Summer School

From July 28th to August 2nd I had more fun than I've had in years and I was working like a madman.

I joined 50 or so others to attempt to create a Children's Picture-book dummy each in 5 days on the Anglia-Ruskin Children's Book Summer School.

Here's a just a few of the images of my story that took while I was there. It was pretty telling how intensely we worked that I didn't appear to take a single picture of anything other than my drawings.

For me, the most valuable thing was being able to dedicate a good amount of time to one thing. When you work full-time and live in a 1 bed flat with a (beautiful and wonderful) wife and two small children you don't get a lot time for your own work.

So, for me and a few others there, this was more of a holiday.

I'll write another post about the process of making the dummy later but for now I'd like to thank everyone else who attended for being lovely and positive throughout the week, especially my tablemates, Sonia and Helen.

Of course, none of this would have been posible without the great team that taught us:

Pam, Ness, Marta, Carolina and Courtney...

But the biggest thanks go to my ever patient wife, Julie, who would've enjoyed this course as much I did. If not more. She'll go next year. :)


Sketch Dailies - Blackbeard


Mind Candy Xmas Card

This was the Mind Candy company Christmas card for 2013 which I had fun doing. :)

I'll post some work-in-progress images soon.



Painting with Eti

It has been fun watching Eti's drawing and painting suddenly blossom. Eyes, legs and heads have all begun making appearances in his pictures. I can't wait to see what he creates next.

Some of these are mine, some are Eti's and some are collaborations. :)


Sea Tea 'n' Expo 2013

A couple of weeks ago I had no idea I would be in Los Angeles talking to cool illustrators and cartoonists.

But last week there I was at the CTN Expo, jetlagged with a bad cold but having a great time with my good friend South Avocado.

We got to see some great talks, buy some great books and prints and come back all inspired and raring to go!

If you can get to go, at least once, it's well worth it.

Thanks to Mind Candy, where we work, for paying for it all and letting us take the time out of our busy schedules.