New Work – week 8

Week 8 already! Out of 52. A sixth of the way through the year. Am I dwelling on stuff? Of course not! Not me, nope. I’d never do that…

This week’s new work is not polished. They are, however, more refined than my usual Twitter doodles. They are grouped together by theme, as I’m a bit obsessed with local folklore at the moment. It formed a big part in my attempted ACE project but, sadly, that won’t happen now. So I’m doing my best to plough on and get something made anyway :)

The first is based on ‘Jenny Greenteeth’ and myriad other malevolent water spirits, mostly women, who lured people to a watery death. The second is based on the vast number of ‘white lady’ ghost stories in Yorkshire but also includes the unique tale of a ghost mouse. And the third is a concept image for a visual novel game I want to make, about a ‘black dog’ terrorising a village.


New Work – week 6/7

So, this group of work belongs to the same project that this post refers to, and had that same sense of being way out of my usual comfort zone.

I’ve never done any ‘live-drawing’ but always been curious about it. Some folk make a career or a business out of it. Sciberia instantly come to mind. Nevertheless, I put my boots on and my lucky scarf and I dived in, armed with a pad of marker paper and my lovely ageing Promarkers.


Stepping out of comfort zone (Week 4)

So it’s the fourth week in to the year (wow, it’s going pretty fast already!). This weeks new piece of work gets a post dedicated to it because it involved stepping outside of my comfort zone.

My work is bright, bouncy, usually quite organic with some real-media brushes thrown in. I don’t enjoy maths and grids and being restrained. So, what did I choose to do when I was approached with a commission based on a data city?



New Work – week 2

I was having so much fun with Dapper Dogs that I just had to make another design! :) Another two ticks towards my resolution-goals. The only problem is, by the time I finish a design, I think of loads more dogs I could do! There’s still British and American Bulldogs, Rough Collie, Border Collie, Boxer, French Bulldog, Rottweiler, Chow Chow…


New Work – week 1

So here we are, end of the first week of the year. Here’s a few snippets of the first brand new piece of work for the year (the full design can be seen on my portfolio).

It also ticks another resolution box – working on my Redbubble shop or overall merchandise selection. These would make fabulous buttons or stickers.

As an aside,  the visual style of these are slightly different to the rest of my Redbubble shop. I’ve still sketched out a design and then blocked everything in using vectors but instead of also using vector to create details, I took the design in to Photoshop to finish off. Both techniques have advantages and disadvantages. I’m going to see how the dog design pans out and take it from there :)

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New Year – Plan B

Plan B? What happened to Plan A? I turned it into a paper plane, lost it out of a window, and it’s now happily touring the globe :)

In all seriousness, 2015 has not treated me well. It has thrown some sticks and stones, and has broken some bones. I won’t dwell on the bad stuff, it’s already had a jolly old time dancing on my brain. All that matters is that I have a plan in place to make 2016 much much better :)

This is kind of a new-year-resolution post but mostly something to measure against throughout the year. It can be hard realising and then admitting that you don’t do enough work or you don’t paint enough or you are lacking some skills. Time to fix that, pronto!


Memory Palace – V&A Museum

All photos;

Installation image of Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace at the V&A
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

I’ll start with an admission that I am perhaps biased in favour of this exhibition concept – I love storytelling, I love exhibition design, and I love anything that transports you in to another world. I want to be immersed in something. Memory Palace offered just that – a walk-in book. A chance to be enveloped by a story, read it, feel it, see it.


Campfire on Wildcat Island

SAB Gallery, Leeds Met University
15 September 2012
I am not ashamed to say it – I am a geek for maps. Well, not entirely…I don’t get giddy over elevations or delirious over grids or anything. I just enjoy looking at, and interpreting, maps. They have a huge history all of their own (which this workshop has inspired me to delve in to at some point) and provide relief to ramblers all across the Yorkshire Dales every day. This workshop’s main focus was fictional maps, although to be honest it covered a broad smattering of other (some very) surreal ideas as well.