Flight of the Conchords feature pretty heavily in our house, we are often found dancing around the kitchen to their music and the first song my boy learn (some of) the words to was ‘Fashion is Danger’.

So it seemed only fitting that at some point  I pay homage to Bret and Jermaine, and as I love Robots, it was only right that I interpret the song ‘The Humans are Dead’.

For those of you not familiar with it, here’s link to a clip from the show.

And here is my tribute


I’ve also realised I need to start really looking hard it my composition as I am often too quick to just ‘put it together’ after each element has been created. I have (briefly) rejigged this image to shake it up a bit. Hopefully it will show me I need to plan my layout and framing more in future.

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Here are some development and in progress shots:

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A little while ago I did some work on a picture call ed Union Jack for my dear friend’s art and design challenge over at Timeless Frames. I was in a rush so I never got chance to finish it.

However this week I realised that it fitted perfectly with this theme of Wheels for Illustration Friday, so I got right to it this weekend and added lots of new characters, and worked up the sky with more texture.

I hope you like my friends and their happy bus.

Imageand a little close up of my favourite characters.



It has been a while since I had chance to put together a finished piece for illustration Friday, so this week I was determined to get back on track with it. From initial sketches on Monday, this one came together like a dream.

She hasn’t got a name yet, but I think it should be something like Happiness. 

Using her wings to take flight, and with love and care, she places the little bird back in its tree.



Happy New Year!

I realised I haven’t blogged in a few weeks, the festive period distracted me, although not from drawing.

I’ve been busy working away developing new projects, and revisiting my pirate project, but thats all for future posts.

Here is an illustration in progress called Nature



Here is my submission for this week’s illustration Friday. I feel a little naughty as this was a piece I created last Christmas, but with the celebrations looming I knew I would be pushed to put a new piece together.

She is called the lady of the snow, and was inspired by my years living in Syracuse, NY – land of snow!!!!

The medium isn’t the same as my usual layered style as I had been playing around with digital, but the drawing is still the same.lady of the snow SML

Pirate Explorers

I have been wanting to do a pirate illustration for a while, so this week’s Illustration Friday theme of Explore was perfect.

Here is my finished piece (although I think I am going to go back and add in an Octopus in the sea), maybe something in the sky as well, maybe a seagull or two.

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Original character sketches

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My piece for this weeks Illustration Friday ‘Sky’.

I really love my little characters in the plane’s window, they came from some little sketches I did in the week in my sketchbook. My old lady is my favourite, and of course there is my ginger cat who features in a lot of my pictures. He is a nod to my old ginger cat Aubrey who passed away earlier this year.


Emily in the rain

The last few weeks have left little time to do much in the way of illustration, I have been so busy with my new teaching post and a college course.  I have managed lots of sketching though, so I am brimming with ideas.

I did manage to whip up this piece over the last 24 hours. She was painted up by hand and them assembled digitally.



A quick post from me. I’ve been super busy preparing for my new teaching post that starts this week, and had a wonderful few days away visiting my sister and her new baby, so I haven’t had a lot of new work to show.

I have managed to scratch this piece together since I got back late on Thursday night. It is this weeks submission for the illustration challenge at Timeless Decor.

The theme this past week was History and was set by yours truly.

I must go back and address the photography of this one on a sunnier day!


Little update: 29/9/2012 Just 2 weeks later Book cam cup as a theme on illustration Friday, so as a slight cheat I am going to submit this one as I am so busy.

Here is my submission for this week’s Illustration Challenge over at the Timeless Frames, Décor and Expression Facebook page

My quirky little man seems to be turning into a book worm.