Friday, 31 December 2021
Wednesday, 22 December 2021
France banned my friend Sammy from skiing there on Boxing Day.
Tuesday, 14 December 2021
Saturday, 11 December 2021
Wednesday, 8 December 2021
Monday, 6 December 2021
Wednesday, 1 December 2021
Monday, 15 November 2021
Friday, 12 November 2021
Monday, 1 November 2021
Yesterday was Halloween.
I wasn't feeling it this year. It's a bit pointless when you don't have small kids. I didn't trim the front door. I didn't buy pumpkins. And I only went to buy treats at the last minute. Of course all the special Halloween multipacks had sold out by then so I ended up buying a million packets of KitKat and Twix.
Anyway. As it happened it was chucking it down. And we went to my Mum and Dad's for Sunday dinner. So by the time we got home it was dark, cold and wet and we had zero TrickOrTreaters.
So if anyone fancies a KitKat....
Monday, 18 October 2021
F I N I S H E D!
That's Sally's #autumndraw21 done and dusted.
So now that Autumn's out of the way I'm on the final countdown to getting the hell out of here and heading straight back to summer. Get me to the sunshiney summeryness of a lovely Greek Island please.
3.5 sleeps to go....
Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Friday, 8 October 2021
Wednesday, 6 October 2021
Tuesday, 5 October 2021
This is Lydia bear wearing her new coat.
Inspired by my yoga teacher who treated herself to a very expensive new coat this week. She deserved it though. And it's stuffed with recycled duck feathers. So it's very warm. I might steal it when she's not looking 😏
Monday, 4 October 2021
Saturday, 2 October 2021
So this month I was avoiding joining in with all the stuff that begins with # and ends in tober. It was a no to #inktober and #peptober and #facetober and #stoptober (is that one smoking? I don't smoke. So I suppose that was ruled out anyway)
I was planning on just an ordinary October where I moaned about the weather at the start of the month, showed off about my holiday in the middle and added some Halloween shit at the end.
But then my good friend Sally Payne roped me into her October instagram challenge. I figured that as she called it #autumndraw21 and there's no tober in there that it would be ok. Saves me thinking what to draw anyway. Cheers Garth!
Days 1 and 2...
And the prompts if anyone wants to join in...
Thursday, 30 September 2021
Hello long forgotten little blog! I'm back for my monthly report.
To be honest the grass isn't always greener over on the socials... I have less and less engagement on instagram these days. And I refuse to jump through hoops to beat the ever changing algorithm. Reels get on my bloody nerves. And do not start me off on people who share shitty tiktok videos. Maybe I'll come back here as my main posting place?
Anyway...here's what I was up to in September on the old instagram.... available to license if anyone fancies it...
Thursday, 2 September 2021
August was the month of the extreme staycation.
We went to the NorthiestNorth of the country on our WeeScottishRoadTrip. Then we went camping. In an actual tent. With No Electricity!
See instagram for the highlights.
See below for the full month in pattern form.
See below below for the patterns made into tins to keep all your shizz in.
Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Monday, 19 July 2021
I'm in a rut.
I've been so busy lately that I've just been churning stuff out to keep up with all the deadlines. There has been zero time to look at a brief and do some nice research and think about new creative ways of doing it and go out looking for inspiration and come up with something fabulous. I've just been a drawing machine coming up with the same old shit and trying to put a new slant on it whilst watching the clock and thinking I'veJustGottaGetItDoneNOW.
I mean how many times can you draw a bloody cow and make it look different to the last sodding cow that you did for a very similar project last week. And who even has time to think about a new way of drawing the cow when the deadline is on Friday and you've also got to come up with a new bunny and bear combo for someone else by then...and a new collection of jungle animals for a different client by tomorrow.
Add the increasingly low budgets that a lot of companies are coming up with into the mix and there's defo no time to waste on experimentation and artistic creativity. Unless you want the project to end up at 10 quid an hour of course. Which I don't.
So instead I've booked myself into my own diary and I'm on a mission to have my own Creative Reboot.
Not exactly sure where to begin. But begin I will.... watch this space...
Thursday, 8 July 2021
This pile of books is currently homeless. They're "Illustrator copies" from books I've illustrated over the last 7 years. I have about a zillion Illustrator copies now. On shelves all over the house.
Anyway, we revamped the hallway recently and binned off the old Ikea shelf cube in favour of some rather attractive Mustard Made lockers. Everything that lived on the old Ikea shelves made it's way to The Eldest's bedroom. The books have been sleeping on Jodie's bed for the last two months.
But she came home on Tuesday. And she did not want to sleep with them. And all my other shelves are full.
So I'm gonna have a clearout.
Loads of the copies I have do not bring me joy. The first publisher I ever worked with told me they would be re-using some of the images I illustrated for them in other books. I was 'naive' at the time (Read: completely stupid and clueless as to how the publishing industry usually works) and I said that this was fine. It wasn't fine. Turns out it's normal practice to pay the illustrator a re-use fee when this happens. They did not pay any re-use fees. Still, they were putting a ton of work my way so I shut up and put up. For a long time. Until the extent of the re-use finally dawned on me. And the absolute rubbishness of some of the books. So I stopped working with them. But I still get "new" Illustrator copies of old stuff from time to time. Even now. SEVEN YEARS LATER!
I'm gonna cleanse my soul and get rid of the bloody things, pretend they don't exist. I will only keep the books I was actually involved in, the ones I enjoyed working on and the ones I like. The re-use will be re-homed...to the charity shop probably.
Thursday, 1 July 2021
Thursday, 10 June 2021
I've just been really busy. Stupid busy.
Also it's a bit pointless putting the same stuff on here AND instagram.
And insta just seems easier.
But I feel a bit sad just abandoning this little blog. I've been moaning away on here since March 2010. That's over 11 years worth of moans!
Maybe I'll post something different from time to time on here. Or when I'm not as busy maybe I'll just double post again.
Anyways. For now I'm here to say that the lovely Emma Isaacs persuaded me to appear on her fabulous Creative Ways podcast. You can listen to it here if you want to listen to me ramble on a bit....
Monday, 26 April 2021
Friday, 16 April 2021
Thursday, 15 April 2021
We had a rather splendid day out yesterday. We took the Jodester back up to Newcastle. (She needed to get back for her household's very first night out in an entire year.)
We hired e-scooters and zipped into Toon where we shopped in actual real life open shops and had takeout food on a park bench in the sunshine.
What a day to be alive!