Thursday, 27 August 2009


Uncle Frederick told her to take caution in the old house at night...

View some related sketches and prep here... 1. girl 2. witch

Monday, 24 August 2009

Bears and Books

One from the archives - linked to this series.

Friday, 21 August 2009

Purple-faced witchy witch

Well, Halloween is coming up...! This is part of a larger piece, but I got too excited and thought I'd share a bit of it now just in time for the weekend... :) Have a great weekend all!

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Wrapped for winter: behind the scenes

Hi all! Firstly, I just want to say a great big thank you to everyone that's following. It's so encouraging, and I'm really grateful for all your comments.

This is for Jason who asked to see some work in progress shots from the previous post. You can see how much changed along the way; the skirt colour, jacket buttons, eyes open/closed, even the overall composition. Weirdly, the red bench in the background was the last thing I added. I work pretty organically - there's no science involved, not even by way of the colours ...but you're right, I naturally lean towards the warmer shades. I'm a great fan of warm browns and greys - you should see my wardrobe!
[click image to enlarge, and see the final version here]

Monday, 17 August 2009

Giant inflatable swan

How fun! But I need a swan... then a pool... and then some Louboutins to make this a reality.
[via oh joy. photo styled by emily mcgregor]

Wednesday, 12 August 2009


My dad is very impatient after years of being late at my mum's expense. They've never got to an event on time! My Dad once went to great lengths to turn all the clocks in the house forward in an attempt to speed things up, but it didn't work. I think my mum was born to be fashionably late to everything!

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Genetically modified...?

Take.2... [click image to enlarge]...

It's quite different to the version I lost, but still nice in its own way, I think...?
Maybe I need to add in a cat or something... I'm definitely going to do a banksy-style version where the vegetables have faces :). That'll be a good thing to do on Friday, to pave the way for the weekend :)

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Genetically modified?

Well there's definitely something going on...
[click to enlarge]

Aw, I lost 7 hours work on this one :( Somehow I managed to corrupt 3 files, versions 2 through 5... and lost a whole manner of extra details... oversized veg, a bewildered judge on the left, another participant with significantly less impressive produce, soil in the foreground, a little worm wriggling around in the front and some big rolling hills in the background...
Remember when I was singing the praises of digital...? Well, I'm going to have to take it back...
[you can now see the re-worked final version here...] :)

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Yorkie Walking

Based on an old sketch, see here.

Josie sleeps

See the original sketch here.

Cat vs. Shadow

Another quick painterly image. I think this might be my last one in this style for the moment. I've been exploring a more graphic treatment, which seems to suit me better... I may be wrong though. We'll see.