Tuesday, 13 August 2013

The Dragon School, Oxford

For the last few years I have illustrated all the boarding houses for The Dragon School in Oxford.  It has taken a while but we are finally there.  These are used mostly for correspondence cards but some have been enlarged and printed on screens.  They are then used as backdrops and decoration when the school attends recruitment fairs around the country and in places as far away as Hong Kong.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

The Miners' Church, Buninyong

I've just had an email from an old client (old as in the year 2005).  She and her husband own a church which was converted into a bed and breakfast.  It's near a town called Buninyong, north west of Melbourne in Australia and it was built to service the spiritual needs of Cornish miners who came to work in the area during the goldrush of the 1850s.

I designed an illustration of the church which now sits proudly on the front page of their website. http://theminerschurch.com.au 

Not only that but a large reproduction of the illustration adorns their van.

Eight years later and they've even got bookmarks.  Is there no end to the flexibilty of a Pen & Ink illustration?  So the moral of this is:  when you are next in Victoria and you are looking for a place to put your feet up, the Miners' Church should be your first port of call.  Relax in wonderful luxury and admire our illustration wherever you look.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

A new design

This is a design I've been working on.  Its based on Kylie the merry-go-round horse (see below).

Monday, 10 June 2013

Lowestoft Steam Trawler

I have just completed some designs based on the steam trawlers or "Crownies" that used to sail from Lowestoft from the 1920s to the 1950s.  They must have been quite a sight (and smell).  Sadly none of these steam trawlers have survived and those that were not sunk or bombed in the war were scrapped.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

They Draw Horses, Don't They?

An eclectic collection of horse postcards is currently being put together. Steve of Inky Solutions who does a lot of our printing is keen to explore the theory that despite their popularity, horses and ponies feature very little on or in children's illustrated books because they are not easy to draw.  Crocodiles, hippos, cats, mice and even camels are a doddle but for some reason our equine friends present something of a challenge to the illustrator's pen.

For this reason Steve has invited illustrators across the land (well predominantly they are coming from Brighton) to submit their horse pictures on postcards.  At the moment they can be viewed on Pinterest and hopefully their numbers will swell before the end of the month deadline.  The winner gets free hay and stud fees for a year.  Not really.  They get 500 free postcards; but it's the taking part that counts.

If you like my effort of Kylie then show your appreciation by "liking" the picture on the following link and any others that catch your eye.