Tuesday, 9 December 2014


Drawing 16th Century Commedia dell’arte characters. 
This is Il Capitano (Scaramouche), a boastful swashbuckling shy coward. 

Sunday, 23 November 2014


"The Palace of Dreams" (click here for close up)

I was experimenting with monoprints last night. I like the grain and the looseness of the line.
I worked into this one with white acrylic, ink and gouache.

a grumpy cat (possibly based on Dan's cat Blake...)

jar of brushes and ink

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Portrait of Ed Miliband

Sophie Heawood in today's Guardian - It’s the age of the geek – so why does Ed Miliband still get such a bad press?  (here)

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Nigel Farage

The common, old school, ordinary man of the people, who just happens to be a public school educated ex-banker. Booooo! I'm sceptical of anyone who wants their politicians to be proficient in eating sandwiches and drinking pints - we might as well scrap the leader debates and turn the whole general election into a televised round of It's A Knockout. Curiously, in most pictures Farage wears a blue shirt, perhaps to symbolise his kinship with the struggle of the ordinary blue collar worker. He also seems to be quite fond of pin stripe suits, which tend to be favoured by psychopaths.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Picasso in Paris - reworking

I decided to rework my Picasso in Paris poster today - the big beige expanses had been niggling at me for a while. Most commissions I finish and move on without a backwards glance, but with this one I kept hearing a little voice saying "perhaps just a little bit of confetti?".

Original poster: 

(I think working on the collages has made me a bit more adventurous with colour and composition)

Art prints available from Society6 - click here.

Monday, 3 November 2014

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water - Alan Watts

My collage made using illustrations and photographs from the British Library's collection of public domain images is nearing its completion.

I worked through 300 pages of the collection (barely making a dent on it's total 10,212 pages) picking out any images which intrigued me. As I began to add images to the hexagons, I would make connections with other images, or find ways to manipulate and change them. Since nearly all of the images in the collection are black and white, I also added colour and adjusted the levels to suit my own purpose. Many of the images become visual metaphors, express feelings, or suggest part of a narrative.

The collage is A1-sized and comprised of 63 hexagons, inspired by Jorge Luis Borges' Library of Babel.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Thursday, 9 October 2014

wraparound design: 

Did you know beetles account for 25% of all lifeforms on earth? And they have been on the planet  for nearly 300 million years? And there are around 350,000 known species of beetle?

Those are the three same facts that come up on every website about beetles. Little else appears to be known about them. What keeps them awake at night, which of their family members is their favourite, what slender tomes rest upon their tiny bookshelves, and exactly what prompted them to choose a herbivorous lifestyle...the psychology of our little exoskeletal friends forever remains a mystery to us. Only Kafka came close to understanding their tiny beetle minds, yet he too couldn't resist stamping on poor Gregor Samsa. 


I've just added some new designs to my Society6 shop - (and if you click to use this promo code specifically designed for people who like beetles (http://bit.ly/1vQzkSA) you get free worldwide shipping until Sunday 12th October, wuhu!)