Monday 30 March 2009

Haiku #2

Second in a series of illustrated Haikus with Andrew.

Little Drawings #5

Blue Water Tiger Bug

Watercolour and Brushpen on watercolour paper.

Saturday 28 March 2009

A Year At My Back Door

My sister Ciara who keeps her lovely Milkmoon blog also keeps a blog called A Year At My Back Door which she updated with photos every few days for a year of the view from her garden which is in Wicklow and looks across at the Sugarloaf. The scenery and light changes dramatically every day and she manages to capture it beautifully. So after a year she decided to do a blurb book and it's absolutely amazing. Check it out here and buy a copy if you like it!

Thursday 26 March 2009

Little Drawings #4

Another little drawing. Don't know who this guy is.

Watercolour and Brushpen on watercolour paper.

Haiku #1

Speaking of Haikus, here's the first of a series of illustrated Haikus myself and Andrew worked on last year for fun. We've made eight of them so far with the intention of getting them published but have had no luck so far. I really love them and think they deserve a weekly outing in a publication don't you think! More to follow...

Wednesday 25 March 2009

Dystopia part 37

Dystopia part 37 which will be printed in the April issue of Totally Dublin. Nice Haiku by Andrew, he's very good at them for some reason.

Brushes App

I downloaded the iPhone Brushes app a few weeks ago and couldn't figure out what to do with it until I started seeing other peoples samples online. It's actually a great, really intuitive little application and amazing fun just using your finger as a brush. Here's my first two half decent attempts. I'll upload more as I do them.

Friday 20 March 2009

Worm Scarf

Blackbird with a worm scarf and hat.

Little Drawings #3

Third in a series of a bazillion and two: Jorge the wonder frog awaits, heart thumping, for the conformation at the final moment of the "Atlantis 2565 BC Olympics Mascot World Series Finale Decider"

In an unfair twist of fate he loses out to Carl the Conger Eel and retreats into life of solitude...

Watercolour and Brushpen on watercolour paper.

Wednesday 18 March 2009

Little Drawings #2

Second little drawing: Tommy Cooper practising as a child.

Watercolour and Brushpen on watercolour paper.

Waiting Room

Editorial illustration for Redactive in London through Folio based around embarassing illnesses I worked on last month.

Wednesday 11 March 2009

Little Drawings #1

Something I've been meaning to do for ages. I'm going to try and draw or paint a small picture and post it here at least twice or thrice weekly. Ideally I'd do one everyday but I'm a professional procrastinator at times.

I've been dying to try water colours again so I dusted them off and gave it a weird go.

Here's the first: The tone deaf robot.

Watercolour and Brushpen on watercolour paper.

PlayTown Mats™

Over the last few months I've been working through my US agent, The July Group, to develop illustrations for PlayTown Mats™, a Main Street Gardens brand of children’s play mats.

I really loved working on them as they are exactly what I used to draw as a kid, whole towns and cities with roads I'd drive my matchbox cars around all fully illustrated in wonky lines and crazy buildings. So it was great to finally create fully realised versions of what I had as a kid. The great thing about them is that they all interconnect so you can potentially fill a room with a selection of different mats and drive your cars all over them.

I'm working on five different mats at the moment but these are the first two that have been produced and are now on sale. Looking forward to testing them on my nephew Billy, lord of the toy cars.