Monday, 23 May 2011

The Waiting Room

A couple of months ago I got an exciting Facebook message from an old friend who I hadn't seen or spoken to in more than 10 years. Nestled within a brief overview of his life since we last met he said he'd written a book, was self publishing and would I illustrate the cover for him? "Yes please!!" I gleefully messaged back. After I'd read through the manuscript (i love it when I get to read the book before I start - it doesn't happen very often) we decided on a wrap-around design of a tree and falling leaves, based on the wallpaper which decorates the book's Waiting Room. It's white on white in the book, but as the cover will be viewed online rather than in store I decided it needed to have some subtle colour that would look good on all sorts of screens. Here's what we came up with:

I'm rather pleased with it - it's delicately autumnal and ever so slightly funereal, which suits the themes of the story to a T.
Here's the little description of the book I wrote for the website that he's using to publish:

"Paul is a busy man. With an important deadline looming he's no time to consider the needs of his wife and small children. But when he suddenly finds himself in a stark white waiting room, with nothing but time on his hands and the dead for company, he starts to look back on his life, his family and his friendships and finally begins to listen to the world around him."

It should be available soon on self-publishing website, I'll post a link when it's up.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Compassionate Tees

Compassionate Dorset, a regional supporter group for Compassion In World Farming recently ran a fantastic competition to create a new T-Shirt design for their fundraising shop. All proceeds from the shop go to support CIWF and the charity work done by Compassionate Dorset. I entered the two lovely ladies below, and they chose my silver sebright Chook as one of the four winners! Eeeeee! I've supported Compassion In World Farming for ages, so it's a real honour for me to know that my work is doing a little bit to help them in their quest to make life better for our farmed animals.  The winning designs will be added to the Compassionate shop and will also be on sale in new Boscombe boutique store, What Alice Found.

You can see mine and the other three wonderful winning designs on the competition page here:

Monday, 9 May 2011

I Say Tomato, You Say... Potato?

My copies of the Potatoes and Tomatoes books I illustrated arrived at the weekend, looking beautiful and reminding me of the Blackberry Farm books I used to have when I was little (I think they'd belonged to my mum when she was little too). I worked on the illustrations back in October and November, and I've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the finished books. So, without much further ado, here they are:

As well as plenty more illos by me they also feature lots of gorgeous vintage illustrations, tasty recipes, and all you need to know about growing and keeping tomatoes and potatoes. They're available in the shops now, and you can also find them on Amazon: Tomatoes  and Potatoes

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Dotty Gallery on Faceache

Hey folks! I spent a jolly nice day in sunny Wing today, helping out at Rowan's parents' place again, readying things for the ARTDEJARDIN sculpture garden launch on the 29th. If you happen to visit the garden during the exhibition (and you should, 29th May - 29th August) check out the edging along the paths- I did that. Oh, and the mushroom compost spreading too, it's exquisite, as is the rest of the garden. Have a wee shufty at these pics from previous years:
A tiny corner of the main lawn

The walled garden, with a bronze by Terry Slade

Rebecca Newnham's gorgeous 'Quercus' in the field

But what I really wanted to tell you (and hence the title of the post) is that my l'il bro's new Facebook page is now live. He's a talented, young fine art photographer (I previously blogged about him here).

This one's called 'Petey'. Jamie excels in photographing dead things, but he's also a dab hand with colour, flowers, people, landscapes, forest walks, moody skies, and alive things. Head on over to his page and give him a good old fashioned 'Liking'. Thanks!

Hopefully sometime this week I can make a start on a new commission that's been in the pipeline for a while. An old friend is self publishing his first book and has asked me to illustrate the cover for him. With any luck I'll be able to show you the finished product sometime soon!

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Draw Serge! Again

A while ago (almost two years) I mentioned Jonathan Edward's Draw Serge! blog of Gainsbourg-based illustrations, and how I fancied knocking up a little something for it. Well folk, I've FINALLY gotten round to it! I've been meaning to add a few more portraits to my portfolio (I almost never do faces) and Monsieur Gainsbourg's rugged visage was perfect for the task.

See the full post here. Jonathan's own work can often be found in The Guardian Guide, and always on his website: