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The Exhibition Draws Near

30 Aug

It has been a hectic few months with taking on far too much at once as I usually do. I’ve taken on more hours at what is supposed to be a part time job and the day of my exhibition draws near with hanging due to happen tomorrow night.

Thus begins an evening of title label printing, picture framing and general trying to get organised for a month of not organising anything. Gulp.

But the art is there, it’s complete and I know I have some solid pieces that I love.

The other thing changing is we recently found out we are expecting baby number two and with that comes all the worry about having to leave my new job which I love and learning to find that balance again of being a mum but also being a person with other interests and plans.

But, if you’re in the East Sussex area, why not pop in, view some art and grab a cup of coffee.

Crowborough centre poster


The Creating Process – Part 1

3 Jun

I promised a few updates with the next drawing and here is the first one! Everyone has a different way of working and finding what works for them. Even when you think you have the perfect working system, always keep your eyes open for anything new that might also work in an exciting way for you!

At the moment I am enjoying using Canason A3 paper and the trusty old mechanical Roting Tikky 0.5 pencil. These are my base items for creating final pieces.


Before I get to any of that I will search for images to back up any ideas I have to find the right composition on the computer. I use gimp for a lot of this as I like the ease of moving things around and basic function use. I don’t do much digital art just because I don’t enjoy it and it shows. So I can’t rate gimp for the more involved functions. But if all you need is a layering tool to mess around with what works where then this is perfect for you, and FREE!

Once that is all set and I am happy with how things look I will sketch it all out onto my paper. I will generally do this cross legged on our sofa watching what ever show we happen to be into at the time – if interested it’s IZombie on Netflix. Yes at is bare bones its a police detective show but it’s still enjoyable and a good take on one.

I have a large piece of light weight wood that I use to lean on for this stage. I do have a proper drawing table but as yet I don’t tend to use it too much.

So for this I am working on a Sweet (Potato) Dreams motivation poster. The sketch stage is completed and I will update with the next stage! I will also sketch at my non illustration job where I have just a standard office desk set up, as indicated by the ruler and calculator, all exciting stuff!



New drawings ready

1 Jun

The days are getting longer and I am getting closer to my first exhibition. It’s a small one, in our local Community Centre within the cafe area. Although not big, it does get a fair amount of through fair and eyes seeing works so I’m excited.

This means I am busy at the moment creating new peices on a weekly basis and updating the website with previews of them all. Some are on the etsy page.


In preparation of the show I will do a few new blog updates with some in process pictures to show the various stages of completing a drawing, from the idea stage to the completed piece.


That leaves this as not that interesting a blog update, but an update it is of the hopefully more interesting posts still to come!

Want me to answer any questions in the lead up? If you have anything you want to know specifically about process or idea generation please get in touch.

Looking for an Illustrator?

13 May

Today’s topic comes about from the amount of emails I receive that all feature the same thing. A brusque one line email “I am looking for an illustrator, are you available?” These emails have no introduction, no hello, no name, and no idea what the project is. They lead you to ignore them as they run along the same theme of many scam emails. If I reply to this email asking for more details, am I just confirming that this is a live email address ripe for more junk emails and scam attempts?

If you are truly looking to take on an Illustrator try and include more details. Things that I like to see in an email are:

Introduction – A hello from you and where you came across my details.

What your project is – Give a description of your project. It doesn’t need to be in depth for an intro email, just whether its a full comic, a one off illustration, a logo that kind of thing.

What you are expecting from me –

  • What do you need created, a number of illustrations, a one off?
  • A time scale! When do you need the project competed by? If you set an unrealistic time goal then the level of detail and work able to be put in might not live up to your expectations. Leave your Illustrator time to create something to the specs you require.
  • Budget. No-one likes talking money, it’s almost a taboo to suggest that you will pay for a service but being upfront from the start avoids problems down the line. Illustrators will not work for free or with the promise of future promotion of their work.

I generally don’t like attachments in an opening email as I still don’t know the source they are coming from and will avoid opening them until later emails and a string of conversation has been started.

All these things give me more of an idea of what you are expecting from me and whether I would be able to take on your project. It starts a line of conversation and makes me want to reply back as I know I am not wasting my time on an email that has been bcc’d to hundreds of people and replies are going to be easily ignored.

After all that, if an Illustrator replies back to you and you decide you no longer require their services, email them back! It sucks taking the time to reply back to a request and then to hear nothing. Everyone is busy and yes you may have contacted several illustrators but just take that extra minute to do the common courtesy of at least acknowledging the reply you receive. Even if it is to say that you no longer require their services and to thank them for their time.




The Girl Who Carried A Mountain

15 Apr

It’s here. I’ve finally finished this book! Looking back I know I’ve made some mistakes in my work methods but I realise that and can improve for the next book. I need to keep momentum going and don’t let a month or so pass before getting back into the swing of things. It helps keep everything more fluid and natural.

But here it is for all to judge as is the way of the internet but also hopefully to enjoy. Going back to the simple idea of fables and of lessons to be learnt.


If you buy it and like it then please do let others know, word of a mouth is a powerful tool.Cover two pages

New Page views

26 Jan

Want to see a bit more from The Girl Who Carried A Mountain? How about three more page previews below just waiting on the wording to be finalised and added to be complete!

We are counting down faster than I can keep up, 19 days left on the kickstarter. There are a few people funding but not nearly enough so if you do like it spread the word! You will have my utmost thanks as well as all the goodies offered on the Kickstarter. All money raised will be used to make the book and full fill the promises. If anything costs less than anticipated or who knows I have a sudden influx and raise more than needed, then it will be spent including some extra goodies into packages when sent out.

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If you run a blog that features books for children or stories and want to contact me then please do feel free to drop me a message here or even just say hello! I love hearing from new people and their thoughts on my projects.

Introducing new characters

21 Jan

25 days to go and I have had a little reorganise of the Kickstarter page and introduced some new page previews so you get to see more of what you can expect from the complete book!

The new changes had a new backer within five minutes!

I need the love shared! If you like what you see but don’t have anyone to buy for why not click the share links on the page as there may be someone you know who it would be perfect for. Perhaps friends have young children who they enjoy reading books with before bed. All printed and with you well in advance for Christmas this year!

Backing is a great way to find out what happens on the girls adventures and what this guy is up to.

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