31 March 2007



inspired...

...as part of a large group of illustrators, a travelling sketchbook was born...quite afew months on, a quicker travelling 'old' sketchbook was created and now a second one has been started by little old me. here is a fantastic book http://www.lookatbook.com/ and we were inspired so much so that we decided a fast travelling sketchbook could be done so to speak. bit of swings and slides and roundabouts here to explain it all so we will press fast forward, like what you did on a video player. i went to the great flea market of preston and bought a famous five book by enid blyton for a shiny pound to get doodling in and sent off and away to the next illustrator. if you click on the image, it will get bigger...magic. like pidgeons wearing wellies and carrying handbags.

16 March 2007



swimming together...

...in a big adventure across the pages of a dictionary. i decided to combine the two fish and one day we may see other fish pop in the pages-keep watching and looking readers. there are little stories in my sketchbook waiting to be painted out in then acrylics of mine which have been untouched for about a year-how very bad of me-i prefer pencil crayons to colour them in the sketchbook. i feel i have brought them fish to life abit more now.



todays post...

...from the lovely sarah. she is a star and made me smile today with these little gifts! the rabbit in the top left corner is a badge and is hand stitched from felt and is so very beauitful. the other little badge is very tiny and just as cute. please take a look at her website and blog to see the fun and fantastic crumps aswell and have a look at her fabulous work. http://www.miskellaneous.co.uk/
http://www.meetthecrumps.com/
http://magicalmiskellaneous.blogspot.com/


robot hairslides...

...thanks to the mister-these are my new hairslides to help control the fashion fringe. i saw these in manchester and so many other nice things-bless the nice man for getting them for me.



robot fish...

...are sad fish as they have to swim in a very particular fashion and order. they follow strict rules and guidelines and technically are not allowed to swim upside down but if they loop the loop quick enough without detection they get away without being noticed-see above diagram.

please click on the image to see it bigger. i have also started painting or at least trying to paint the old man doodle but abandoned it while it was drying to paint more fish! yay they make me smile-i hope they make other people smile.

14 March 2007



old man doodle...

...in the sketchbook from the old photographs i got ages ago from the flea market. i have just scanned him in and enlarged him somewhat ready to have a paint with the paints. am going to try painting him abit like i did with the fish-see what happens.

shaun the sheep-what a programme-my favourite one at the moment!

10 March 2007



a big fish...

...after painting the little ones, i decided to paint a big one on it's own and try and do abit more lettering-well focus abit more on lettering-big lettering. if you wish, double click on the image to see it bigger. i tired to paint it on the 'fish' page but i have already used that dictionary page for something else. the fish talk is inpsired by a line i read in the jules verne book, twenty odd leagues under the sea.



there they are again...

...these little fish couldnt resist another journey. this time across an old dictionary page. i bought the book from the local flea market in december and it has the best pages in it to paint upon. i am trying to introduce colour into my work and to try and doodle more-doodling what i like to doodle seems to help though i need to start drawing other things now. i had drawn some old people today that i think i will try paint or collage soon.

04 March 2007

fish collage...

...oh how i wish i was going to see the sea and all its waves sometime soon. this is abit of experimental digital work if you can call it that. i have just scanned in two layers-scraperboard fish and a tissue collage layer. then i played with the layer setting. nothing exciting i know but just trying to get some visual things going so i understand the computer abit more. still aint taken with digital work-it just all seems abit flat to me-well i aint got a clue what i am doing! i like being able to actually layer things up i guess with the printing work and combining printing techniques, like for example being able to create an etching layer and then taking the print from that to the silkscreen and making seperate layers from that print. like doing what the computer does but actually doing it for yourself. good olde worlde techniques.
houses...

...just thought i would pop the house doodles on my blog-this is a segment of a page. i have been drawing these whenever i can-havent done any for a while. i doodle them on the train back to manchester or huddersfield or on the buses back in huddersfield. i normally try and cover a page of my travelling sketchbook with a journey. the first doodles i ever did this way are really bad but as i kept on doodling they got better but then they got worse as i tried to get to much onto one page. on another note - the book cover work is going abit slow at the moment and the deadline is tomorrow.

02 March 2007



book cover work...

...as much as i love doing my lettering style so to speak, i have fallen out with it for afew hours as i have seriously hurt my neck and back by continous hours of doing scraperboard work. i completed the lettering this morning but have been resting since then. my hand now resemebles a claw and i ache all over! i have spent over a day doing the lettering for two book covers and it has taken longer than i had originally thought it would-probably because as usual i phaffed around-more phaffing than normal though! therefore the screen print has been postponed to next week as there is no point in rushing my images just to get it done for monday. i have still got the weekend and as planned will work on collage work and maybe attempt some digital exploring using the intended screenprint layers. the black bit is where the fish and other things will go when i get round to moving my aching joints again!