Thursday, 30 December 2010


Hope everyone is having a great Christmas and New Year with plenty of cake, chocolates and sparkly lights!

christmas lights and sweets in a shop window

Sunday, 19 December 2010


What with all the snow we've been having, delivering the mail has got more difficult.

cat delivering mail
This is a quick one for IF which was originally an illustration for a calendar. It was drawn in my sketchbook and then digitally coloured. Click here for a larger version.

Friday, 19 November 2010


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Do you like owls? Of course you do! Want a 2011 calendar made up completely of the little feathery fellas? Of course you do! Well, look no further than My Owl Barn, where you can download a customised owl calendar with lovely illustrations by different artists. And it's all free!

Update, November 2011: The lovely people at My Owl Barn have kindly provided new and exciting owl illustrations for the 2012 calendar. Check out the sidebar for the updated version.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Winter in Berlin

Very icy and cold but very picturesque nonetheless.

wintery scenes of berlin
These pics are from February. I wonder if we'll have another freezing winter this year?

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Winter buddies!

crochet toys with scarfs
These little fellas love the winter time because they like wrapping up in their fluffy scarves and enjoying a delicious warm pot of tea on cold winter mornings!

Made using acrylic yarn and felt.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Bird brain

Finally got around to doing some crochet, and this little fella was the result.

crochet bird sitting on a plant
He shall soon be winging his way (!) to a friend over the Atlantic, along with a few other goodies!

Saturday, 16 October 2010

New Etsy shop

I have now opened a shop on Etsy selling some of my greeting card designs - printed and handmade. I'm planning to add some other bits and pieces in the future too (once I get my crochet skills up to scratch..!)

greeting cards

In the meantime, why not pop over and have a look...?!

Saturday, 2 October 2010


I was lucky enough to travel on a ship through the bay of Biscay in the summer. The deep waters out over the Continental shelf are inhabited by many different cetacean species. I didn't manage to see any near the surface, but sometimes I wondered if one of those huge mammals was down there, hundreds of meters beneath us...

watercolour painting of a whale
For IF - watercolour on paper. Click here for a larger version.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

The possibilities of paper!

Just stumbled upon this video showing a fantastic paper animation. Check it out!

Saturday, 28 August 2010


The immovable mountains...

painting of mountains
A quick one for IF. Acrylic paint on paper.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Star gazing

For this week's IF

woodland animals looking at the stars
Drawn in my sketchbook, then digitally coloured.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Charity cats!

Soon to be sold at a charity stall on behalf of Cats Protection, these slightly weird looking cats are part of my first batch of greeting card designs, printed by Moo! The original pictures were made in pen and watercolour.

three cat greeting cards
charity greeting cards

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Shameless plug (double)

You may remember this post way back, involving Karl Marx and... well, Karl Marx. I'm shamelessly bringing it up again not only to illustrate the topic of "Double" for Illustration Friday but also as a way of celebrating my very first batch of printed designs! The lovely people at Moo did a great job with them and I'm really pleased with the results.

karl marx greeting card
designer and blog information

Sunday, 18 July 2010


Always lick yourself clean after breakfast...

cat licking itself
A tenuous one for Illustration Friday yet again. This is one of a number of designs for greeting cards that I've been working on recently. Some cats have a habit of getting distracted whilst washing and forgetting to put their tongue away! This is one such cat...

Saturday, 5 June 2010


For Illustration Friday - if you were to go on a nature trail, you might see one of these:

pen illustration of a tiger lily
Click here for larger version. I completed it for the art course which I'm taking at the moment, and it's a Columbian Tiger Lily in pen and wash (after a pen drawing by the marvellous artist Claudia Nice).

Sunday, 23 May 2010


A flock of early birds for IF.

collage of birds sitting in a tree
Click here for larger version. The birds' "plumage" are the patterns found on the inside of envelopes.

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Berlin text

Some great typefaces from my recent trip to Berlin.

berlin signs
berlin lettering

Friday, 12 February 2010


Whilst adrift at sea, what do whales think about?

digital illustration of a whale
Another one for IF. Click here for larger version.

Saturday, 2 January 2010


Joseph thought maybe it was time to get around to renewing his passport photo...

illustration of joseph pulitzer
Tenuous as ever but a good theme for the beginning of a new year, courtesy of Illustration Friday. This picture is due to make a small appearance in a fan mission of the game Thief, which I heartily recommend.