Sunday, 13 July 2014

The Mystery of the Nice Granny

A preview of the new free mini-comic I'll be taking to Manchester MCM with Sammy this weekend. If you want free mini-comics from me and Sammy, the secret password is 'do you have a business card?'

I'll also have the new Summer issue of What's the Time, Mrs Woolf? and some new hardback notebooks, while Sammy will be launching issue 2 of Giant Rhinos In Space, so I hope you can come and see us there!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Adventures in Book-Binding

Recently my co-worker paid me to make her some custom books. She wanted two in the same dimensions as a lined notebook she already had, but one which had plain paper so she could write in it horizontally, and one which opened at the short edge to form a very long, thin double page spread. That one also needed heavy paper, so she could paint in it if she wanted.

It was a lot of fun making something different to my usual A6 notebooks, but cutting the pages to a custom size left me with a lot of off-cuts. So, naturally, I made those into books too. I got four mini notebooks out of them, in two different sizes. (I photographed them with an A6 book for comparison.) I'll have the minis to sell at Manchester MCM later this month.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Barnabas Oley Bookplates

Finally, things that aren't fairies!

I was hired to make some designs for my old primary school (Barnabas Oley), that could be used either as certificates or as bookplates for excellence or progress in handwriting. I hand-wrote the text using the letter forms the children learn.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Maroon Flower

A miniature painting I included with a notebook sale recently, by way of apology for a shipping delay.

Thursday, 1 May 2014


A birthday card I made for my Grandma last week, it's loosely based on that Venezuelan Poodle Moth photo that went round a while ago.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014


I heard my Grandma has shingles, so I whipped up a get-well-soon card for her. I hope it cheers her up until she feels better.

These... may not be the most botanically accurate windflowers I've ever drawn...

Monday, 17 March 2014


The front cover for a compilation of all my Bear Pit comics so far.

I think I need to specifically practice covers. Every time I have to make one, even for my own comics, I spend at least one working day banging my head on my desk, unable to think of any appropriate ideas. I just don't want to misrepresent the contents of the book!