Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Pink Plastic Princesses in development

These are the little Pink Plastic Princesses in development. Starting with dip pen and ink, then coloured with water colour. I found it quite hard when it came to adding the colour to this one, I liked the black and white effect, but I'm happy I got the guts in the end. Soon there will be prints of this one on sale at the Harding House gallery on the gorgeous Steep Hill in Lincoln (voted best place last year!). 

Monday, 30 January 2012

Josephine's Birds

One of my dearest friends Lills gave birth to the beautiful bouncing baby Josephine on January 15th. This is a little illustration I did just for her, Josephine's Birds... Welcome to the world Josephine, I can't wait to meet you!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Little Pigs, Little Pigs... Please let me in!

This is a little sneaky peak at my work in development. The top picture is the initial dip pen and ink stage. I love to use an old mapping pen, sometimes it has a mind of it's own, and creates unintentional splats and markings. This is why I enjoy working with it, I like to surprise myself! After the ink has dried, I then begin to add the colour. I prefer to use water-colours. I tend to use too much water at the beginning, so the paint becomes (like the mapping pens unintentional ink splots) uncontrollable. I then rework the painting, adding light, shade and playing with texture and pattern.

Sunday, 8 January 2012


This is another addition to my collection of seaside illustrations, only this time from the perspective of the local. I wanted to capture the serene nature of a seaside town in the morning. Soft blue light hanging over the town, the stillness of the water, only a couple of early birds are awake to see it. We can see their fire smoke beginning to emerge from their chimneys. Imagine them warming their hands by the fire, their porridge simmering on the stove, preparing themselves for a long day out at sea.