Saturday, 27 June 2009


I will be exhibiting a few pieces of work at the Fidra Gallery in Edinburgh, 11th July - 29th August, as part of a group exhibition of children's book illustrations. I was excited to find lots of lovely artworks by brilliant illustrators like Simon Bartram, Polly Dunbar, Sarah Dyer, Petr Horacek, Neal Layton, Il Sung Na, Natalie Russell, and Ed Vere, among many others.

The Bologna Illustrator's Exhibition will also be travelling around Japan until the end of this year, starting at Itabashi Art Museum in Tokyo 11th July - 16th August, then onto Otani Memorial Art Museum (Hyogo) 22nd August - 27th September, Kawara Museum of Takahama City (Aichi) 3rd October - 1st November, then finally Ishikawa Nanao Art Museum (Ishikawa) 6th November - 6th December. I wish I could go too, but my bears will be travelling around Japan on my behalf.

Friday, 26 June 2009

Birthdays and celebrations!

Here are some recent pictures from my sketchbook. They were ideas for birthday cards for James Ellis Stevens. They didn't get chosen but maybe one day I can use them for something else...

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

My studio

'm a bit new to this blog world, so I'm not quite sure how things work, but I just wanted to thank you for your kind comments :)
I thought I would share some pictures from my studio.
This is usually the state of my floor and desk, leading up to a deadline. Paper paper everywhere!
Yep, things get pretty messy.
Poor decapitated giraffe. One day he might make it into a picture with a brand new head...

Friday, 19 June 2009

Let's make a cake

Here are a couple of spreads from my latest commission, a novelty book titled "Let's make a cake" for Froebel (Korea). It was quite a tricky project which required repetition and precision (not my strongest points), with a really tight deadline to boot. I hardly left my flat for a week.
I'm enjoying stepping out into the sun these days :) yey freedom!

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Lovely paper and things...

So many lovely things from Japan, I had to stop myself from bringing back the whole shop!
Beautiful washi papers, tenugui and furoshiki, postcards, a paper bag, and stationery by Colobockle - I like her work a lot.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Japan! (Part 5 - Tsuwano)

The annual "yabusame" horseback archery competition in Tsuwano was amazing, and a highlight of the trip.
The horse and archer roars past at such breathtaking speed and power, it was impossible to take any photographs. Has to be seen!!

Japan! (Part 4 - Matsue)

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Japan! (Part 2: Amanohashidate - Uradome Kaigan)

More holiday pics from Amanohashidate and Uradome Coastline.

Japan! (Part 3 - Tottori Sand Dunes)

Fun at the sand dunes!
Only in Japan do you see suited business men taking a casual stroll through the sand dunes!
The squid ink ice cream was not as bad as it sounds. It was just like a normal ice cream, only it looked a bit like cement.