Friday, 19 September 2014

Mean Bird

Found this hiding in the depths of my mac and it still made me smile, so it's been moved. A second chance to try and shape my future work. Lots of trials and errors going on here these days. Playing around with my work, trying to find an "in". Tweak the way i make my images. The series of images that this bird came from has reconnected with the kind of thoughts i'm now having. It's cyclical.

Thursday, 18 September 2014


Sometimes i convince myself that i want my work to be more complicated, more crafted, but then i find bits like this lurking in my computer files and i really find the simplicity satisfying. You'd think i'd know what i want by now! ... It's never that easy.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove

The latest in the Nick & Tesla Adventure books is to be published on the 7th October by Quirk books and as usual i provided the artwork. Thought I'd share some images of how the cover design developed. I'll get some of the inside illustrations up soon. This book has the kids building their very own (and very cool) Gadget Glove. It has a UV light, a torch, a voice recorder and an alarm!

The glove in full UV mode. I like to add simple colour to my sketches,
i just find it helps sell the idea better and it's nice to have an idea
of how the final cover might look.

It was decided to focus on the glove more.. and change to red

Wanting to get the action back, but zooming in to see some glove detail.

A tightened up sketch with background elements

The final Art. For some reason the background heart and brain got dropped on the actual cover
(they were giant display models!)

Monday, 15 September 2014


Next instalment of The WALL. I missed a week. I knew i would! Hard when no one's paying the bills. I have more complex images lined up, but each week i get beaten to it. Next week i promise excitement and.... colour! Did i say "promise"? ; )

Friday, 12 September 2014

Freedom, Debt and our Collections of Crap... Oh Boy!

Now, i don't think this guy's the most inspirational speaker ; ) but bear with him, i do like a lot of the points he makes in this little talk. It's something i'm thinking a lot about these days. Midlife crisis? The pointlessness of the path we end up on. Does what we do make sense for us now? What does freedom mean to us? What should we be doing with the rest of our days? Lots of questioning and trying to do better. Do we want the script we've taken? Can we change things or have we buried ourselves so deeply into our house and our stuff ? How much of our stuff is crap? what is our attachment to it? If it all went, how would we feel? (well, that one's me... i don't think Jakki could deal with that concept!). What if we had to adapt? There's a different world out there, it's just how much of the past you want to bring with you! Work > Buy > Debt... shoot me. I'm done with it (but is it done with me?) : )

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Hastings. A Model Town?

I haven't stuck anything about this great little town that i live in for a while, so here's a nice little toy town version of the place where i live. Welcome to Hastings, wish you were here.