Friday, June 26, 2015

October picture

Katie at Storytellers, Incasked me if I'd like to contribute to their 2016 calendar - and I was lucky enough to snap up October! 

I've enjoyed working on it, although I went through a few iterations before settling... 

First I was thinking something Toucans-based:

It was good to remember how much I love drawing these two - it was like looking at the faces of old friends again - but this didn't feel like it was working. I think it's partly the difference between the function of an illustration as part of a narrative verses one you might potentially be looking at every day for a month...

So then I did some Halloween costumes:

I love using the black background against the bright colours, but nothing much was going on here.

Then I thought about making a small narrative, and drawing characters at a size I feel comfortable with, so I combined the two above ideas and got the one below.
 I'm happy with this one - it gets across the atmosphere I was hoping for, and has a tiny narrative and a bit more to look at.

I'm looking forward to seeing the other months!

"Lumos!" - or, as Emma suggested on Instagram: "Lumouse!"

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Unseasonal drawing

*click picture to see a bit bigger*

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Careful what you wish for

Plumbers' horror film

It's underneath you!!!

What about the poor guinea pig carpenters in the next screen who went to watch Saw?!?? Ho ho!

I'm drawing the toucans for the Storyseekers Inc calendar this year, I managed to bagsie October which made me think of this "joke"! Toucans and pumpkins ahoy!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Friday, June 5, 2015

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Digby Dog Saves the Day publication day!

"Now, there was something on my list, something to remember about today, what was it...?"

"Oh YES! I remember! Today is Digby Dog Saves the Day publication day!!"

Packed with more search-and-find spreads to keep you busy for ages, follow Digby on another day filled with deliveries and new friends!

Celebratory gif?? YES PLEASE!

Digby Dog Saves the Day, the follow up to Digby Dog Delivers, is published today by Macmillan Children's Books and will be available in all good bookshops. 

With heartfelt thank yous again to my favourite find-and-seekers, Emily and Emma. As is always the case - it was great working with you both. 
"Dad, let's not forget to buy your second biography, Digby Dog Saves the Day!"

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Zebra X-ing

The follow up to Digby Dog Delivers, Digby Dog Saves the Day, publishes this Thursday! And here is a gif made from one of the arcade games in the last big spread. 

I just finished reading Zac Gorman's fantastic book Costume Quest, and looking through his blog I saw a video game gif he made, which inspired me to make this one move too!

Now this is a very technical game, and is bound to confuse and upset anyone who is not really down with zebra crossings, lollipop men and hidden levels. So let's let the monkey play, shall we??


Now I have a taste to gif-up Cactus Attack! and Worm Guys, two other games in Digby's arcade...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


This is Will - he's out looking for Love Letter inspiration! 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Digby Animation

The really nice and talented animator Michael Whaite sent me this super gif of Digby that he made! He emailed me last year to say that he and his daughter were enjoying Showtime for Billie and Coco, and then recently he sent me this lovely animation! It's exciting for me to see Digby in motion...

Thank you Michael, I really love it! 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

More comic ideas

I haven't done drawing in panels for a long time, and I'm really enjoying the challenge - it feels like a puzzle, moving things around to make them work - or like putting together a teeny play. And it's good to try new, looser ways of colouring and with thicker outlines, so that the small details don't get lost. 

It's also making me think a lot more about perspective and backgrounds - I tend to draw things side-on and leave it there, but I'm thinking more about angles... well, starting to!

This one is set in a weird town, 
and the main characters are the police, Jessie and Sid.

And I'm making more stories for my desert characters, Bill the pig is appearing a lot, so perhaps he's my favourite...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Digby Dog Saves the Day

I've had some advance copies of my follow up to Digby Dog Delivers - Digby Dog Saves the Day! Deciding delivering was not sufficient, Digby is also coming to his daughter Petal's rescue in this one!

Here are some pics of my favourite bits...

Digby and Petal together again!

Another busy morning at the post depot.

And he's off! Don't cry frog man!

At the park, eating pizza and romantic rowing!

 At Orla's Mechanics - my favourite spread to draw, I think! I used to hate drawing cars but they're becoming something I'm quite keen on!

 At the gallery - spot the bored teenage lizard!

At the arcade. I'd like to have a go on Zebra X-ing and Worm Guys!

Close up in the arcade - can you defeat The Claw??

Digby Dog Saves the Day is published by Macmillan Children's Books this June.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


This pig is quite the hypochondriac.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

On the highway to...

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??