Monday, 7 September 2015

You Will Be Rare: The Book (Part II)

I also got my hands on a copy of the You Will Be Rare companion book published a few months ago. To find out more about the project and to see more photographs of the book please visit my website.


After much faffing this side of the pond thanks to the the terrible postal service - ASSUMPTIONS FINALLY ARRIVED! It's so incredibly exciting to actually hold a copy of this game. You can see a few more photos of the illustrations I did over on my website, and you can find out more about the game/purchase your own copy at


Development work for a logo design, in collaboration with Ashleigh Godsmark Graphic Design.

Kit Magazine: Virgo

Online fashion and lifestyle magazine Kit Magazine commissioned me to create an illustration to accompany their Virgo horoscope feature. The brief was extremely open, they just asked for a "beautiful maiden". They were also kind enough to interview me and share my work as part of their ongoing Illustrators Portfolio feature. Thank you, Kit Magazine!

ABC of Disaster Prep: PREVIEW

Preview from an internal project for Portland-based digital agency Oblio. Oh, am I ever excited about sharing the full 26 illustrations (plus landing page). Here's "C" ;)

Anna Hughes

I recently finished working with author Anna Hughes, on a series of maps which she wanted refreshed and updated for the second edition publication of her book 'Eat, Sleep, Cycle: A Bike Ride Around the Coast of Britain'. She requested that the maps look "like a drawing", rather than computerised/digitally created. The illustrations are based on sketches that she sent over as references. There are 5 maps in total, following her route around the coast of Britain.

Data Zoo

A few zoo animals from an online book I'm currently involved in about data science. Luckily for me, I don't have to understand the science bit, I just get to draw the cute animals. I will update again once the project is complete.

Brett Robson

Illustrations created for blogger Brett Robson. Brett had a series of blog images that she wanted turned into graphics to use on t-shirts for her online shop. She provided the photographs and asked that they be turned into "stylised" illustrations, along with decorative wording. These are the results. Fashion illustration isn't something I often have the opportunity to work on, so this job was a delight!


Bomi from DJ P.Y.K approached me as he was after a logo redesign. His ideas were quite well formed to begin with, he wanted elements from his old logo included (such as the broken record, the headphones, the ankh and the lettering), but also wanted a caricature portrait drawn in a cartoonish style with an attitude-filled expression (he sent plenty of references). He requested that the design was "bold, intricate and controversial" so that it drew people to it and made them want to find out more about his music and brand. You can find out more about DJ P.Y.K here: DK P.Y.K on Soundcloud | DJ P.Y.K on Twitter.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Lex & Tim Murphy

I've had a little extra time over the last day or two so I made two illustrations inspired by the resourceful, funny and brilliant kids of Jurassic Park (apart from when Lex is hacking the park's door locking system and the velociraptors are trying to get into the room and Ellie is trying to reach the gun with her foot Tim you could've just passed her the gun dammit)

Monday, 29 June 2015

You Will Be Rare: The Book

Last month saw me team up with economy-slaying-madman-artist Jamie Moakes and magical-word-wizard-editor Kelli Savill to DO A THING. We made a book together, guys! In a really tiny amount of time!

I've worked with both Jamie and Kelli before (although they're my close friends before co-workers) and working with them is an absolute bundle of joy and energy and late night pizza and seven-hour meetings (this happened twice in one week). I was lucky enough to be part of the design team that helped Jamie's show You Will Be Rare travel to Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011 and he brought me back to help create a book of the show for the next installment of the You Will Be Rare adventure - a gallery show in Seattle. I was responsible for the design and illustration throughout, the result being a full-colour A5 paperback and posters for the gallery room, as well as promotional flyers. Once I have a copy of the book I'll be sure to update with photos but for now here's a little preview from Jamie's Instagram page (which will give you a good idea of what the project is like):

Assumptions Card Game

Assumptions is probably one of my favourite projects I've ever had the pleasure of working on. It barely even felt like work. Tyler approached me with an idea so brilliant and so fun that I knew it was going to be a hoot. I'll allow the official website to explain exactly what Assumptions is, but my role in the project was to create and illustrate 100 vastly different, individual and funny characters. A hugely successful Kickstarter campaign was run to help make the game a reality, and it's currently in it's production stages. I'll be sure to update again once I have an actual copy of the game! I am tremendously excited to receive it and I'm so happy to have been a part of the project.

Green Bottle Press

This is the final logo created for startup poetry publisher Green Bottle Press. I was commissioned by my faves Bookswarm, who I've worked with multiple times in the past. They were responsible for the overall brand design and web development, so I worked closely with them to create a logo that exactly suited the needs of our client.


I've spent the last month or so working on two new illustrated children's books and although I tend to listen to music whilst I work, I've recently started rewatching Dragon Ball Z in the background. Cue all the childhood feels. This isn't anything other than a bit of art I had to get off my chest, but I liked it enough as a character piece to show you nice folks of the internet.

Women Inherits the Earth

So much has happened since I last updated! I'll keep it short as I try to keep this blog as a space where my work can (hopefully) speak for itself.

So in January of this year I quit my full time job (I was a garment printer by day, illustrator by night, and working every hour under the sun because of it) to become completely self-employed and focus on forwarding my career as a designer and illustrator.

At the same time, my partner and I decided to embrace a different sort of change and made the decision to move from Essex to London.

Because of these two huge upheavals in my life, the first half of 2015 has been terrifying, stress-inducing, sleep-depriving, jolly good fun. At times I didn't think I was going to pull any of it off but I got there and here I am, living frugally but comfortably in our little flat in E16. I pay my bills by drawing pictures and I feel like 10-year old me would be pretty happy about this.

One of the first things I did when I became A Proper Freelance Person was open a little Etsy store. I only put a few prints up for sale but I've made over 50 sales in 6 months so I'm pleased as punch. My Jurassic Park inspired "Dinosaurs Eat Man, Woman Inherits The Earth" illustration has by far been the most popular, so I also opened a Society6 store to widen the range of merch it's available on.

So to wrap up, I guess this post is a thank you for everyone who's been so supportive of me the last few months, anyone who's bought a print or shirt, and anyone who enjoys looking at my drawings. Thanks for allowing me to do my dream job.

Friday, 20 February 2015

lily & frank

fun little logo design for new start-up business lily & frank, a vintage accessories company. the client wanted portraits of the two main characters (the swallow and the dog) to be included, and wanted the main text to be simple and tall. i'm really fond of the colour scheme of this one.

the cider drinker

logo design for youtube-based cider connoisseur and reviewer the cider drinker.

custom evelyn illustrations

rebecca approached me requesting two custom portrait illustrations of her little girl. she wanted them to be themed around food and music, suggesting evelyn could be banging a drum in one and eating a cake in the other. she suggested the wording as well (both words/phrases that evelyn likes to use!) we tried a few different colour schemes but settled on the pink as they would look great side by side on the wall together.

i'm always open to custom portrait illustrations, please don't hestitate to get in touch with your ideas :)