Friday, 31 December 2010

Jungle Fever

For the final project before we broke up for Christmas we had a project in which we had to sum up the main things we had learnt that term in an interesting way. The more I worked on this project the more it made sense for it to have an Aztec/Jungle theme - to illustrate the points I had listed. Hopefully it also made it more interesting to look at too!
I think this and the experimental type were helped along with the fever I had at the time!

Website is up!

Devon only knows why I didn't post about this sooner... here is my new website!
Please go to to have a look.

Hope to make improvements soon as there are still a few points to iron out, but for a first try (making it from scratch in dreamweaver) I'm pretty pleased!

I also hope to add an additional sketchbook section soon so that the work sketchbooks can also be viewed.

Thursday, 9 December 2010


Our christmas card for this year! Hoorah!

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Birthday balooza

A quick birthday card I knocked out yesterday, but the results surprised me! Not too shabby.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Contact the 2nd, and sketchbook headers

Here are the headers for the sketchbook page and and tweaked contact page. We are back on track!

Sunday, 5 December 2010

contact header

This is the 3rd banner I've just finished for the website. Not so sure about this one, but I'm in a bad mood so thats probably affected it. I'll go and have some pancakes and do some knitting and then the world will be better again.

Friday, 3 December 2010

website headers

These are some of the headers I have been working on for my new website (coming soon). The top one will be for the illustration page, and the 2nd for the design page. But knowing me they'll be changed before they get used!

Saturday, 27 November 2010

seed play update 1

Here begins my updates of the fun I had for this last project. Theres a fair whack to come as I had 2 weeks of uninterrupted image making to play with, DROOLLLllll...........

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Lazy Sunday seed experiments

Playing with layering in photoshop with some of the images I've made for the current brief.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Seed pond

Illustration experiment for our current project based around collections. Digital collage using made textures and drawings.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Frrrrringe Festival drawings (I'm cold)

Here is some of the drawings I did in build up work for the piece below. It was great fun just having a few days to get lost in a couple days of just drawing.

Fringe Festival

Below is the flat spread for a promotional leaflet for Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This is our first project in which we used our own illustrations. Some areas are cut out on the actual final piece (when it's all folded up). You can see some of the individual pages/details above. I will put up some images of the final piece when we get them back from marking.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Jon Klassen layout

Here is the final piece for our previous Uni project (for an imaginary book spread). The purpose was to practise layout and typography, aswell as broadening our knowledge of illustrators/designers. I was given the wonderful work of Jon Klassen, and I hope I did him justice. I got a 2:1, and for once think I did a reasonable job, so I'm happy. Want to try and find some bigger images (none were available at the time) to improve on this.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

I did it!

The finished piece! I'm really quite chuffed, what with it being my first digital collage of separate drawings. I can't wait to try it out again with the next one. I especially love the how the patterns worked out for the fish.
For those who are unaware Star Gazey pie is a cornish dish originating from a legend based in the costal village of Mousehole. (Read 'The Mousehole Cat' by Antonia Barber, I grew up with it, it's amazing and features great illustrations from Nicola Bayley).

Starry Gazey Pie in progress

It's coming along! This is taking a little longer than expected as I'm certainly learning along the way but so far it's what I pictured. Any comments appreciated, as this is my first illustration using this method (like a drawing collage in photoshop).

Monday, 13 September 2010

Starry Gazey Pie

Some build-up work for Illustration Friday 'Star Gazing'. This was a few weeks ago but it sadly got moved to a lower priority whilst the 'big move' was in it's final stages. This week it SHALL be completed! I like it so far so I'm determined to get it done.

Monday, 6 September 2010

The Octopus

This drawing was made about a year ago, before my tutors had taught me how to 'draw properly', so it's a bit naive, but I still like it. I had a brilliant time drawing it as the octopus was really active, wriggling around all over the place - hence the broken lines and scribbles.

The Octopus 2

An etching made during our uni etching induction. This was made from the original octopus drawing I made at Tynemouth aquarium, which I've been meaning to but on age. It will be added above next.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Photoshop / Wacom experimenting for I.F

My first Wacom illustration! AND my first illustration friday. Thought this would be a good chance to try out the wacom properly and take some scary steps into the deeper relms of photoshop. This is why it's turned out far too computery than I would normally like. Next time..lots of lovely ink, paint and pencil. THEN photoshop...Scrummy

Monday, 7 June 2010

East Neuk Open Studios

Hilke MacIntyre

Elizabeth Shepherd

Lovely Pigeon
What a weekend! We had a 8 hour round journey up to Fife to go to East Neuk Open Studios, but it was worth it! Above are my favourite places, the photos don't do them justice. I also had no idea Fife was so flippin' lovely and the sun shone on the first day at least! To top it off I even got to meet Jill Calder (see below) who was really lovely.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010


OH MY GIDDY AUNT. I am rather shocked to discover that I have not yet blogged Jill Calder. She is my favourite. And has been since I was shown her website. If these send you giddy lets start a club and perhaps you should have a peek at Enjoy!

The late shows

Sadly my camera died a death so there are no pictures to show you the loveliness of the late shows. There was glow paint and candles and illustration and print and music and ceramics and glass and wine and paint (not mixed) and lots more. Everyone seemed to have a jolly good time. It was a bit like christmas. You can find out about the next one at (it's much more fun than it looks). My favourite was (which was also much more fun than it looks!) It had studio on beautiful studio of things that made you feel fizzy and excited. Good times. If only there was more like this......

Brian Wildsmith is lovely

A few of us from Carlisle went along to seven stories as part of the late shows (in Newcastle) and in a plain looking side room we got a lovely shock. The work reminds me rather alot of another of my illustration idols (all bow) Jill Calder. I think it's the mark making and use of colour. Yummy in my eye tummies

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Dwayne's lovely whale

This is an image created by my tutor Dwayne Bell ( who teaches us all about the wonderful world of illustration at Cumbria Uni. It is lovely.

Sketchbook project

This is a page from a sketchbook we had to fill for uni, based around the campus. It's a pretty simple image but i like the way it came out.