Watercolour Insects Design Challenge

This week I have entered a new design into the Spoonflower design challenge. This weeks theme is Whimsical Watercolour Insects. I've greatly enjoyed doing this design and am pleased with it - I feel like I'm getting the hang of the repeating pattern and think this design looks much closer to a 'professional' one than … Continue reading Watercolour Insects Design Challenge


Jackalope Jinx Fabric Design – Spoonflower Competition

I've been working hard in the evenings over the last few weeks on a new venture of pattern design for fabric and other applications! Getting back into drawing and illustration has been really great as it has been a long time since I did any. I entered my first Spoonflower Design Competition last week themed … Continue reading Jackalope Jinx Fabric Design – Spoonflower Competition

New Illustration Designs on Society6


 I'm really pleased to announce that I've launched three new designs on Society6 which are now available as prints, canvases, cushions, bags, notepads and more! The works feature mixed media of fine pen illustrations based on old fashioned scientific etchings of the natural world. These are then placed with some swirling colourful ink work to … Continue reading New Illustration Designs on Society6

First Experiments – Ink Swirls and Animal Illustrations

Following on from my last post I've created some quick first experiments using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and I really am pleased with the results. Especially for a first try.   I went for three fairly earthy colours as I wanted to keep the palette fairly natural. This is definitely worth pursuing for me. Now … Continue reading First Experiments – Ink Swirls and Animal Illustrations

Antique Animal Illustrations – There’s Potential Here…

I recently found a book on a Brooklyn street sale which I wrote about here: Fanciful Animal Illustration Find. Since then I've been looking at other books by the same publisher (Dover) who have a array of great sounding titles like: 'The Day Of The Dead: A Pictorial Archive Of Dia De Los Muertos' 'Art … Continue reading Antique Animal Illustrations – There’s Potential Here…

Fanciful Animal Illustration Find

I recently picked up this great book at a Yard Sale in Brooklyn. 1300 Real And Fanciful Animals From Seventeen Century Engravings by Matthaus Merian.  It's filled with wonderful illustrations and pages which would look fantastic as framed pictures. However not all the illustrations would be something I'd want on my wall! Nice! Comment if … Continue reading Fanciful Animal Illustration Find