Thanks For Every Little Thing.

There’s a lot to be thankful for if you are reading this. You are alive. You are surviving.It’s been an undoubtedly difficult time for many people and for many different reasons. If you are at all disadvantaged in some way (either through your age, your general health, your ethnicity, job security, relationship security, financial situation…

How to Wrap a Pop-up Bar in Maps.

A quick post this – I’m back from a holiday and haven’t had much time to write something longer. We were exploring the flatlands of Cambridgeshire, far from the sea and the city, searching for Roman roads and Iron Age burial mounds in the rain, getting lost in the pleasures of an OS map and…

How to Draw Hand Drawn Maps – A Quick Guide for Summer Holiday Fun.

Catching the sunshine between the rain storms, you’ll find me outside as much as possible, striding along the beachfront or roaming the pale end-of-summer greens of the city parks or the nearby wood. Maybe you’re doing something similar in your world, not quite ready to be indoors before Autumn calls with dropping temperatures and rising…

Oyster Gardening: Growing Pearls from Small Projects.

The life of an illustrator is often varied and some jobs are smaller than others. Currently I’m slap bang in the middle of finishing a lengthy picture book and about to start a large gallery map commission – news of them later. Instead, while I can’t talk yet of these other projects, I thought I’d…

Rapping and Mapping: A Tour Poster

The words ‘hip-hop’ and ‘nature’ aren’t what you’d usually expect to see in the same sentence but that’s what I was asked to think about when I took on a recent map commission. Sometimes it’s good to mix things up and challenge expectations I think. To be honest, this project was all about challenging expectations…

New Journeys with The Place Collective.

I am posting this a few days after the traditional celebration of Spring on the 1st May and a few days before the inaugural meeting of a new artist collective which I’ve been invited to join. Perhaps then, this is the perfect week for beginnings. The PLACE Collective is a group of, let’s call them,…

‘Escape from Coronaland’: Allegorical Mapmaking Workshop.

Since the start of the pandemic, I’ve been unable to give mapping workshops due to the closure of the museums that usually employ me. However, I’m pleased to announce I ran my first online workshop for The Brighton Chamber of Commerce on the 30th April. The workshop was part of the Chamber’s Brighton Basecamp: En…