Saturday, 1 August 2015

Show and Tell III

The finished composition for 'Show and Tell'. I have enjoyed doing this piece and I think I may develop it further soon.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Show and Tell II

Mouse showing his earwig.

Weasel showing his common blue butterfly.

Fox showing his ladybird. Some more details from my 'Show and Tell' picture.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Show and tell I

I am away from home and have been for a couple of weeks which means my internet has been intermittent. I have been trying to keep up with daily blog posts but have been unable to spend time pursuing as much research as I normally do.
This morning I found myself looking at Illustration Friday to see what this weeks theme was, it was 'nature' but it is Friday in about 15 mins  . . .  I have started my piece and I will finish it first thing on Friday but by then it's the next theme.
So here(above) is a tiny detail from 'Show and tell' for the theme of Nature. I will share the completed one on Friday.
Below was my initial sketch for this theme which was less optimistic, an old mother nature with a very diminished wildlife.

It rained and rained and rained some more.

It rained and it rained and it rained . . . so I invented a purveyor of rain clouds, storms and drizzle, and enjoyed painting all the different types of cloud and rain.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Mary Kate McDevitt

A selection of works for a 100 day challenge that Mary Kate McDevitt has been working on '100 days of people and pets'. Mary is a Graphic designer, typographer and incredibly successful teacher on skillshare.
This is of course a very appealing project for me as it is a theme I have touched on many times and I greatly admire Mary's retro style, limited palette and humor.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Amelie Flechais

French illustrator Amilie Flechais wonderful wild fox haired old lady. I love Amilie's illustrated worlds, her people and creatures that are so alive in her books and comics. Amilie also works as an animation artist, I would love to see her produce an animation of her own work. 

Monday, 27 July 2015

The Rain Gatherer

He caught the sky's tears.
In a dented pail . . . with a hole,
To allow some to escape
and not just become water.

Sunday, 26 July 2015


I live in a country where it rains often. This summer it seems to be raining everyday, so much so that I am forced to acknowledge it, not ignore it, turn my back and stay inside dry.
Rain is always portrayed as a bad thing a cloud accompanying bad luck or a grim mood.
However yesterday as it poured down it was magical. It played with the light coating everything in perfect spherical diamonds, it created incredible patterns in the loch and in an especially wonderful moment I saw a shoal of fish like a puddle of light beneath the surface, swimming excitedly, seeming to enjoy the disruption in the surface tension of the water.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Ira Deshalyt II

'Fragments from the alphabet', revealing all sorts of characteristics of the letter forms by Ira Deshalyt  Ira's illustration work is a delight but not much of it make it onto the internet. I really like her scruffy sketchy style and the personality that she achieves in her characterization.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Insects as Pets

Today I started thinking about Devil's coach horse beetles. I have only ever seen one and I was amazed by it, it's size and just the fact I hadn't seen one before. This thought led to me thinking about who would have a Devil's coach horse beetle as a pet and how of course it would have to be an undertaker.

Then I thought about what kind of insect pet a gardener would have and came up with these two. I like the ladybirds expression and high heels. My last pet of the day was a skater and I thought a slatter (woodlouse) would be best match as I could imagine all those little legs kicking off.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Ri Tori and Zilasaule

Homes for fears is another project by Ri Tori and Zilasaule whose Holey plates book I featured yesterday. I love the idea behind this where you create a new home for your fears so that they can leave you and strike out alone making your mind and body a happier place. The mix of very sophisticated imagery with scribbles doodles and photo collage is very engaging.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Holey Plates

Holey Plates is a collaborative book project by Ri Tori and  Zilasaule an illustrated book of food, imagination and drawing. Where food and ingredients become lands, clothing, flora and fauna.
"It is not at all about cooking or methods of drawings. It is about senses. What is a taste? What is a line and color? What does it really mean? Coud we draw a taste? Is it possible to draw a taste of salted potatoes or a taste of the white color?"
This is a wild book with illustrations and text spilling across the page to grab your attention and lead you on a journey of discovery and wonder. Each time you revisit the wonderful spreads, you encounter details you didn't see before hidden in the photo collages and tiny doodles.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015


I have had a request from a magazine and so I am busy working with leaves.
Here in Aviemore the leaves are generally very small silver birch leaves, however I found some Aspen leaves strewn on the ground after a storm. To me these leaves from an Aspen tree suggested a profile and so I am having fun making gossiping 1920's style lady leaves.
The lift of the nose gives a lot of character as does the shape of the lips.