopping - if ever I was unsure of what to buy: WWMW - What Would Molly Wear?
Sunday, December 7, 2014
I had such a lovely day at Hifest in Hastings yesterday. I went with Alice and Barney, and shared their table, and their snacks. I met so many great people. The organisers had done an excellent job of spreading the word and getting people through the door - it was a great turnout, especially for the first year.
As usual, Al and Barney were the best company. They were there with their new collective, Pinch Press - check out their stuff! And Barney's new graphic novel, Beetroot, is out any day now. I was lucky enough to see an advance copy yesterday - it is SUPER, and I can't wait to get my own copy!
Some of the wares I was selling
Setting up our stall!
Al and Barney manning the stand
The quality of other exhibitors was really wonderful - I could've ended up spending any money I made, but limited myself to these great pieces - the vase screen print is by Melissa Castrillon, the house with yellow moons by Somin Ahn (I love it - where is that house? What's happening? Why are those pigs hanging around???) and this brilliant card by Benjamin Phillips - a real pet portrait! Lovely lady dog.
I'm already looking forward to next year, and will plan to spend longer there and see Hastings. I can hardly feel walking from the carpark to the exhibition hall crossed it off my list...!
**Soundtrack: Absolute Crock: Tush, ZZ Top**
**Soundtrack: Absolute Crock: Tush, ZZ Top**