Floreat Education Poster Commission

I was recently lucky enough to be commissioned to create a series of illustrations for Floreat Education's pioneering Character Programme, funded by the Department for Education. The programme aims to give pupils the knowledge and experience of making the right decisions for the right reasons by identifying 18 character virtues (for example: bravery, self control, perseverance) that children will learn about every year. Floreat asked me to create three sets of illustrations (one for the Reception class, one for Year 1 and one for Year 2) for teachers and children to use in the classroom as the basis for a rich class discussion about virtues. 

Below are six of the final illustrations for Year 2.

House of Illustration Christmas Fair

I'm excited to announce that I’ll be exhibiting at the House of Illustration Illustrator's Fair ‪on Saturday 12 December! Come down to Granary Square for a packed day of market stalls, Christmas gift inspiration, drop-in workshops and lots more.

Further details on the House of Illustration's website.

Children's Book Commission

I have just finished a commission for Blind Children UK, who are campaigning to highlight the importance of eye tests for young children. They have produced an online children’s book, Olly’s Eye Test, about a boy’s first trip to the optician, which they asked me to illustrate. 

This was such a fun commission to work on - I Ioved sketching Olly and his toy rabbit Eric! Below are a few of my favourite images, and you can also read the full version of Olly’s Eye Test via these links:

Read Olly's Eye Test as an eBook 

or:
Download (PDF)
Download in Welsh (PDF)

Exhibition & Opening Night

It's been a busy week!

On Thursday night my exhibition at the 14th century bathhouse in Kulmbach, Germany, opened to the public. The opening was celebrated with a summertime 'night of culture', which also featured music, theatre performances, readings and the opening of an exhibition by the artist Owen Normand. Over 150 people attended the event and it was fantastic to be part of it.

Here are a few photographs of the exhibition and event.

'Animal Stories' Exhibition

I'm very excited at the prospect of my first exhibition in Germany, which opens in just a couple of weeks. The exhibition is being held in a medieval bathhouse in Kulmbach in Southern Germany.

The exhibition runs from 14 August - 20 September, with a private view on 13 August. Come along if you happen to find yourself in the Bavaria area!

Introducing Andlyn

I'm very excited to introduce my new agent Davinia from Andlyn Literary Agency! You can find out more about her agency here.

Amoosing Screenprints

I spent last Saturday on a screenprinting course at 2ell and had a great time experimenting with multicoloured moose! Here are some of the results:

Etsy Shop Now Open!

Some of my illustrations are now available as cards and prints on Etsy.

I will be regularly updating and adding new stock but do let me know if there is anything in particular that you would like to see on the shelves!

New York Tartan Week Prints

I am delighted to have been selected to sell my illustrations as limited edition prints on New York Tartan Week's online shop! You can find my prints for sale here, including two prints designed exclusively for the shop (pictured below).

All the prints are A4 giclee prints on 300g archival paper, individually signed and numbered.

A Competition on a Grand Scale

Every year there is a world-wide competition to design sardines for 'Festas de Lisboa' – festivities held every June in Lisbon. During this month the Portuguese capital goes sardine crazy in honour of St Anthony who was famous for preaching to these fish (they were better listeners than most). Along with street parades, music, dancing and feasting, there are also mass weddings at St Anthony's church.

Using some of these traditions as inspiration, I came up with three designs for the competition:

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Which sardine floats your boat?

Happy New Year

Happy year of the horse and welcome to my new blog!

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This pencil sketch was inspired by the beautiful ink drawings of David Roberts (one of my favourite illustrators) for The Wind in the Willows.

While rereading this book recently I came across a great wintertime quote:

"No animal, according to the rules of animal-etiquette, is ever expected to do anything strenuous, or heroic, or even moderately active during the off-season of winter. All are sleepy — some actually asleep."

— Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

Enjoy the off-season while it lasts!