Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Mama Can't Raise No Man

Mama Can't Raise No Man will be published with a huge launch at the Hackney Empire on the 27th September, and can be preordered - here. The details of the artists performing live at the event are on the same website. 

At first, I included some explorations of compositions, and different ways to show the idea. After one was chosen I fleshed it out, and after one more round of feedback, I began drawing the final image.

I cycled around Richmond for a while, taking reference shots from suitably knobbly trees, to evoke the idea in the brief that the character has grown up wrong in the absence of a father-figure, and settled on this Horse Chestnut. I also took some grass for the base. 

For the colours, my brief was to include the Pan-African flag colours of green, black, and red. This would be a little tricky, as the flag colours weren't very naturalistic, but after checking out what they symbolised, I figured we could use the figures and tree to stand for black and green, and the text could have the red. Here's the explanation from wikipedia - 

"The Universal Negro Catechism, published by the UNIA in 1921, refers to the colors of the flag meaning:[6]
Red is the color of the blood which men must shed for their redemption and liberty; black is the color of the noble and distinguished race to which we belong; green is the color of the luxuriant vegetation of our Motherland."

 It was an absolute pleasure to work on this cover. I really hope it helps Robyn get as much exposure as he deserves. He's an inspiring guy, not least because he's not one for waiting around for people to come and find his book. -

Finally, the back cover. This book sounds awesome!

Friday, 3 June 2016

Prisoner to the Streets

This is the cover I designed for the republication of Prisoner to the Streets. It was commissioned to celebrate the publication of his new novel Mama Can't Raise No Man, which is coming in September! 

This was a real team effort with the author Robyn and our publisher Crystal, and after a lot of back and forth I'm super proud of the final result. 

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Vancouver Science World

Thanks Kendra and Cody for an awesome day at Science World! The staff had never seen someone scrutinise the human arm for so long. At one point we were standing around this poor woman, everyone with their sleeves rolled up, trying to match muscles with a real disembodied human arm. I have so little pigment in my skin, I may as well have been an exhibit.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Don't Be Alien

My first published book is available now on iBooks!

This all started when I tweeted someone called Crystal Mahey Morgan after she just killed it on Front Row, which is a British arts discussion show on the radio.

Crystal replied! And even better, hinted there might be something for an animator further down the road. Later, this led to an offer to make an animation for one of her companies flagship products, an ebook featuring music and animation called Don't Be Alien.

It's been a huge pleasure to work on this. Throughout the whole process a great deal of trust and respect has flowed both ways, and I hope I can work with everyone on the team again soon.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015


I'm back from my longest gap away in a long time. I'm currently working on an animated book called Don't Be Alien, and I'll be posting about that in the next month or two. Also, it feels really good to draw something that makes no sense for no reason:

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Hogfather - the Animatic

I finally finished this personal project as a learning experience for making storyboards. Time to start another.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Life Drawing on the North Shore

I was invited to "squeeze in at the back" at a local animation school's life drawing class. Not only did they offer me a sketchbook and crayon, but I got some serious attention and advice throughout. Feeling too grateful for words.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015


It's Sage! I've been working on stuff for my portfolio, and I thought I'd finally use my ever present art victim. I also grabbed the chance to practice using masks, which have made using textured brushes much more satisfying.

Sunday, 5 April 2015


This is a portrait drawn from life of Sanba, our transport from our time on Jeju. I started with a rough sketch, then finished with a mechanical pencil and coloured in photoshop. We explored the whole island on her in every kind of weather imaginable. We miss you old girl!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015


It's my other main character, Rusty. Rusty was bred for breeding, and as such is a little confused about his identity. Never mind, his terrifying wolf god of dogs will give him all the guidance he needs...

Friday, 23 January 2015

Run Cycle

This is my first try at making something in TVPaint. It was incredibly fun to use! This is Gillian, the main character of my series Far From Home. A scene from the first episode is in my showreel at - https://vimeo.com/115784019

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Peace Festival at the Jeju Horse Park




i) Faces from the coffee shop in the Horse Museum. A welcome relief from the heat and lack of indoor toilets. ii) On the first day a peace shrine was erected. The yellow ribbons may represent the Sewol disaster. iii) The cairn. Horse related sculptures are scattered all around the park, although most seem to congregate around landmarks. People mostly slept on the benches.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Tornado Potatoes and Long Shadows

-View from an alleyway in Insadong-

-Insadong street signs-

-Visitors to the Palace District-

               Returned from a very quick final tour of Seoul. We packed in fireworks and palaces, and met two friends whom we've been missing for a long time. The sun was low and dazzling, and the streets were like swollen rivers full of people. I sat in a shadow from a sign to draw and had to move from time to time as it slid away from me. Seoul doesn't smell that great at this time of year, but the company was excellent.