Sunday, 14 December 2014

It's Newtonmas 2014 !!! Deck the halls with prisms and apples fa la la la laaah...

Well it's that most wonderful time of the year when all those so inclined celebrate the mind (though perhaps not the personality) of Isaac the birthday boy. I don't know at what point something becomes a tradition but as this is my third Newtonmas card (see the others here and here) I'm going to call this a tradition of mine.

Raise a glass of spiced cider and don't forget the apple on top of your Newtonmas tree this year. Warmest compliments of the season and a very happy new year to everyone!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

a somewhat spotty triceratops...

Here's my (last minute) creature for this months a little bit bunny. Triceratops was always my favourite dinosaur as a kid (so many pointy bits, though not as many spots as mine now has)... but, for a wee while, there was some proper noun panic over whether it really existed...

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

mammoth prize draw...(draw in both senses of the word)

Torquay Museum are finding lots of exciting uses for the mammoth illustration I did for them. I'm led  to believe there is a Mammoth Free Museum Weekend at Torquay Museum this weekend along with a special prize draw, for which I've been asked to doodle a couple of mammoths as prizes (so long as the post arrives in time). Very relaxing drawing mammoths. Nice and scribbley! Sadly I'm too far from Torquay this weekend otherwise it sounded like a fun old time !


Monday, 10 November 2014

Aesops fable of "The dog and his bone" for Storytime magazine...

In some small defence of my slipshod blogging of late I've had one or two illustration jobs that I had to keep under wraps until they saw print. One such commission was for the grand folks at Storytime magazine who kindly asked me to provide illustrations for the Aesops fable of the dog and his bone (a.k.a the dog and his reflection) for their November issue. Y'know the story; dog finds bone, dog happy with bone, dog sees his reflection with said bone in the river and thinks it's another dog with a better bone, so dog goes to bark at this 'new' bone owner and nab the better bone... What do you know, dog loses his bone in the river... The moral of this fable, avoid rivers!

I pitched three different dog characters (named Sniffer, Banger and Spot... for ease of distinguishing them apart) for Storytime to choose between. Most gratifyingly, after the story was illustrated, they asked for a further group illustration of all three dogs (plus heads and a bone icon) to use for a game page to accompany the original story. All in all a very rewarding brief to work on.

I must say it's great to see the modus operandi Storytime have adopted for themselves, commissioning a variety of distinctly different illustrators to accompany a stimulating mix of story content in a well designed and produced quality magazine for children. Long may it continue.









Friday, 24 October 2014

me mammoth used for Torquay Museum's Mammoth Appeal...

I'm pleased and proud to say that Torquay Museum have launched their Mammoth Appeal and it's my 'hippy mammoth' that they have chosen as a mascot. I believe they are even setting up a name the mammoth competition on their facebook page very soon. I'll be interested to find out what name he / she is. Very nice to see the hirsute old fella / fellaess out and about (although he / she still looks a bit bemused by all the attention he / she is getting!)...

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

chimp think doodle...

Just a sketch that passed some time today... and I know chimps aren't monkeys, but I saw the quote and  it seemed apt to scrawl it in there...

Sunday, 19 October 2014

an orangutan on a penny farthing...

Well then, what better way to break a prolonged dry spell on the old blog but an orangutan on a penny farthing... (incidentally I don't think there is an answer to that...). I recall many conversations with friends about the ergonomic considerations for vehicles, furniture and the like, should apes have culturally and technologically evolved a pace like we hairless chimps did. Just think of it... Certainly there would be buttons and switches on car floors. Chair seats would be lower down while arm rests would be longer (the budget 'cattle class' airlines wouldn't be economically viable in an ape world), and the handle bars of bicycles would be higher up!

As usual with my illustrations for a little bit bunny blog I'll post sketches plus a sneak peek of the final pic here, pop on over to A.L.B.B blog for the full thing. TTFN.

Friday, 12 September 2014

book cover design for "The Burned-Out Blogger's Guide to P.R."

Quite appropriate considering how neglectful a blogger I've been of late but I can finally show one of the several projects which I have bubbling away under the surface till their respective release dates arrive. I'm pleased to say the estimable writer and tech pundit Jason Kincaid was good enough to entrust me with the cover design for his first book, "The Burned-Out Blogger's Guide to P.R." Even if you don't see yourself as a tech entrepreneur, should you rub shoulders with the press or P.R types in your daily existence then Jason's book has a wealth of do's and don'ts narrated in a witty and very readable way. The ebook launched a couple of days ago and the paperback is due in the next couple of weeks. For now dear blog here are my rough alternative concepts and the final ebook cover.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

an ostrich...

Here's a sneak peek of my ostrich for this months a little bit bunny creature... as always follow the link if you are inclined to see more. I ended up revisiting a pose I'd used a while back for a flamingo illustration. I guess there are only so many ways you can arrange avian legs this long!



Sunday, 6 July 2014